8 labor laws employers frequently break

Labor laws are designed to protect employees from discrimination and unfair workplace practices, Maryalene LaPonsie writes. LaPonsie outlines eight common ways employers break these laws, including prohibiting employees from discussing salaries and punishing workers for job-related comments they make on social media.

How content knowledge boosts reading comprehension

Deep knowledge and a command of vocabulary about a topic can help support reading comprehension, says education journalist Natalie Wexler, citing research on the cognitive science of reading. Wexler says her research shows that the knowledge gap that exists among students could be driving gaps in reading-comprehension skills and achievement gaps overall.

Deere & Co. increases reliance on leasing

Deere & Co. this year has increased its purchasing of tractors and construction equipment for leasing to farmers and builders. Leasing is more complicated than selling, and the company runs the risk that customers will come to prefer leases over outright purchases, Bob Tita writes.

Dunkin' moves up launch of Beyond breakfast sandwich

Dunkin' will roll out breakfast sandwiches made with plant-based sausage patties from Beyond Meat at 9,000 US restaurants in early November, about two months ahead of the original schedule, the company said Monday. A test of the sandwich in New York City revealed strong demand throughout the day.

VR creates escape for critically ill patients

Researchers at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital are testing a virtual reality platform for intensive care patients that simulates soothing environments and guides meditation. Results of a pilot study have been positive, and the program might also have applications in hospice care and pediatrics, says co-developer Marko Suvajdzic.

Advertisers finally embracing mobile-first creative

In-app mobile programmatic ad investment is shifting away from standard banners to full-screen video, native ads and full-screen interstitials, which have a higher impact on mobile users, InMobi's Anne Frisbie writes. She explains why this is such a positive mobile advertising trend, providing stats on the performance of video and describing how VAST has led to an improved, buffer-free mobile viewing experience, and writes, "It's amazing to see what is truly capable from a creative standpoint when brands start with a mobile-first perspective."

Under Armour CEO to step down, focus on product innovation

Under Armour founder Kevin Plank will move aside as the company's CEO on Jan. 1, and will be succeeded by President Patrik Frisk. Plank, who launched the performance wear brand in 1996, will remain with the company as executive chairman and brand chief, with a focus on product innovation.

Firefox, Chrome browsers expand security tools

Mozilla has added features to Firefox to improve data privacy and security, including social media tracker blockers, a tracking report and breach notification. Meanwhile, Google's Chrome 78 offers Password Checkup and breach notification.

Vincristine shortage raises concerns among patients, hospitals

Pfizer is the sole US manufacturer of pediatric cancer drug vincristine since Teva discontinued production, and treatment centers such as Texas Children's Hospital and the MD Anderson Cancer Center are concerned that available doses may need to be rationed. Vincristine deliveries are scheduled to resume by late October, but the shortage may last into December, according to the FDA.

ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights

Silicon Valley companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are likely to jump into the bidding for National Football League TV rights that expire in 2021 and 2022, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, though he expressed confidence his network would retain an NFL deal. Pitaro also pointed to the success of ESPN+, a premium streaming service with more than 2 million subscribers.

Contractors may request financing details, experts say

Contractors and subcontractors can take steps to verify that owners are on secure financial footing before agreeing to projects. Many construction contracts allow contractors to ask for "reasonable evidence" of financing, legal experts say.

Students protest for climate action

High school students have inspired throngs of activists and ordinary citizens worldwide to join the Global Climate Strike today to demand action on climate change from their national leaders. Over a million students were excused from school in New York City to participate in strike protests, while similar demonstrations are occurring in major cities all over the world.

UPS COO Jim Barber to retire

UPS Chief Operating Officer Jim Barber will retire at the end of the year. Barber, who was named COO last year, has worked for UPS since 1985, starting as a delivery driver.

Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for a 2020 visit

Lonely Planet scoured its staff and fans around the planet to find the top places to visit in 2020, and topping the list is Salzburg, Austria, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the summer cultural Salzburg Festival next year. Second through fifth places went to Washington, D.C.; Cairo; Galway, Ireland; and Bonn, Germany.