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Monday Workplace News Round-up

Like everyone else, I'm glued to the coverage of the horrific shootings in Tuscon, Arizona over the weekend. I hope everyone connected to the events will be able to heal both physically and emotionally. I hope also that our nation's political discourse can regain the civility it has lost in recent years. Here's your Monday workplace news round-up.

Federal officials and their employees are rightfully nervous about safety and security on the job.

Washington D.C. books to the top of America's "most literate city" list.

Some people aren't happy that the gadget-free quiet cars on New Jersey's transit trains aren't staying very quiet.

The San Jose Mercury News says the smartphone is the new Swiss army knife, but can it open a can of Spaghetti-Os or a bottle of beer? I don't think so.

A Citigroup report concludes smoking will burn out by 2045.

Are we entering the age of the permanent jobless class?

British Prime Minister David Cameron might make it harder for British employees to file unfair dismissal claims.

Will companies start using software that lets job applicants track the status of their job applications?

The author of this blog post dressed for an interview in a bathroom stall and tells everyone all about it.

Sitting up straight in a job interview can make the difference in getting hired.

A stay-at-home dad shares his take on opting out of office life.

Finnish cell phone maker Nokia sets up a Facebook page to chat with its future employees.

Meanwhile, an employer's Facebook posts are included as evidence in a National Labor Relations Board case.

Letting employees listen to music at work might be a good idea after all.

Employees at one hospital group could lose their jobs if they don't get a flu shot by the end of the day today.

Newt Gingrich supports federal legislation that would release state governments from their employee pension and benefit obligations.

Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group alters its employee bonus program.

MySpace is expected to make less space for employees.

Computers and mobile phones are going the way of the VCR and the rotary phone.

A day in the life of a New Jersey day laborer isn't all that great.

Britain cracks down on bloggers and Twitter users who endorse products but don't disclose their conflicts of interest.

Suncorp Life breaks down the top causes of death among Australian Gen Xers.

Meet 39-year-old Lucy, the world's oldest cat. That's 39 years in human years, making her a jaded Gen X cat. I wonder if she listens to INXS and Midnight Oil?

I'll be cheering on my alma mater tonight in the BCS championship game. Go Oregon Ducks! Bring on the quack attack!

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