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Monday Workplace News Round-up

Happy Valentine's Day! It's a busy one, and I'll update my round-up with news links as I can today. Here are a few headlines catching my eye so far:

Valentine's Day is the biggest day of the year for restaurant wait staff, but will they get good tips?

A new survey finds Americans like romancing people online, but are they doing it at work?

56% of Irish employees say they've had an office romance and regret it. Ouch.

Bill and Melinda Gates had the most successful workplace romance of all, but where's the Lifetime movie?

Employers in the United Kingdom: Please make sure employees know your company's postal code.

Hair nets and high heels are the mating call of the American working woman?

NPR says office dating can put workers on a collision course. Sort of like how I turn off NPR whenever Prairie Home Companion starts.

An interesting column about disabilities and technological change.

Now here's a management question that doesn't get asked everyday.

A bill introduced in Washington State would have the state's Civil Rights Commission investigate abusive work environment claims.

Apple audits its suppliers' workplace standards.

A study finds the average person is wading through 174 newspapers' worth of data every single day. And we wonder why we don't have an attention span anymore.

People who ride in taxi cabs get to complain in a new survey.

China is now the world's second largest economy.

The greater Washington D.C. area is bouncing back from recession and employers are doling out iPads and trips to France.

It's National Telework Week! Can you feel the excitement in the air?

GM, meanwhile, gives its hourly workers a little extra love.

An NFL player's workers' compensation case gains yardage and reaches a federal judge.

I wonder how Facebook will handle this?

Egyptian workers are being asked to stop striking.

Australia's new prime minister gets misty eyed and journalists draw connections to the workplace.

CEOs are losing the necktie.

Working parents should perk up to this article.

The American Cancer Society is pushing Alabama to outlaw smoking in the workplace. It's one of 15 states without a smoke-free workplace law.

Federal work sites around the country get ready for new federal breastfeeding rules.

States like Wyoming prepare for more in-depth federal reports regarding workplace death rates.

Employers sweat over what employees are saying online.

A new study reveals scientific careers and motherhood aren't mixing very well.

Losing your hearing at work can lead to low quality restless sleep. There's surely a lawsuit in there somewhere.

IBM's Watson gears up for an appearance tonight on Jeopardy. Will Alex Trebek utter the phrase "it's elementary, my dear Watson"?

The sun has two huge holes in it that are letting solar material and gas spill out into space. Have a great day!

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