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Wednesday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Band-aid solution: If your workers are committing suicide, then offer them a 30% pay raise. Meanwhile, Foxconn's Chinese factory workers keep killing themselves.

It's a keeper: The New York Senate passed a groundbreaking bill yesterday mandating overtime pay and at least one day off every week for the state's 200,000 housekeepers, nannies and domestic workers.

I don't do windows: Google has stopped using Windows and now Microsoft has something to say about it.

Purple haze: City workers in Mississauga, Ontario are in trouble for allegedly hazing fellow co-workers by beating them up.

April showers: Challenger Gray and Christmas reports today that U.S. employers fired pretty much the same number of people in May as they did in April.

Medical issue: Are medical residents employees or students? And should they have to pay Social Security taxes? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide.

On the run: Police in California are searching for a porn company employee who stabbed three co-workers with a sword and killed one of them.

Shell game: A great story about the impact of BP's environmental disaster on one small Louisiana business.

Trust, but verify: The FCC is seeking 10,000 volunteers to help it verify Internet providers' claims about residential broadband speed.

Rage against the machine: Microsoft just patented "fonts with feelings."

Losing it: Hawaiian companies are feeling lost now that the show of the same name has signed off.

Having withdrawals: VH-1 postpones the upcoming season of "Celebrity Rehab" because the show couldn't land enough celebrities. But the show signed Tia Tequila! Oh wait, nevermind.

Sweet deal: Hershey negotiates a new deal with its employee union to improve two work sites.

Out for blood: The Red Cross cancels blood drives across Connecticut as its workers there go on strike.

Space case: The U.S. Government offers $15 million in emergency retraining grants to Space Shuttle workers about to lose their jobs.

Load of garbage: Trash is piling up at a Bronx co-op as the building's workers go on strike over a wage freeze.

Just to pass the time away: A Russian man has been building his own underground subway system for 26 years, using his own pension money.

The Terminator: Movie director James Cameron says he has the solution to the Gulf oil leak. I hope it doesn't involve computer-generated blue creatures and Celine Dion power ballads.

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