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WHD Provides Long-Awaited Garnishment Guidance On The Meaning Of "Earnings" Under The CCPA
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)January 22, 2017

A rare and interesting thing in the world of federal garnishment law has just occurred: the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) updated its published position concerning the meaning of "earnings" pursuant to the Consumer Credit ...more »

Employment Agreements: Employers Need To Pay Attention to Growing Government Activism
IPWatchdog.comJanuary 22, 2017

For example, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act, which was signed into law this August and went into effect January 1, 2017, bans non-compete agreements for all workers making less than $13 an hour. The Utah Post-Employment Restrictions Act, which ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Israel Passes a Law It Knows Is Unconstitutional
BloombergFebruary 7, 2017

A law passed Monday by Israel's Knesset potentially puts the country in violation of international law by retroactively legalizing 4,000 homes built by Jewish settlers on private Palestinian land. But remarkably, the possibility of war-crimes charges ...more »

Native Americans
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Turners Falls students, the next best thing
The RecorderFebruary 17, 2017

“In my opinion, there is no way to retain the name 'Indians' that would not continue to present a civil rights problem, a pedagogical mixed message and a misalignment with our mission and core values.” “Your views are important, your opinions are ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Planning your garden
Gilmer MirrorFebruary 3, 2017

... and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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City accuses JFK contractor of religious discrimination
TimesLedgerFebruary 2, 2017

“We will not tolerate religious discrimination of any kind in New York City,” Hollis V. Pfitsch, the deputy commissioner of the law enforcement bureau at the city's Human Rights Commission said. “Employees of every faith have a legal right to request ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Law & Order: SVU Preparing Episode Inspired by Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Case
TVNewserJanuary 27, 2017

NBC's Law & Order: SVU is developing an upcoming episode inspired by the 2016 sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, TVLine reports. TVLine reports the episode, titled The Newsroom, is centered on a character named Howard Coyle, “the ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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End this cult of secrecy: Editorial
Toronto StarFebruary 7, 2017

The bottom line is that a law ostensibly aimed at ensuring “freedom of information” often does exactly the opposite. It can take so long to get records through the FOI process that they become irrelevant. The system stymies the ability of the public ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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'Give Us Your Passwords'
The AtlanticFebruary 10, 2017

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure—and even though the government has considerably more leeway to conduct searches at the border than it does anywhere else, federal judges have maintained that searches at ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Press freedom in Burma is under attack again — and Aung San Suu Kyi isn't doing anything about it
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2017

“[Aung San Suu Kyi's] government has stood by silently as some of the more outdated laws on the books are being used to suppress press freedom,” says Shawn Crispin of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “These laws are effectively giving her ...more »


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