The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one percent of the global population has autism spectrum disorder. And while events like Autism Awareness Month have raised the disorder’s profile, a Drexel University study found that about 40 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. But some tech giants like SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are actively trying to hire employees with autism. In this hour, we’ll look how employers and employees can both benefit from closing the employment gap for those on the autistic spectrum.
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President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order on Tuesday in an effort to prevent companies from choosing low-wage foreign workers over Americans. The order takes aim at the federal government’s H-1B visa program, which is supposed to help businesses hire highly-skilled, temporary workers from other countries. But critics of the program say it undercuts American workers and that most H-1B visas simply go to IT workers. But supporters say the program is vital to the tech industry, and argue that President Trump’s changes could hurt innovation. In this hour, we discuss President Trump’s order and how it could affect Silicon Valley.
On Sunday a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from his seat by police after refusing to give up his spot on an overbooked flight. The video of him being dragged by his arms down the aisle went viral and sparked a public relations nightmare for United. The airline’s CEO Oscar Munoz apologized on Tuesday, promising a review of the company’s practices. But that was after an emotionless public statement on Monday and a leaked company email that called the customer “disruptive and belligerent” and said that United employees “followed established procedures.” We’ll take a look at the practice of overbooking flights and how removing the Asian-American passenger might affect the airline’s business in China, where state media described the passenger as being of Chinese descent.
Despite gains in the last half century, women remain significantly underrepresented in positions of power across government, business, law and academia. That’s according to Stanford Law School Professor Deborah Rhode, who reports that women constitute 19 percent of Congress, only 17 percent of law partners and a mere four percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. We speak with Rhode about her new book “Women and Leadership” and we’ll get her take on the future of feminism under a Trump White House and a Republican-controlled Congress.
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