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EPA proposes stricter rules for ship ballast water
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

The EPA's draft permit lays out rules similar to those recommended by the International Maritime Organization in 2004, which shipping industry groups have said are achievable. But environmental groups and some states contend those standards are ...more »

300000 public sector workers in Scotland on strike
ScotsmanDecember 1, 2011

Thousands of public sector workers attend a march against pension cuts in Glasgow. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty By Tom Peterkin AROUND 300000 public sector workers in Scotland took strike action yesterday, forcing the closure of almost all of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Fronting in businesses spawns black tape
Independent OnlineDecember 2, 2011

Nedlac is reviewing the labour law and equity provisions that promote affirmative action. Every year the Employment Equity Commission declares itself frustrated that “transformation” in the workplace is slow. Businesses are bogged down with the “black” ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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I studied here then was forced to leave
CBS NewsDecember 1, 2011

Today's lottery is not particularly discriminating--applicants need a high school diploma and two years of work experience--and in 2011, 12.1 million people applied for 50000 visas. The national quotas have since been randomized, deprioritizing the ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Dems step up pressure on Snyder against EM in Detroit
The Detroit NewsDecember 16, 2011

"The thought of an unelected bureaucrat would have the power to unilaterally terminate collective bargaining agreements outside a court of law is legally troubling and morally alarming," according to the letter signed by Conyers, Reps. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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PRESS DIGEST - China - Dec 7
ReutersDecember 7, 2011

Grassroots authorities must improve their handling of labour disputes to ensure the country's 240 million migrant workers are paid in time for the Lunar New Year. All labor disputes involving more than 10 workers must be filed within a day and ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Mukasey: Full Supreme Court Should Hear Health-Care Case
Wall Street Journal (blog)December 5, 2011

Judges of all races and creeds decide sex and religious discrimination cases every day. Judges with and without disabilities decide disability cases, Mukasey says. “Challenges based on such factors, which engage biases far deeper than any purported ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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NBA adds non-discrimination agreement in collective bargaining
Windy City TimesDecember 8, 2011

Because there are no legal protections at the federal level, many private employers have adopted policies to protect their LGBT employees against unfair employment practices. HRC called on the NBA to adopt non-discrimination policies that cover sexual ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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40% of Canadians bullied at work, expert says
CBC.caDecember 6, 2011

Workplace bullying stats: In 1999, the International Labour Organization declared workplace harassment and violence one of the most serious problems facing the workforce in the new millennium. At the time, 75 per cent surveyed said they were bullied at...more »

Employment Contracts
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Cable claims plans will knock down employment barriers
Money MarketingDecember 1, 2011

A loophole in legislation intended to allow workers to whistleblow on breaches of colleagues' employment contracts means employees can blow the whistle on breaches of their own contract. From April 2012, the proposals are for that loophole to be closed ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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After the ICE raid: Some deported workers have returned to families in valley ...
The Herald JournalDecember 11, 2011

“Each time I would try to talk or say something, he would just be, 'Shut up, stupid,'” said Luis, an undocumented worker who lives Logan, through a translator. After being handcuffed, he was taken to the cafeteria. There Luis, a meat cutter at the ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Taking the lead in parent-care
TODAYonlineDecember 1, 2011

Back in March, MPs such as Mr Baey Yam Keng and Ms Irene Ng, as well as Nominated MP Paulin Straughan, had called for the Government to take the lead in introducing eldercare leave. To minimise costs, the MPs had suggested that the six days of ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB Decisions Demand In-House Counsel Vigilance
Texas LawyerDecember 8, 2011

They must know and understand the company's position regarding unionization and how to respond legally to questions about it without inadvertently committing unfair labor practices. Supervisors should also learn how to recognize and respond to early ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Yes, feds have had enough of attacks on their jobs
FCW.com (blog)December 2, 2011

Dean Heller's proposal to extend the current pay freeze for federal employees an additional three years stirred up quite the emotional reaction among FCW's readers, many of whom said they are ready to move on from government if the proposal becomes law...more »

Unions Choose Tax Plan Backed by Brown, Corporations over Millionaires' Tax ...
Beyond ChronDecember 5, 2011

California labor unions are typically cautious about ballot measures. When they get behind an initiative, such as the state minimum wage hike, they pick an increase amount that is overwhelming favored in polls. This results in smaller victories, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Blood-Test Patents Debated at U.S. Supreme Court as Einstein Invoked
BloombergDecember 7, 2011

US Supreme Court justices grappled with the reach of federal patent law, touching on both fire- building techniques and Albert Einstein's discoveries during arguments over diagnostic medical tests. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Turkia Awada Mullin may have case against Wayne County airport board
Detroit Free PressDecember 9, 2011

Mullin's contract includes a clause that would pay her 34 more months of salary if she is dismissed without cause, which the contract describes as dishonesty, theft, willful misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty or unethical business conduct. ...more »

Government Employees
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Noy says state workers to get P10-K bonus
Philippine StarDecember 1, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Government employees will receive their P10,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) by Dec. 15 as additional bonus this Christmas, President Aquino ...more »

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