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Monday Workplace News Roundup

A frantic week of interstate relocation that made me feel like Jodie Foster traveling through the wormhole in the movie Contact has finally ended. Only instead of landing on an alien planet in an alternate universe we landed in Washington DC. Oh, wait. They're kind of the same thing, aren't they?

Anyway, it's time to get back to work. Here are a few headlines catching my eye today:

Sound of silence: Is BP refusing to let its employees speak to a House panel investing the Gulf oil leak?

Good luck finding a job if you're (1) skilled; (2) live outside the EU; and (3) want to live in the UK.

Come on in: New Zealand, meanwhile, decides not to limit the number of skilled foreign workers who want to enter the country.

Unprotected text: A new Cisco survey finds employees routinely get around their companies' technology security policies and like to use unsupported applications.

Lo blow: LoJack Corp. announces a restructuring that includes laying off 46 employees.

What skills shortage: UK employees say their employers are under-using their skill sets at the same time they feel they have less control over their jobs.

See, spot, run: Nevada casino employees are working even harder in this recession to spot the good tippers.

Suicide watch: Foxconn outsources the management of its Chinese employee dormitories after a spate of employee suicides. Meanwhile, Foxconn announces plans to open a new Chinese factory that will employ 300,000.

Not buying it: U.S. consumers still aren't buying a lot of useless crap and neither are consumers in other countries.

Off the hook: Verizon charges a U.S. Marine's widow a $350 service termination fee even after she offers to show Verizon his death certificate.

Eyeing a problem: New research finds watching too much 3D television can lead to lazy eye.

Taxing situation: Canadian tax agency workers spend too way much time surfing the Internet and sending offensive emails, a new report finds.

Bit ban: China bans its soldiers from starting blogs because the Internet is "complicated."

Stop and stare: A woman sues the New York City subway system, claiming subway employees just stood and watched as a total stranger beat her into a pulp.

Dozing off: A 50-year-old Fairbanks, Alaska man is charged with assaulting a U.S. Census worker with a bulldozer. To date, U.S. Census workers have reported 379 assaults.

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