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Tuesday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Revision decision: The Bureau of Labor Statistics says U.S. workers weren't as productive as it recently reported.

Kidding around: New college grads are turning to babysitting in heavy numbers.

Getting their Zs: A new study finds people who start work between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. tend to get the most sleep. But Americans overall are still more sleepy than Europeans.

Middle rage: The CDC reports Americans between the ages of 45 and 54 are now the most likely to commit suicide. The researchers say they don't know why this is happening, but I suspect job loss combined with kids, a mortgage, mounting bills and an upset spouse just might play into it.

Boob tube: Did Sarah Palin get a boob job? This question is burning up the Internets today.

Detour route: BP is buying search terms such as "oil spill" on Google and Yahoo. CNBC, meanwhile, is already casting the BP movie.

Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn claims its workers are killing themselves because of personal problems and not because of pay scales or working conditions. At least 10 Foxconn employees have committed suicide so far this year.

Forget March Madness: A new Chartered Management Institute study says the World Cup soccer tournament could cost global employers 1 billion pounds in lost work time. Cue the Ricky Martin song, stat!

What's er name: Get ready for co-workers who go by names such as AZ-1000389 or "Tugette" instead of John or Sarah.

Oh, Canada: Canadian employers are more optimistic about hiring, with about 22% of them planning to hire during the third quarter.

Pay me: Bank of America employees in five states are suing for unpaid regular and overtime pay.

That settles it: "Octomom" Nadya Suleman settles a workers compensation case against a California hospital for $40,000. After fees and other deductions, she'll walk away with $23,120.

Fountain of youth: North Korea is claiming it's invented an anti-aging, brain-enhancing "super drink."

Risky business: 41% of U.S. small business owners don't have a business continuity plan. Curiously, roughly the same percentage indicate they don't think they need one.

Perking up: Employers in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area are offering part-timers more and better perks.

Shadow boxing: The Winnipeg Free Press says Gen X has "come out from the Boomers' shadow." But then Gen Xers saw their shadow, someone put them back in their cages and winter lasted for six more weeks.


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