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When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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County approves tax break for 'green' energy
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 4, 2012

FREMONT -- Sandusky County commissioners voted unanimously to designate the county as an alternative energy zone, which will provide tax breaks to green energy industries moving to the area. The decision was made Thursday as German-based wind turbine ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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SIA makes public technology roadmap
RF DesignLineFebruary 8, 2012

One of those key challenges, said SIA president Brian Toohey, was keeping pace with Moore's Law, and how to continue decreasing the size of semiconductors while increasing performance standards to meet consumer demands.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Newmont's Underwater Tailing Permit Legal
VIVAnews.comFebruary 8, 2012

VIVAnews – Ministry for the Environment (KLH) said the reissuance of tailing or seabed mining waste disposal license (STP) granted on May 21, 2011, to PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PT NNT) is already in accordance with the law.more »

Natural Resources
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Use natural resources for larger public good, says Supreme Court
Times of IndiaFebruary 3, 2012

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday once again reiterated that the all natural resources, including airwaves or frequency, are public goods and the government as the people's trustee has a duty to ensure that these are distributed in a fair manner ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Landscape Factors Impact Urban Pest Control
Science 2.0February 17, 2012

Although you might think that older homes would be more permeable to pest species, control and chemical use did not vary with building age in either study area. Likewise, residents in both locations were more likely to treat for nuisance animals if ...more »

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Congress to oppose EU law on aircraft emissions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congress will formally express its opposition to a European law aimed at reducing pollution from jetliners, a thorny diplomatic issue that has threatened to escalate transatlantic trade tensions.more »

Georgia Capitol Notes Days 10-14
WJAC JohnstownFebruary 3, 2012

Rick Jeffares said his bill would help local governments avoid making penalty payments for violating water pollution laws, such as when a sewage system malfunctions. He said local taxpayers pay those costs and, as a result, have less money to fix the ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Public Utilities
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PA governor signs bills for economic incentives, utilities
Gas Business BriefingFebruary 15, 2012

House Bill 1294 amends an existing law that, among other measures, aims to encourage public utilities to update infrastructure and enables them to recover their capital investment. The bill will permit utilities, subject to Pennsylvania Public Utility...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Toxic Waste Bust at Jakarta Port Could Point to Larger Problem
Jakarta GlobeFebruary 1, 2012

Yuyun Ismawati, founder of the Indonesia Toxics-Free Network, said the case was symptomatic of how corruption had allowed Indonesia to become a dumping ground for other countries' waste. “We have regulations on hazardous waste traffic,” she said.more »

Seqra Regulations
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Oneida Common Council Meets Feb. 7
Madison County CourierFebruary 6, 2012

AGREEMENT: Authorize the Mayor to sign an agreement with Team Health East, Woodbury NJ appointing a Medical Director to comply with regulations concerning rescue services provided by the City Fire Dept. (Myers) 3. COMMITTEES: Authorize the creation of ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Flourspar mining set to be the real big earner
Daily NationFebruary 1, 2012

By MAZERA NDURYA and BERNABAS BII Currently, Keiyo county council receives Sh18.4 million a year in land rates from the Kenya Fluorspar Mining Company. The company also pays local carriers millions of shillings a year to ferry the mineral from field to ...more »


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