Paying the Home Care Workforce

The fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are home care workers who assist the elderly or infirm who can’t take care of themselves. The government is reviewing laws that exempt some of those workers from certain overtime and minimum wage requirements and could force the industry to raise pay.

(Also, another piece in Bloomberg Businessweek last year examined the patchwork of regulation in the home care business.)

A Printing Press in Your Neighborhood Bookstore

Here’s my story from about On Demand Books, which makes a machine to print paperbacks on-site at bookstores and libraries. Originally conceived to give bookstores limitless inventory, it’s now used largely by self-published authors.

Two other recent stories about the publishing business: The NYT on Barnes and Noble’s digital efforts, and Businessweek’s Brad Stone on Amazon’s publishing venture.

Ranking Top-Performing Companies: The BBW50

I spent some time working behind the scenes to help put together this package on top-performing companies in the S&P 500 that’s in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek. The great work of our designers, who had a four-page spread to play with, isn’t fully reflected online, so you should go buy the magazine to get the full experience.

Also: Today on, a look back at Obama’s year-old effort to cut red tape, and why it isn’t as simple as he makes it sound.

New Laws for Sustainable Companies in California

Today on my story about two new California laws designed for socially responsible businesses. Outdoor gear maker Patagonia is testing one, known as the benefit corporation. The other, called the flexible purpose corporation, became law at the same time, and there’s a surprising amount of conflict between the competing visions of the future for sustainable companies.

I covered the early efforts to pass laws like these in Businessweek back in 2010.

Rehabbing Cancer Survivors

This week on, my profile of Julie Silver, a Harvard rehab physician and breast cancer survivor whose startup trains healthcare providers to rehabilitate cancer patients. When I started reporting this, I was surprised to learn most cancer survivors get very little rehab care, the kind of therapies that are standard for people after strokes, heart attacks, or traumatic injuries. For a deeper dive into the problem, read this piece from Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post.