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Monday Workplace News Round-up

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

L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez writes a moving column about the young busboy who held Robert F. Kennedy's hand in his final moments.

Newly-minted MBAs are feeling no pain.

New Zealand officials get ready to investigate the Pike River mine collapse.

Oh great, this recession is never going to end, is it?

Small companies are a breeding ground for workplace bullying.

A new study explores what women in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt think about the workplace.

12% of U.S. employers plan to give employees a Thanksgiving gift this year.

A Canadian employer is getting chewed out for telling employees they can't eat meat.

U.S. Bechtel wants to curb 834 Romanian workers building Romania’s Transylvania Highway over a dispute with the Romanian government.

A survey finds 76% of Gen Xers in Singapore expect to make a career change, the most of any age group.

A Wall Street Journal contributor's suggestions for reaching Gen X investors? Write a financial advice column for "Slacker Quarterly" and make potential clients a mix tape.

Forget the H-1B program because the United States is bringing in thousands of foreign tech workers under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension.

Meanwhile, Australia is stepping up to offer free tuition to foreign postgraduate science students.

The EU gives Italy 720,000 Euros for economic development that it spends on an Elton John concert. Now the EU wants its money back.

The U.S. Embassy describes Beijing's air quality as "crazy bad." Whoa, dude.

The unemployment rate of U.S. Native Americans is twice as high as for everyone else.

The number of employees in New York State getting health coverage through their employers has gone down.

Australian companies prepare for a new federal paid parental leave law.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) stops a bill that would allow Internet censorship.

By the way, your Wi-Fi connection is killing all the trees. No worries, though.

The economy has run out of gas, and so has the air.

Want to guess which U.S. city is the most dangerous?

45 million Americans had some form of mental illness last year, and the unemployed were more likely to be affected.

Shhh! Canadian employees who call in sick could really be Christmas shopping.

A Domino's pizza worker who posted a gross YouTube video gets probation.

The University of Phoenix lays off workers in Arizona.

Nevada looks to boost its low college graduation rate.

PC World has a theory as to why businesses aren't snapping up PC tablets.

Ever wonder where hair extensions come from?

The U.S. Postal Service failed to reach an agreement with its two largest unions over the weekend.

Workers in India love their bosses the most.

The ever-present image of founder Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia is spawning parodies like this one.

I've tried, but I can't understand the point of hitting the stores at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to fight with my fellow consumers over something I can buy online for roughly the same price. Sorry, I just don't get it.

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