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Monday Workplace News Roundup

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

Anger management 101: Stanford University's HR people have an angry ex-employee on their hands.

Please go: Utah's governor puts two state employees on leave for allegedly leaking the names of 1,300 Utah residents who are living in the country illegally.

Bad karma: An EMT accused of ignoring a dying pregnant woman while he was on a work break was killed outside a New York City club on Saturday night.

It's the law: New Zealand enacts laws making it easier to fire new employees and harder for unions to form.

Blowing it: A study finds one-third of middle-income workers will blow through all their retirement funds within 20 years. So tempted to make a Mel Gibson joke here.

Feeling crabby: Maryland crab companies are taken aback by a report alleging their shoddy treatment of H-2B visa workers from Mexico.

Bill me: The U.S. House votes 290-131 to require all federal agencies to come up with telecommuting plans. The Senate already passed its own bill.

Getting doc'ked: Insurers are bypassing the "Gucci doctors" over cost.

Bank shot: A North Dakota bank employee robbed at gunpoint wants workers' compensation for post traumatic stress disorder. Maybe she needs a shot of Ecstasy like U.S. soldiers are getting?

Say what?: Here's a Forbes article about China's Generation X that features a "Gen Xer" who was born in 1989, is 20 years old and has never known a world without computers. But what about rotary phones?

Quick read: A ZDNet writer rhetorically answers his own question in the headline.

Rock it: Workers upset over layoffs at a company in India pelt the building with rocks and get gun fire in return.

Drop it: Small companies in Massachusetts are dropping health coverage and pushing employees on to state-subsidized health care plans.

On life support: Georgia's health insurance fund for state employees is running out of money.

Foot in mouth: Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) says the unemployed are "spoiled." Meanwhile, Fox News does a story about the "Funemployed" -- i.e., unemployed people who are thrilled to be working for nothing. Seriously.

At a minimum: Hong Kong passes its first-ever minimum wage law. Unions want a minimum wage of 33 Hong Kong dollars per hour. That's about $4.23/hour in U.S. dollars.

Hell to sell: Vietnamese farmers grew too much rice and now they can't sell it all.

Friendly suggestion: A new study finds four in five teenagers are mentored by their parents but it would be good for them to see new people.

Waiting game: Will the U.S. Senate finally vote to extend unemployment benefits? We'll find out tomorrow.

No, turn here: A new survey of 2,200 Britons finds 70% argue in the car with their passengers at least once a month. The main argument? Not asking for directions.

Get your martini and John Deere lawnmower ready because "Mad Men" returns on Sunday.

Off topic, but timely: Here's an old Pravda article about Oksana Chernuha, otherwise known as Oksana Grigorieva. The translation is rough but it's an interesting read.

And last but not least: Another day, another Mel Gibson rant.


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