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Wednesday Workplace News Round-up

Hope your day is going well. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Gold prices hit a record high as investors fret over the weak U.S. Dollar.

Plantronics conducts an online survey to see how online communication is making people less productive. I refuse to see the irony here.

Gen Xers love email, but their younger co-workers think they're old geezers for using it.

Canadian employees are ready to bolt just like us, eh.

The jobs of Canadian sex workers just got safer, but life must suck for this spammer.

The U.S. Supreme Court debates the limits of government background searches.

If you've hoped for a handy graph that shows which tech companies are suing each other, look no further.

A loud workplace might tick off your ticker.

A woman sues Hyatt Hotels after she catches a male employee wearing her underwear.

The California Supreme Court says state employees still have to take unpaid furloughs.

Don't tell them the mailbox is full. Just don't do it.

Is Groupon giving companies gallons of grief?

Welcome to the Great Recession, where even college students can't find work study jobs.

New Zealand companies aren't hiring, either.

But North Dakota is trying to fill thousands of jobs, so not all hope is lost.

British employers may no longer ask job applicants about their health, thanks to the new Equality Act.

Working at the car wash, yeah. And working and working some more...

Kohler doesn't want to give the kitchen sink to its unionized employees.

A survey reveals Microsoft employees like the company but not the CEO.

That cheeseburger you just ordered? Chances are good an ill employee is making it for you. Bon appetit!

Forget the poor grammar...Sarah Palin spent all morning writing a Facebook post? Seriously?

Coca Cola executives hold a town hall meeting with employees.

40% of employees in a new Towers Watson survey say they won't retire on schedule. Only 40%?

Half of women business travelers play Farmville access social media while traveling.

Ailing Ground Zero workers appear to reach a settlement.

Double dip recession? CEOs in a new survey say no way.

Meanwhile, a leading economist says the next 20 years will be the slowest period of economic growth in U.S. history. Great.

Leave it to the Finns to come up with an animated, 3D children's book.

Here is what Mariah Carey looks like with clothes on. Actually, she looks better.

I'm surprised it took so long to see this story.

A new study finds U.S. churches are highly segregated. I think comedian Eddie Izzard is onto something here.

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