From child care stipends to flexible schedules, companies aim to help parents juggle remote learning and work again this fall

When the state issued its stay-at-home order in March, Gina LaMonica, 39, a partner with Chicago law firm Perkins Coie, had just returned from a work trip.

Overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic turned her Park Ridge home into an office and a school as she and her husband juggled their careers and the care of their two young daughters. Worlds collided, work shifted to all hours of the day and night, and somehow, they made it to the summer, exhausted and fully employed.

“It was very difficult,” LaMonica said. “Those were long days.”

For working parents like LaMonica, the pending start of the school year, which brings the anxiety of new teachers, schedules and courses under even the best of circumstances, is looming as a major source of stress.

A growing list of companies are pushing office reopenings to 2021 and many school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, are nixing even

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Many Companies Won’t Survive the Pandemic. Amazon Will Emerge Stronger Than Ever

The pandemic has upended businesses across the world, but it has been very good for Amazon. Every lockdown “click to purchase” nudged the company a little further toward utter domination of online shopping as total e-commerce sales nearly doubled in May. But if bigger was better for everyone, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos would not be appearing before Congress on Wednesday for an antitrust hearing.

Charlene Anderson, and sellers like her, are one reason why he’ll be there. Anderson is among the many merchants who sell goods on Amazon — and who together account for more than half of sales on the site. But they pay, too: Amazon charges Anderson a $39.99 monthly fee to post her knitting and craft supplies on its site, and it takes a cut of about 30 percent on each item she sells. Anderson’s seller experience has worsened during the pandemic as Amazon exercised

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Airline companies raid the piggy bank amidst the coronavirus pandemic

With the International Air Transport Association predicting that the aviation industry will lose $84.3 billion due to the Covid-19 crisis, airline companies are finding new ways to make what little money they can.

That’s notably the case of British Airways, whose parent company IAG recently announced that it was losing cash at a rate of £27 million a day (around $33.8 million) in reaction to the pandemic.

In an effort to stem the bleeding, British Airways will auction 17 masterpieces from its corporate art collection across two auctions at Sotheby’s, scheduled for later this July.

Among them are Bridget Riley’s abstract “Cool Edge,” which is estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million ($1 million and $1.5 million) during the “Rembrandt to Richter” evening sale on July 28 at Sotheby’s, London.

Formerly on view in a luxury lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport, this abstract masterwork was also briefly exhibited at

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