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Monday Workplace News Round-up

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope your day was a good one. Here's your Monday workplace news round-up.


Starbucks observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day by giving its employees holiday pay.

Chase Bank may have overcharged 4,000 military families on their mortgages, resulting in at least 14 home foreclosures.

Residents of York, Pennsylvania debate whether or not city employees must live within city limits.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Bari, Italy asks residents to post the names and pictures of lazy city workers to his Facebook page for public shaming.

Camden, New Jersey could lay off 45% of its police force tomorrow.

Silicon Valley looks to invest in East Africa.

Target is buying Canada's Zellers store chain and some people aren't too happy about it.

Greece has more strikes on the way.

Goldman Sachs hires an in-house barber.

Borders Books announces job cuts.

Great Britain ends its practice of forced retirement at 65, while Americans fight for the right to retire at 65. Yeah, figure that one out.

Japanese companies worry the country has created a young generation of homebodies.

Steve Carell will be leaving the office early. (Psst, writers: Less boring relationship stuff and more silly workplace humor, please.)

A study finds the world's children are addicted to gaming. Welcome to job training 2025, brought to you by Angry Birds.

The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines scuttles some company employee practices after he appears on the TV show Undercover Boss.

One writer wonders where Gen X fits in. Judging by the comments, Gen Xers would say they fit in right between Dave and Julie in the unemployment line.

The British vote for their favorite American president of all time and the winner is...

Australia's financial companies donate to help the flood-affected areas of Queensland.

AIG to pay out $450 million as part of a workers' compensation settlement.

New labor laws will take the drive-thru window instead of going inside Congress.

The good news? U.S. small businesses plan to spend more money this year. The bad news? They're not going to spend it on hiring.

The Great Recession leaves K-12 schools hurting big time.

Arkstorm? Really?

Hundreds of job seekers swarm the Kohl's table at a job fair in northern Texas. Ditto in Virginia.

Nestle Nutrition announces it will close its Minnesota plant, resulting in 243 lost jobs.

A Minnesota McDonald's employees gets fired and then rehired over an incident involving a NFL player.

IT workers are getting wired about the job market.

Get well, Steve Jobs.

Argentinians aren't willing to bank on it.

Americans are starting to feel better about the new health care law.

China is having second thoughts about our relationship.

Thieves are going after employees' smartphones now.

Here's a glimpse of your future life with office robots.

Meanwhile, Kenyan employees are grappling with technological progress.

Get ready for more employee visits to the restroom.

Wonkette gets my vote for best headline of the week.

Everybody's debating whether or not Ricky Gervais went too far with his Golden Globes monologue last night. Maybe, but he's the only reason I tuned in.

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