With not much of a playbook, here’s how local business leaders acted as the coronavirus crisis spread

Managing people has emerged as a paramount concern as the stresses from working from home and the fear of illness threaten to overwhelm everyone.

GameStop to employees: wrap your hands in plastic bags and go back to work

GameStop is allowing customers to make purchases from outside the door and is instructing employees to wrap a plastic bag around one hand, open the door a crack, and take the customer’s credit card, according to a manager at a local store.

Mass. income tax filing deadline extended to July 15

Massachusetts will extend the state income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, officials said Friday.

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State pension fund takes a hit, but credit ratings could be the real concern

The Legislature and the Baker administration recently agreed to sock away $3.1 billion from the state budget in the next fiscal year. Analysts worry that if the state diverts a large part of that to help with coronavirus aid efforts, it could fall short of pension-funding goals.

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Top Places to Work nominations now open

It's a strange time to think about what makes your company a great place to work, but having something positive to focus on might be a nice change of pace.

Ginnie Mae plans disaster aid for virus-hit mortgage servicers

A top US regulator is working to provide a lifeline for mortgage servicers stressed by the coronavirus pandemic through programs meant to address natural disasters.

Microsoft deal values Affirmed Networks at $1.35 billion

Microsoft Corp.’s agreement to acquire 5G software maker Affirmed Networks Inc. valued the company at about $1.35 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Help Desk: How to turn your home into your sanctuary

This period of confinement may force us to reimagine the spaces we live in.

Vitual reality

Could 3-D video save real estate’s spring season?


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Top Places to Work

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These 128 businesses have the happiest employees in the state. Here are sortable lists of the winners, and how we compiled them.


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The private sector is unwilling to take on the financial risk, experts say, despite desperate need.

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Stocks roar, with Dow spiking 1,300 points, after Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus bill

A dismal unemployment report failed to pop Wall Street’s buoyant mood on Thursday, with stocks running to their third straight day of gains following the federal government’s pledge to shower trillions of dollars on US citizens and commerce.


Stop & Shop hiring, Nordstrom to start furloughs

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World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call

The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations during an emergency virtual summit Thursday that “we are at war with a virus – and not winning it” despite dramatic measures by countries to seal their borders, shutter businesses and enforce home isolation for well over a quarter of the world’s population.

We’ve learned a lot about coronavirus, but not enough

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Real estate attorneys push Legislature to allow remote notarizations during pandemic

A coalition of real estate and probate lawyers is pushing for state legislation that would allow law firms to use videoconferencing to complete actions that typically require them to notarize documents.


Widespread computer glitches foil residents filing for unemployment benefits

Problems in the state's computer system are slowing down processing of critically needed unemployment claims.

How much money could you receive from the coronavirus relief bill? It depends on how much you make

How much money might you see from the bill, if it’s passed without changes by the House and signed by President Trump? Here’s a look at what the legislation says.

3-D printing to the coronavirus rescue? Not so fast.

Hobbyists are scrambling to make substitute protective gear for health care workers, but some in the industry warn the products might not be up to standard.


Waltham company given FDA approval for test kit

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Dow swells nearly 500 points as Wall Street stretches stock rally into second day

But with the coronavirus outbreak unquantified and untamed, many analysts say it’s too soon to declare an end to the weeks-long market slump.

Baker, Walsh are at odds over coronavirus construction ban

The governor says work should continue statewide, but the mayor insists Boston projects will remain idle during the health emergency.

American Airlines 777's airplanes were parked at Tulsa International Airport on Wednesday. Airlines, as well as hotels, cruise lines, coal-mining companies, and others strangled by the coronavirus shutdowns, are lining up to receive slices of a $2 trillion aid package funded by taxpayers.

Congress to bail out firms that avoided taxes, safety regulations and spent billions boosting their stock

Many companies behaved in ways before the current economic crisis that are making a bailout tough to swallow, labor advocates and some economists say.


Baker under pressure to delay April 15 tax filings to match feds

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs is so concerned, it launched its own letter-writing campaign on Tuesday.

In a matter of days, coronavirus has devastated Boston’s hotel industry

A report says that occupancy rates have fallen from 80 percent to the single digits.

Takeda donates more than $6 million to fight coronavirus

The company, with its US headquarters in Cambridge, is earmarking the majority of it for the Red Cross.

Grocery stores a lifeline but also a place of anxiety, especially for workers

The supermarket remains a lifeline, but grocery stores are also a place of great distress, especially for those who work there.

The agonizing tradeoff between the disease and the cure

Health specialists say President Trump’s fixation on setting a fixed date to reopen for business, especially one just weeks away, is wrongheaded when we still know so little about COVID 19.

Controversial BU lab is only one in New England with live coronavirus

It will test thousands of drugs in hopes of finding a treatment for the disease.


Dean of HBS to stay until the end of the year

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US stocks surge on hopes that a stimulus deal is imminent

The massive stimulus is designed to be a lifeline to Americans and their employers until the novel coronavirus is brought under control and the country finds some semblance of normalcy.

Small businesses plead for government help at all levels to stay afloat

The latest potential lifesaver: a $350 billion loan program included in the new stimulus legislation, being pushed through Congress.

Medical glove factories cut staffs in half as Malaysia tries to contain coronavirus

Malaysia is by far the world’s largest medical glove supplier, producing as many as three out of four gloves on market. The industry has a history of mistreating migrant workers.

Coronavirus spurs a wave of suspect websites looking to cash in

Some e-commerce sites are taking advantage of the ease of creating your own website and the fear of COVID-19.

Baker wants construction work to continue, despite the pandemic

The governor says it would be ‘a tremendous loss’ if much-need housing doesn’t get built.

Akamai to slow video game downloads to minimize Internet congestion during coronavirus shutdown

Akamai says that during peak usage hours it will slow down the downloads of video games, in an effort to ensure the Internet performs well for other users.


CVS to hire 50,000 people to deal with coronavirus fallout

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Boeing's manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., is among the Seattle area operations that Boeing plans to temporarily shutter.

Boeing to shut some operations after employee death

Boeing will halt all of its production activities in the Puget Sound region of Washington State, an early national hotspot for coronavirus, for two weeks following the reported death of an employee.

Here’s what the Fed’s new lending programs do — and don’t do

The central bank announced a slew of new lending programs, but none provide direct help to smaller employers or individuals.

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GE Aviation to slash 10 percent of its US workforce because of coronavirus

There will also be furloughs and CEO Larry Culp says he will forego his salary for the rest of 2020, as the company reacts to the airline industry’s downturn.

Medical staff in France held packets tablets containing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, drugs that have shown signs of effectiveness against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus scare causes US supplies of anti-malarial drugs to dwindle

The drugs are being used by some doctors in the United States and China to treat the coronavirus, but lack definitive evidence as an effective treatment.

Stocks slump, despite Fed aid, as rescue bill stalls again

Stocks fell about 3 percent on Wall Street Monday as Congress hit another roadblock in talks to inject nearly $2 trillion into the economy.

Moderna might seek emergency approval this fall of coronavirus vaccine for health care workers

But the Cambridge biotech is still sticking to its 12-to-18-month projection for widespread availability.

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Woody Allen has new publisher, memoir out Monday

Woody Allen’s memoir, “Apropros of Nothing”, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home at Arcade Publishing.

Firefighters pushed down a wall while battling a fire engulfing an apartment complex in hard-hit Paradise, Calif., in 2018.

PG&E will plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric, California’s largest utility, said Monday that it had agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest wildfire.

Can your cellphone track coronavirus?

Can your cellphone track coronavirus?


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In hiring, going blind (selectively) can help to reduce bias

Bias lurks everywhere in hiring, in fact, holding back women and people of color, in particular. But a movement is growing to level the playing field. Some employers are ditching resumes altogether.

Construction has screeched to a halt, but not everywhere

Construction is going on – or not – in a patchwork nature after some shutdowns across the Boston area.


Amid crisis, donations to Boston Resiliency Fund show kindness can be contagious

Within days, the Boston Resiliency Fund had more than $16 million in donations. Its overnight success offers a road map for other cities and civic leaders.

Britain shows the way with pandemic payroll protections

Boris Johnson’s government has taken bold steps to help workers during the coronavirus crisis. It’s time for the United States to follow suit.

As coronavirus spreads, workers say employers are putting them at risk

From car dealerships and construction sites to government offices and airlines, workers still required to report to their job sites say their employers aren't doing enough to protect them as coronavirus spreads.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.