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How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

Illinois implements new security laws for 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

Earlier this month, a Florida man posing as a Department of Homeland Security officer was arrested in a Chicago suburb after he tried to open an account at the US Bank on Ogden Ave in Lisle, Illinois using fake identification and a phony check for $3.5 ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Tunisian president says liberties to be protected
Reuters AfricaJanuary 1, 2012

Coalition parties are now drafting a new constitution which he said would enshrine those demands in law. "In all likelihood we are going to have a constitution that is very specific on human rights, on women's rights, on public and private liberties," ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Spain passes piracy law; some draw parallels to SOPA
Washington PostJanuary 5, 2012

on an alternative proposal that would not block Web sites. Related stories: Ezra Klein: How much does online piracy really cost the economy? SOPA hearings cast debate as old media vs. new media Fight against SOPA calls in star power.more »

Eminent Domain
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Letter: Eminent Domain Is Not an Issue in Rowayton
The Daily NorwalkJanuary 16, 2012

NORWALK, Conn. – The most recent Common Council meeting saw a spirited debate that involved discussion of eminent domain. I agree with Mr. Miklave and Mr. Hempstead (et al) that the power of eminent domain is one not to ever be taken lightly. ...more »

Native Americans
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15 Years ago in the Sounder - North Slope Borough considers Native-preference ...
The Arctic SounderJanuary 7, 2012

"We were concerned that if (the assembly) passed a Native American preference ordinance they might subject the borough to having $44 million in grants pulled." The Civil Rights Act of 1964 does provide an exception allowing for preferential hiring ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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US Lawmakers Propose Bill To End Racial Profiling; Millions To Be Spent - OpEd
Eurasia ReviewJanuary 5, 2012

The bill as written will also make it easier for those who claim discrimination to sue federal, state or local governments for damages. According to a public-interest group that investigates government corruption and abuse, while the proposed law's...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Data pinpoints Lower Maple Ave. accidents
Elmira Star-GazetteJanuary 3, 2012

21, 2011, which this newspaper acquired under the state Freedom of Information Law. While complete data was not available for crashes after Feb. 28, 2011, including the June 12 head-on crash that killed a county sheriff's officer and a town resident, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Visalia chamber offers training to prevent sexual harassment
Visalia Times-DeltaJanuary 4, 2012

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Employers will present the state-mandated training program for supervisors on sexual harassment prevention from 7:30-10 am Jan. 25 at the Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave., Visalia. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Occupy movement and the First Amendment
Muncie Star PressJanuary 1, 2012

It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Walhalla hit with lawsuit alleging rights violations
Anderson Independent MailJanuary 12, 2012

The lawsuit alleges for causes of action two incidents of false arrest, incidents of illegal search and seizure and violations of his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Lee is seeking a total of $77 million from all the defendants, ...more »


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