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Thursday Workplace News Round-up

It's been hard to pull myself away from the twists and turns happening a half a world away in Egypt, hence my usual Monday News Round-up postponed until today. What an amazing series of events unraveling in Cairo. I hope everyone over there will stay safe. I also hope that today is treating you well, wherever you happen to be in the world.

The situation in Egypt just keeps evolving.

So does the status of its internet connection.

Indian software companies evacuate their employees from Egypt.

Other multinational firms are closing their Egyptian offices temporarily, too.

Here comes the inevitable question for companies.

Happy Chinese New Year! 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. I remember the Year Of the Cat, if only vaguely.

Canada's corrections department looks to hire at least 3,000 new employees this year.

Wells Fargo says there's a retirement gender gap.

And there's a growing pay gap between male and female doctors.

40% of middle class Americans say they're having trouble paying their basic bills.

Meanwhile, pay on Wall Street hits a new record.

Texas lawmakers get ready to trust, but E-verify.

Announced job cuts in the United States are down 46% compared to last January.

And 52% of employers say they plan "practically no" cutbacks this year, according to a new Right Management study. I'm not sure what "practically no" means, either.

Things seem to be going down the drain at the Passaic Valley, New Jersey sewer commission.

PC Pro says the word "app" is so overused it doesn't mean anything anymore. Maybe there's an app for that?

An Indian court rules that astrology is a real science, taking "Hey, baby what's your sign?" to a whole new level.

Allstate uses an ad campaign to tally car accident rates by astrological sign and freaks people out.

Being a lawyer sure isn't what it used to be, even though law school enrollment holds steady.

The Great Recession in chart form for your viewing pleasure.

Verizon tells its employees not to buy an iPhone right now.

Speaking of Verizon, the title of this story sure catches the eye, doesn't it?

A bill working its way through Congress would lead to more flexible workplaces for military spouses and those caring for disabled service members.

A new Pew study turns up some interesting findings on city councils.

The production crew of Two and a Half Men waits for Charlie Sheen to finish his at-home rehab so they can get paid. Wait, at-home rehab?

Wisconsin state workers are told to trek to work in deep snow, then they find the offices are closed.

New Zealand's unemployment rate climbs to 6.8%.

A new survey of single people finds men are slowly turning into women.

Really? Oh, my.

Snow collapses the roof of a Massachusetts business.

An Albanian man sues Facebook for disabling his account.

Executives are leaving Microsoft, and it has business reporters talking.

Virginia's General Assembly considers giving local and state employees the option of converting into a 401(k) program. Because we all know how well the 401(k) system is working out.

On that topic, 25% of Baby Boomers don't have any savings for retirement.

New York's city workers might get a smaller paycheck this month.

Want to guess which U.S. state has the highest number of illegal workers?

Utah, meanwhile, considers a guest worker program.

Postal employees save a puppy addressed priority mail.

U.S. small businesses are hiring again! Yay!

Gen Y thinks employers have a right to ban social media at work?

A worker files for workers' compensation after apparently slaughtering 100 sled dogs.

Does winning the Oscar for best actress ruin your marriage? Scientists say yes. Proceed with caution, Natalie Portman.

Girls love gaming, especially if Mom or Dad joins in.

Do you need a college degree? A new Harvard study says maybe not.

A student sends his robot self to school.

A new study says people over age 60 don't get the humor on The Office. Well, the American version hasn't been as funny lately, and now the hilarious Mindy Kaling is leaving. Gah!

By the way, happy belated Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil made his annual appearance at Gobbler's Knob (insert joke here) yesterday and predicted an early spring this year. It's great news after the winter we've had on the East Coast. Thanks, Phil!

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