Undocumented workers ‘completely adrift’ as crisis persists

In the waning days of August, Elia had enough money to either pay for next month’s rent or cover back-to-school expenses for her two teenage children. But not both.

It was the latest in a long line of financial dilemmas that Elia, an undocumented domestic worker from Mexico, has faced since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in March decimated her client list. Clients, she explained, discontinued her cleaning services because they worried about her bringing the virus into their homes.

The ensuing belt-tightening has been severe.

“The first thing that you stop buying are personal items. My kids and I, we are making do with what we already have,” said Elia, who asked to withhold her full name for fear of reprisal. “No new clothes, no new shoes. There’s no money for that.”

The income she still pulls in from the handful of clients she has left goes to

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How to make your DevOps dollars go further during a crisis

The temptation during any major (or unprecedented) financial crisis is to either massively cut costs or spend money to get you out of the particular hole you’ve found yourself in. A Harvard Business Review study from 2010 found that companies that cut costs quickly in a recession a far more likely to fall behind the competition coming out of it.

The study also found that the companies that were progressive — seeking operational efficiency over immediate cost-cutting — were significantly more successful, with higher revenue growth and lower layoffs than others.

This applies to past, present, and future crises, especially when applied to software development. In a survey my company in May 2020 took of IT professionals across America, over 60% reported that they’d seen layoffs and 36% reported a reduction in spending.

Encouragingly, we found that 34% reported a shift to more agile processes and 28% reported the

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How hunger has reached crisis level on college campuses (exclusive)

Yahoo Life has partnered with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Soledad O’Brien for the exclusive premiere of the documentary Hungry to Learn (watch above). O’Brien and her team followed four college students facing the hard choice of paying for college or paying for food and housing. She discovered that an astounding 45 percent of college students are struggling with hunger. In the article below, O’Brien reports on how the hunger crisis is escalating this fall as most campuses open remotely because of COVID-19, leaving financially struggling students with no place to live or eat.

When Isabella Moles started the 2019-20 school year at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., her grades were rising. She was a leader in her sorority and on her campus. She had two jobs and a car. The school had found scholarship money to address her most vexing problem: food and housing costs she couldn’t afford because

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A crisis hotline for transgender people, by transgender people

Oriana, a volunteer with the peer-support network Trans Lifeline, at home in Boston in July. The phone shows the total calls answered by the nonprofit to date. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Oriana, a volunteer with the peer-support network Trans Lifeline, at home in Boston in July. The phone shows the total calls answered by the nonprofit to date. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Oriana went through the usual motions of preparing for a two-hour shift on the hotline. They filled a big glass of water, swaddled their armchair in a blanket and laid out a crochet hook and yarn on the desk, in case there was a lull in calls.

Downtime was unlikely, though, on this summer night.

The Trump administration had just finalized a rule that would reduce protections for transgender patients from discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies. And Trans Lifeline, which describes itself as the only crisis hotline for trans people operated entirely by trans people, is flooded with calls every time the nation’s highest office does something that threatens the LGBTQ community.

The calls

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5 strategies for thoughtful brand building during a crisis

The impact of the coronavirus will be felt for a long time after the crisis has passed. Right now, many marketing efforts are going down the drain, either because consumers have stopped listening, or because brands are too scared to spend money in such a volatile environment. The crisis has already altered consumer behaviors significantly, prompting shifts in how people use technology, e-commerce, live streaming, e-learning, gaming, and online grocery shopping.

As a business owner, you’re probably aware of the need for a shift in thinking when it comes to marketing and brand building during this crisis — so let me help you take the jump.

These times call for a different approach that lets your customers know you understand what they are going through.

You can see examples of it everywhere. Businesses are changing the way they interact with their customers and reaching out to support them in any

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America’s ‘college completion crisis’ is about to get worse

Before 2020, some students in America were struggling to complete their college education — ending up with no debt and no degree.

And amid the coronavirus pandemic, there are indications that completion rates are likely to get worse.

Read more: How to pay for college: Strategies & tips

“The United States arguably already had a college completion crisis and the public health crisis is likely to make it worse,” authors from two think tanks wrote when discussing a new survey of 1,407 college students across the country.

Students at New York University wait outside of a COVID-19 test tent outside of its business school on August 25, 2020 in New York City. (PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The poll from Third Way and New America, conducted online between August 6-17 by Global Strategy Group, found that the group anticipates that it will take them longer than usual to complete their

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Governance, the G in ESG, is critical to businesses seeking capital to survive coronavirus crisis and US-China conflict

Companies that actively communicate with stakeholders, such as shareholders and employees, are more likely to survive and even emerge stronger from economic turmoil than those who run and hide from the unfolding crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and worsening US-China relations, according to a panel of governance experts.

Corporate-governance scandals have proliferated across the region as companies have fallen into financial difficulties and sought a quick way out, including Chinese Starbucks’ challenger Luckin Coffee that faked its financial accounts. Investors and creditors are making hard choices over which companies to back, and sound governance will be a deciding factor, the experts said.

“In such an environment, stakeholder engagement is clearly very important,” said Loh Boon Chye, CEO of Singapore Exchange, during a webinar this week organised by the South China Morning Post and independent think tank, the California-based Milken Institute.

Singapore Exchange’s CEO Loh, Boon Chye is pushing companies

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The Mental Health Trauma of the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

Inequality is rampant throughout the health care system: Women of color are more likely to die of breast cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19, and more likely to report chronic, severe anxiety. There are many reasons—gaps in biomedical research, deliberate discrimination and racism, lack of resources, lack of empathy—all of which come to a head when a Black woman gets pregnant. Black women in the United States are three to five times more likely to die from pregnancy or postpartum issues than white women, a maternal mortality crisis that cannot be ignored. In Glamour’s Black Maternal Health series, we’re sharing these stories—and solutions.

Freedom Smith was scared to scream during childbirth. She was a 21-year-old single mother-to-be with no insurance, no family support, and no stable prenatal care, and the words of the staff in the maternity ward had weighed heavily on her mind. “I had a

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How to financially come of age in a crisis


Despite every disruption, cancelled event and altered circumstance, certain milestones are still being reached. Across the country, school leavers are preparing to enter the workforce or head to university, graduates are preparing for their next steps, and every day teenagers are turning 18.

For the current crop of teens there’s something that might sweeten the bitter pill of coming of age in the current crisis. That spoonful of sugar is their child trust fund (CTF).

All children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011 qualified for these accounts, receiving £250 from the government at birth and then a further £250 at the age of seven, plus whatever contributions their friends and family were able to make. The first of these accounts will begin maturing next week.

Even if parents and guardians did not open an account for a baby, the emergent adult hasn’t missed out as HMRC

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Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame/ Monster’ exposed the bad romance of a celebrity crisis

Lady Gaga's 'The Fame/ Monster' exposed the bad romance of a celebrity crisis
Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame/ Monster’ exposed the bad romance of a celebrity crisis

Welcome to 2000s Week! We’re exploring the pop culture that shaped us at the turn of the millennium, and examining what the films, shows, and games from the era say about us then and now. It’s a little #tbt to the days before #tbt was a thing.

Celebrity looked different in the year 2000. True superstars were actors and musicians whose work appeared fully formed in front of their audiences. Their private lives were only ever glimpsed through the window of interviews, news articles, and paparazzi photos, and the average person had no input on who or what became worthy of notice. Fame was a top-down process, with Hollywood and record labels selecting its stars and hanging them in the sky for the public to admire their shine.

With the new millennium came reality television, as cheap

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