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Wednesday Workplace News Round-up

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Employees won't get as much paid time off this Thanksgiving, but they'll get more holiday gifts. Huzzah!

CareerBuilder finds about 30% of employees have called in sick this year at least once when they weren't really sick.

Note to employees doing business over lunch: The other diners really, really hate it when you text and tweet. It's okay to take pictures of your food, though. Huh?

Meanwhile, a CNET article talks about how to make employees more productive on their smartphones. Just not in restaurants, please!

Stalled debate over extending the Bush-era tax cuts has employers calling their accountants.

As if work isn't stressful enough already, employees are getting fired for using doctor-prescribed drugs to alleviate chronic conditions such as back pain.

A judge rules Connecticut voters may wear wrestling gear to the voting booth. Boy, I'm glad we got that one cleared up.

Wait...employers in Australia can spy on employees via camera and keystrokes without them knowing about it?

Gen Y encounters real life.

Former Hanford employees will be honored this Friday on the National Day of Remembrance for Cold War Workers. Who knew?

North Carolina hikes its workers compensation insurance rates.

Will New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie really fire 1,500 state employees next year? Apparently so.

Ever wonder what a Steve Jobs business card would look like? Well, wonder no more.

Business travel is starting to take off again.

The banks in Hong Kong are hiring at a fast clip.

CBS.com wants you to nominate someone you know for "Employee Of the Month." The winner gets $5,000. If you work alone, can you nominate yourself? Hey, it's a serious question!

Green Bay city workers get a dress code, but does it allow cheeseheads? Well, maybe on Casual Friday.

Don't try this at work, folks:

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The employee who blew the whistle on Glaxo could get a $96 million paycheck.

A new study finds Gen Xers are the primary users of online social networks at work. Take that, Gen Y!

More Baby Boomers decide to join Facebook. Their kids are busily readjusting their pages so Mom and Dad can't read everything on it.

The Ohio Supreme Court rules schools are free to fire any employee with a criminal conviction.

Half of high school students admit to bullying others in a new survey. Someday, they will be bullying their co-workers online.

ESPN Zone pub workers in Maryland sue Walt Disney Corp. for unpaid wages under the WARN Act.

In other Disney-related news, the U.K.'s Daily News writes today that Disney employees refer to the company's parks as "Mousewitz" because they're so unhappy with the working conditions.

The Department of Veterans Affairs gears up to study an increase in military suicides.

Companies still aren't ready to deal with people online who talk smack about them.

Google is now the second-largest Internet service provider.

A Unisys survey finds a majority of Americans want the President to have an Internet kill switch.

Welcome to the era of Information Rage. Love the term.

CNN wonders if Microsoft is dying. I'm guessing we won't see this story on MSNBC, though.

Some U.S. Supreme Court justices are supposedly taken aback that the people bankrolling various political ads aren't disclosing their names to the public.

A new report says clean drinking water is Americans' biggest concern and we're willing to pay more for it. Great, now water bills will go up again.

The United States doesn't crack the top 20 on a "least corrupt countries" list. Ouch.

Whoever is producing Jerry Brown's latest ads out in California deserves a raise because the ads are that effective.

Gen X mourns the passing of the Walkman. So much for mix tapes.

Now I'm going to think about this if I see Olivia Munn on The Daily Show tonight.

RIP, Paul the Octopus.

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