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Companies need older workers: here is why

The demographic trend is no secret: the populations of the United States and other major industrial countries are getting older, and fast. That means workforces are aging too, but employers are doing surprisingly little to prepare to meet the challenges or adapt to employees' needs.

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Employers help pay student loans to attract workers

For public relations manager Maggie McCuen, having help from her job to repay student loans is not priceless - it is worth every tangible penny of the $1,416 her company has added to chip away at her loan balance since December 2016.

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Social reform is rare bright spot in Saudi economic gloom

Nouf al-Anzy's new life shows how Saudi Arabia's social reforms are helping its struggling economy. Six months ago she got her first job, one of tens of thousands of women to do so as the government tackles prejudice against female employment.

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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

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JPMorgan to build Silicon Valley fintech office

JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Friday that it was building a new "fintech campus" in Silicon Valley for more than 1,000 employees, as it pushes to keep abreast of changes in digital payments.

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Air France inks pay deal in milestone for new CEO

Air France-KLM's new Chief Executive Ben Smith struck a pay deal with French unions on Friday, drawing a line under a protracted standoff that had led to costly strikes and the abrupt departure of his predecessor earlier this year.

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