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How real is the perception of age discrimination in the workplace? In a recent poll on Monster. com, more than half of U.S. respondents (53 percent) indicated that their career prospects would be improved if they underwent plastic surgery or cosmetic dentistry. Only 31 percent disagreed, the rest not being sure. Canadian respondents were somewhat less supportive of going under the knife for career advancement.
More recent research confirms what working parents already know: Running a family and household builds useful skills that can be transferred to the workplace. The study by Clark University in Massachusetts and the Center for Creativein North Carolina indicates that working parents handle stress better and are better able to master key workplace skills like and . The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, sought to "determine how managers' commitments to marriage, children or both affected their life satisfaction, career satisfaction and work performance."
You may have noticed this in the headlines: Federal immigration authorities are ramping up their workplace enforcement. The current Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported filing nearly 4,500 criminal and civil cases against employees and employers in 2006, an increase of more than 600 percent in enforcement in the last five years. These ICE cases include not only the traditional sanctions against companies but also charges against individual hiring managers. Under current law, knowingly hiring an illegal worker can be punished by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.