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Thursday Workplace News Round-up

Happy first day of autumn! My day is going well, except that my cat ate my lunch when I wasn't looking. You snooze, you lose. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Employers should get ready to see some costumes on the job, because consumers plan to spend more on Halloween this year.

Health coverage for government employees turns out to be a big election year issue in Guam.

Another 150,192 U.S. workers lost their jobs in August, and roughly one-third of them worked in manufacturing.

San Jose, California's redevelopment agency lays off 20% of its staff. So much for economic development, I guess.

The State of Connecticut is fighting AT&T's planned layoffs in the state.

Federal employees get a few twists on their Roth IRAs.

The Mayor of Detroit seeks a 10% pay cut for unionized workers and wants to privatize operation of the city's freight airport.

NASA is letting employees get up close and personal with the Space Shuttle as the program winds down.

Macy's plans to hire 65,000 seasonal workers for the holidays.

Hmm, I wonder if he'll do a Threat Down tomorrow while he's at it.

GOP senators fail to stop a new union organizing rule from taking effect.

New survey finds half the job applicants getting job offers are being offered 25% less pay.

Note to self: Don't send a resume that includes scanned photo of cat. Of course, my cat is in the doghouse, so...

The North Carolina state fair is hiring!

Gen Yers are savvy with technology but Gen Xers use these technologies better. So there.

Companies are using real employees in their marketing campaigns.

Even Greece's independent contractors are on strike.

The French, meanwhile, are still protesting President Sarkozy's pension reforms.

New numbers reveal being a temporary U.S. Census worker wasn't without its risks.

Eight New Hampshire post office workers go in together on a Powerball ticket and win $200,000.

Doctors in New York who care for workers compensation patients are getting a raise.

CFOs think job applicants are most likely to screw it up for themselves during the job interview. No pressure, though.

"If two trains are headed toward each other at 55 and 75 miles an hour, respectively" pretty much sums up life for today's job applicants.

Which federal agencies are the best to work for? Washington Post writers debate the question.

A survey finds 89% of employees believe their monthly paycheck is being calculated correctly. The other 11%? Well, not so much.

Well, at least Canadian consumers aren't spending their money, either.

The U.S. House just passed a $42 billion small business jobs bill.

The Internet wants to redirect you. I predict an "employee productivity drain" study within a year.

In work-related entertainment news, "Undercover Boss" ramps up its second season this Sunday on CBS. "The Amazing Race" is back, too. Yay!

Sesame Street turns a cold shoulder to Katy Perry. (Psst, Ms. Perry: It was the outfit, but you probably know that already.)

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