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Monday Workplace News Round-up

I had such high hopes for 2011. Then Tuscon happened, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker started busting unions and taking prank calls, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, we could see a government shutdown in a few days, gas prices are heading toward $4 per gallon, and now TV critics seem to agree unanimously that last night's Oscars telecast was the worst ever. And to think it isn't even spring yet. Here are a few headlines catching my eye lately:

Businesses in Christchurch, New Zealand try to pick up the pieces. Hang in there, guys. We're all thinking of you.

Finally, an article about how to work in more exercise during the workday. Is it wrong to read it while having some potato chips?

British employers work toward low carbon workplaces.

Is Microsoft loosening its employee moonlighting rules?

Infosys faces visa fraud claims.

Patient-on-employee violence appears to be a growing problem for U.S. hospitals.

A good column about Gen Xers struggling to pay off their student loans. So happy to see someone finally talking about it.

Should you let employees use their own tech gadgets on the job? This article says yes, you should.

Is being bilingual giving Hispanic workers an edge in the job market?

Temple Grandin has some advice for employers.

A new study finds two in five non-English speaking Australian workers will experience discrimination at work.

Meanwhile, the Missouri House passed legislation last week that would make it harder for employees to win workplace discrimination lawsuits.

An anti-smoking group is pushing the city of Casper, Wyoming to ban smoking in the workplace.

Newly-minted technology workers lack workplace skills.

The Tennessee legislature considers a bill to toughen the state's workers' compensation laws in favor of employers.

Want to get ahead at work? Then you might need an attitude adjustment.

The British don't like their jobs, either.

Employers battle employee drug use in South Africa.

No one has any manners anymore, thanks to technology.

College students say they feel guilty for texting during class.

Walmart is named one of the best employers for older Canadians.

An amputee takes steps against his employer.

Cubicle violence is a growing trend.

An AARP survey finds only 14% of people over age 50 in Washington State will eventually retire.

A writer wonders why Hollywood is avoiding films about the Great Recession.

I thought this guy was the best part of last night's Oscars. Congratulations, Luke Matheny!

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