When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Indians Firms May Benefit From Trump’s H-1B Limits

As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #visas

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Trump, Biden and ‘Made in USA’: Same Refrain, Varying Notes

Joe Biden’s economic proposals show how the president has shifted the playing field toward protectionism. But there may be fewer jobs to lose, or regain.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #outsourcing, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protectionism-trade, #relocation-of-business, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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How to hire your first engineer: A guide for nontechnical founders

For founders who have a startup idea — but few engineering skills to make it a reality — making the team’s first technical hire can be a daunting task.

Nontechnical founders will face greater challenges when it comes to sourcing and recruiting engineering talent, but another factor that raises the stakes: They must often act quickly to find someone who could very well end up with co-founder status.

We interviewed a handful of startup founders and technical leaders to get their thoughts about how nontechnical founders should approach the hiring process for engineer no. 1.

Their advice spanned how to handle technical interviews, sourcing technical talent, how to decide whether your first engineering hire should become CTO — and how to best kick the can down the road if you’re not ready to start worrying about bringing on an engineer quite yet. Everyone I spoke to was quick to caution that their tips weren’t one-size-fits-all and that overcoming limited knowledge often comes down to tapping the right people to help you out and lend a greater understanding of your options.

I’ve broken down these tips into a digestible guide that’s focused on four areas:

  • Sourcing technical candidates.
  • How to conduct interviews.
  • Making an offer.
  • Taking a nontraditional route.

Sourcing technical candidates

Knowing what you’re looking for obviously depends a good deal on what you need. Founders have more flexibility if they’re just aiming to get engineers on board so they can get an MVP out the door, but technical expertise is only part of the equation if you’re aiming to hire for someone that may end up being a co-founder or CTO.

#cto, #developer, #early-stage, #engineer, #entrepreneurship, #hiring, #outsourcing, #startups, #tc

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Biden Pushes a Jobs Plan and Tears Into Trump’s Covid Response in Michigan

Before sketching out a plan to keep more jobs in the United States, the former vice president denounced his rival over revelations in a new book that the president knowingly minimized the coronavirus’s dangers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-taxes, #federal-taxes-us, #labor-and-jobs, #michigan, #outsourcing, #trump-donald-j

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Trump Dismisses 2 T.V.A. Board Members After Outsourcing Dispute

The Tennessee Valley Authority, an electric utility, quickly said it would reconsider its move to shift some work to contractors outside the United States.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #outsourcing, #tennessee-valley-authority, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Upsides for Some Remote Workers; Lost Pay and Security for Others

Working from home creates economic winners and losers. It can benefit highly skilled employees but depress others’ wages and make it hard to organize.

#automattic, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckduckgo, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

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The Pandemic Isn’t Bringing Back Factory Jobs, at Least Not Yet

It’s a moment of reckoning for global supply chains. But that doesn’t mean companies are flocking back to the United States.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-tariff, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foreign-investments, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #outsourcing, #relocation-of-business, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Do We Pay So Many People So Little Money?

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing America to confront its epidemic low-wage problem.

#income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #minimum-wage, #outsourcing, #summers-lawrence-h, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Needing At-Home Workers, Call Centers Turn to People With Disabilities

Companies caught short by the pandemic are hiring from a pool that was already prepared to handle a surge in phone traffic away from offices.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #disabilities, #labor-and-jobs, #national-telecommuting-institute, #outsourcing, #shutdowns-institutional, #telecommuting

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