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Wednesday Workplace News Round-up

I haven’t done a workplace news round-up in awhile. I’ve been suffering from some editorial ennui amid the cold winter weather. To quote Wayne from Wayne’s World: "I thought I had mono for a whole year, but it turns out I was just bored." Such is life. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Goldman Sachs orders its nervous employees in Japan to stay put.

Honda shortens its U.S. production runs because parts from Japan are running low.

The Crocs company donates 100,000 pairs of its rubbery shoes to Japan.

Oregon inches closer to passing an immigrant tuition bill that would let children of illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public universities.

Uh, oh -- the mergers and acquisitions folks see a lot of good times ahead this year.

Get ready for e-cigs in the workplace.

Connecticut considers extending its workplace smoking ban to very small businesses, including the self-employed.

The NFL lockout means no one is talking anymore.

Don’t worry business travelers, because the airport scanners you pass through every day are "mostly" safe.

In other airport-related news, Quantas announces job cuts.

Companies in New Zealand are also cutting jobs following the big earthquake last month. New Zealand's prime minister says assistance payments to quake victims will be extended.

U.S. job cuts are down 39% over this time last year, a new Challenger survey finds.

The luxury watch industry is trying to get Gen Xers to buy watches. Now if they’d only look up from their smartphones to listen to the sales pitch.

Gen Yers aren’t slackers like the Gen Xers, they’re just slow starters. What a difference an over-generalized phrase makes.

Hmm, I wonder if this applicant got the job?

The Wall Street Journal wonders if the "mommy track" is still taboo. I have an idea: Let's stop calling it the "mommy track" because it’s an archaic, condescending term to today's working parents. The 1980s called and wants its business lexicon back.

Yale Law School says fewer people are applying. Maybe they saw this classic Xtranormal video.


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