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Monday Workplace News Roundup

Hope you had a relaxing weekend. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Do ask, do tell: The Pentagon surveys the troops and asks questions such as "Do you currently serve with a male or female service member you believe to be a homosexual?" Some groups are not happy about it.

Union label: BLS finds union elections slipped 60% between 1997 and 2009, but when an election happened 66% of employees voted to unionize in 2009 compared to 51% in 1997.

No lawyer joke: Female lawyers at top law firms earn $66,000 less on average than their male counterparts, but that's pretty much on par with women's earnings overall.

Whatever works: The Obama Administration focuses on underused stimulus programs to spur job growth.

You're grounded: Employers in Finland worry that employees are abusing frequent flier mile programs and they're watching more closely.

Calling Inspector Gadget: A new survey finds 95% of employees use at least one mobile device on the job that they've purchased themselves and employers have no clue.

Taxing situation: India is about to launch a program that allows employees to make sure their employers are paying income taxes.

Peeling off: Panamanian plantation workers who pick bananas are on strike and at least 100 have been hurt in clashes so far.

Shiny, happy people: Federal workers are really, really happy to have their jobs. For those who temped for the U.S. Census, however, job go bye-bye.

On a tear: A group of workers in Cleveland spent Saturday tearing down a giant LeBron James advertisement on the side of a building.

One hell of a drug: Are chemo drugs killing the health care workers who administer them?

Flat out bad: Leading economists say the U.S. recovery is flattening like a flan in a cupboard.

Paper chase: South Carolina starts checking the paperwork of employees at small businesses to make sure they're legal.

Face it: Are women more likely to be addicted to Facebook?

Not tapped out: A new study finds the very rich have $10 trillion in untapped assets.

Whale wail: The ocean is getting noisier and North Atlantic whales are screaming to be heard. I bet job seekers feel they can relate.

Fat, drunk and stupid: The average college student studies for 14 hours a week, compared to 24 hours in 1961. Apparently, if Boomers and Gen Xers would have studied harder this would not have happened.

Future shock: That co-worker who walks into the office saying, "It's too hoooot outside" is really going to be bitching about the weather in 20 years.

No Oprah and bon-bons: A new report finds the unemployed keep looking for work even when they're receiving unemployment benefits.

Low paid go high tech: Low income Americans represent the fastest growing group of wireless Internet users. More than 46% of households earning less than $30,000 now have a wifi connection, an increase of 11% since last year.

Generation next: The Financial Post asks the question: "Is it time for Generation X to lead?" Gen Xers just want to know when it's time to take a nap because the kids are wearing them out.

Airline pilots love a good prank, especially when they can play it on passengers. Cue the Monty Python sketch.


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