Yuki Noguchi http://wrti.org en Foreclosure Influx Causes Backlog In Some States http://wrti.org/post/foreclosure-influx-causes-backlog-some-states Real estate is about location, location, location. And foreclosure is no different. Depending on the state, it can take an average of three months or three years to process a foreclosure. And the disparity in how states deal with foreclosures is getting bigger.<p>The fate of thousands of troubled homeowners in Central Florida rests in the hands of Lee Haworth, foreclosure administrative judge for Florida's 12th Judicial Circuit. "We were hit pretty hard," Haworth says.<p>His caseload exploded from fewer than 1,000 foreclosures six years ago to a backlog he estimates is now 20 times that. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 1498 at http://wrti.org Foreclosure Influx Causes Backlog In Some States Small Businesses Staying Lean, Wary Of Hiring http://wrti.org/post/small-businesses-staying-lean-wary-hiring Optimism is growing about the U.S. jobs market. Fewer people are applying for unemployment benefits, and hiring is up. The lion's share of new jobs are coming from small and medium-sized firms. But even if the economy comes roaring back, many small businesses aren't likely to hire with wild abandon.<p>"It's a huge commitment, when you're a very small firm, to add someone," says Kate O'Sullivan, director of content for <em>CFO </em>magazine. Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:15:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 1244 at http://wrti.org Small Businesses Staying Lean, Wary Of Hiring Identity Theft A Growing Concern For Businesses http://wrti.org/post/identity-theft-growing-concern-businesses You've heard of identity theft — someone using a person's credit information or a Social Security number for ill-gotten gains. Well, experts say similar crimes are also affecting businesses.<p>Business identity theft involves posing as a legitimate business in order to get access to credit lines or steal customers. Experts believe that the practice has become more prevalent in the past two years.<p>Scott Burnett's family has owned and operated AAA Termite &amp; Pest Control in Memphis, Tenn., for four decades. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:31:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 921 at http://wrti.org Identity Theft A Growing Concern For Businesses New Consumer Agency Eyes Bank Overdraft Fees http://wrti.org/post/new-consumer-agency-eyes-bank-overdraft-fees The <a href="http://www.consumerfinance.gov/">Consumer Financial Protection Bureau</a> says it's looking to overhaul rules on overdraft fees. The new agency will be seeking data from banks about how they handle overdrawn accounts, and how they assess fees. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 646 at http://wrti.org New Consumer Agency Eyes Bank Overdraft Fees Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive http://wrti.org/post/age-discrimination-suits-jump-wins-are-elusive For older Americans looking for work, finding a job can be a tremendous challenge. Someone 55 or older will typically take three months longer to find employment than the average job seeker.<p>And with more people of all ages looking for work in the slow economy, age discrimination complaints are on the rise — but becoming harder to win.<p>Employment law experts say that has a lot to do with one particular case: <em>Gross v. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 455 at http://wrti.org Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive