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Monday Workplace News Round-up

Happy 2011! I'm not feeling my mojo yet on this first Monday morning of the new year. So today's news round-up is a bit shorter. I'm going to have another cup of coffee before adding a few more headlines. In the meantime, here are a few stories catching my eye today:

The United States starts 2011 with fewer people applying for unemployment benefits. Let's hope it lasts.

The U.S. underemployment rate, however, hits 17%.

More U.S. employers are getting in trouble for classifying employees as independent contractors.

Everybody needs to take a chill pill so we can have a rational discussion of public employee unions.

The Great Recession has turned Americans into real couch potatoes.

People don't make passes at people who wear glasses as the old saying goes, but the good news is that they're more likely to hire them.

Smart Money says it knows the ten things your boss won't tell you. "Why are you reading articles instead of working?" didn't make the list.

You won't find any American Airlines flights on Expedia today.

Who are unemployed people mad at? Well, at least their ex-boss is probably off the hook.

On a similar note, if a few of your employees don't seem very interested in hitting their June project deadlines, this might be why.

A computer bug made iPhone users late for work over the New Year's weekend.

43.8 million people changed their Facebook relationship status to "single" in 2010.

California makes it a crime to impersonate someone online.

Child support payments are the lowest in 30 years, thanks to the Great Recession.

Young Chinese love a good coupon.

President Obama signs the 9/11 responders health insurance bill into law.

AOL is hiring.

Journalists in India are about to get a raise.

Wikipedia meets its $16 million fundraising goal. Okay Wikipedia, you can take down all the Jimmy Wales pictures now.

From the Another Sign Of the Times files: Dollar General will hire 6,000 new workers in 2011.

The British are turning the bedroom into the webroom.

Pop quiz: Which major U.S. charity is celebrating its 73rd birthday today?

Maine and Vermont lead the nation in addiction to painkillers.

New York implements a new law for pooling restaurant tips, but will servers get the short end of the stick?

A Global Compliance study concludes NBC's "30 Rock" is the biggest workplace ethics violator on TV. Wait, someone actually studied this?

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