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Monday Workplace News Round-up

Hope you survived the holiday weekend. I don't know about you, but I sure am tired of eating turkey. Here are some headlines catching my eye today.

It looks like federal workers won't be getting a raise anytime soon.

A new study finds women feel more stressed about Facebooking. It's okay to let Facebook users name your baby, though.

Speaking of Facebook, George W. Bush will be at its headquarters this afternoon to take your questions live online.

The British Royal Navy fires 300 aircraft builders to hire cheaper Polish workers.

In other news, British consumers don't have much disposable income.

Well, at least we know that members of the U.S. diplomatic corps can be as gossipy as the rest of us.

More employers are offering paycards instead of paychecks. Sounds cool, as long as employees aren't getting hit with fees.

New college grads who expect the corner office within three months are in for a rude awakening.

A newly-elected Republican congressman channels the entire U.S. economy by saying he's been advised "not to rush in and start hiring."

South Dakota goes live with its own health reform website. Time for an obligatory viral reference.



A new Connecticut program will allow 40,000 businesses to obtain employee dental plans through their local chambers of commerce.

The Harrisburg, PA city controller decides not to issue paychecks to six police officers because they make too much money?

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell approves a pension overhaul bill.

Home-based daycare workers in Quebec vote overwhelmingly in favor of a pay raise.

The Love Boat morphs into Agatha Christie's Death On the Nile in the Caribbean.

A 42-year-old Florida golf course maintenance worker dies after a golf ball hits him in the head.

Southern casinos aren't ready to fold yet.

Pass the sunscreen, because the U.N. Climate Change Conference starts today in Cancun. Parasailing and ziplines not included.

A Spanish woman would love to charge them for the sun exposure, since she claims to own the sun and has the notarized documents to prove it.

Cue the red Mini Cooper convertibles and Cure albums because Gen Xers are having a mid-life crisis.

All hail the rise of the thrift store Christmas!

The three second rule really does rule.

Click here to find out which shipping company is least likely to deliver a crumpled box with broken contents.

A computer algorithm calculates the most boring day in history, and it wasn't running a Law And Order marathon.

Actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away. I wouldn't call him Shirley, I'd just call him wicked awesome.

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