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Wednesday Workplace News Round-up

The news cycle is spinning out of control, and we can't stop paying attention even while we work.

So I'll go ahead and add a workplace news round-up to this morning's hot mess of breaking news. Here are a few workplace-related headlines making news this morning:

CEOs from Target, Best Buy, J.C. Penney and other retailers will trek to the White House today to discuss tax reform and infrastructure.

New, tiny office sensors know when you leave your desk. Employers say they're using them for energy efficiency reasons. Sure.

Sentiment analysis, meanwhile, is telling employers exactly how happy employees are in their jobs. Hey, why not just ask them? Talk is cheap(er)!

Confirmation hearings begin tomorrow for Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.**


Americans' overall stress level has suddenly skyrocketed for the first time in ten years. Wow, I wonder why.

Secret-sharing website Whisper has an on-going thread where employees are revealing their reasons for sabotaging their co-workers. (Psst, your sneaky, undermining co-worker probably wants your job.)

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that "subgroups" of employees over age 50 can bring Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims when younger employees were favored in the workplace. PS: "younger" in this case also applies to employees in their 40s.

A new employee survey reveals only 18% would be willing to risk innovating at work if there's a risk of failure. Good going, helicopter parents!

The videos in our Facebook feed will soon have the sound on by default as we scroll past them. Please, no!

Generation Z doesn't use email, so get ready for email to evolve its way out of the workplace. It may actually happen this time. Just try to keep up, Millennials.

Will Seattle's cool waterfront treehouse have to be torn down? (Yes, this story has nothing to do with the workplace unless you work at home in a treehouse. I just saw the episode of Treehouse Masters and this story caught my eye.)

**Update: nevermind.

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