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Connecticut Man Sentenced for Role in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

... Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General; and State of Connecticut Department of Banking. To report financial fraud crimes, and to learn more about the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, please visit www.stopfraud.gov.more »

IRS Form 2290 HVUT Tax Return Filing Deadline is November 30, 2011 for Tax ...
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Beginning November 1, 2011, IRS will provide a stamped (receipted) Schedule 1 to those who file and pay their tax. E-File and Pay 2011-2012 Truck Tax 2290 and Schedule-1: IRS e-file for 2290 is now available for the tax period beginning July 1, 2011. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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George Will's Disingenuous Idea on How SCOTUS Can Help Black People
Above the LawDecember 2, 2011

You'll just look like George Will prancing around the pages of the Washington Post trying to act like he is against affirmative action because he suddenly wants the Supreme Court to step up to the plate and “help” black people…. Will's editorial in ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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How “Immigration Reform” Could Sink SC's Tourism Industry
FITSNewsDecember 14, 2011

We're focused for the moment on the impact that South Carolina's latest so-called “immigration reform” legislation will have on the state's biggest economy engine – which prior to the recent recession was generating $18.4 billion a year in economic ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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State Supreme Court may be asked for rehearing on collective bargaining lawsuit
Green Bay Press GazetteDecember 22, 2011

AP MADISON — The district attorney who filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law passed earlier this year effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers said Thursday he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Top Chinese Security Official Sounds Warning about Economic Imbalances
TIME (blog)December 5, 2011

And not all strikes are reported, but sometimes, as during labor disputes at several foreign-owned factories in 2010, the high-profile nature of the companies, including Honda, ensured widespread attention. Are Zhou's comments a warning of future ...more »

Rrb Disability
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State agrees to spend $5.6M a year help mentally ill inmates
MetroWest Daily NewsDecember 21, 2011

By Matt Murphy/State House News Service A settlement between the state and the Disability Law Center that has resolved a federal lawsuit is expected to cost the Department of Correction $5.6 million a year to improve its treatment of prisoners with ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Tradition Today: The stranger in your midst
Jerusalem PostDecember 2, 2011

Is it even legal to discriminate against any group in employment on the basis of race or religion? Many organizations have been getting into the business of giving so-called “kashrut certificates” that deal not with the ritual aspects of kashrut but ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Injured Macomb Vet Loses $4.4M Jury Verdict in Appeals Court Decision
Patch.comDecember 15, 2011

James McKelvey of Macomb Township had been awarded millions by a jury that decided he had endured harassment at his Warren workplace because of his Iraq war injury, but an appeals court has ruled in favor of the judge who threw out the verdict. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Oracle Accuses HP of "Campaign of Secrecy and Deception" Over Itanium
All Things DigitalDecember 3, 2011

20, 2010, Mark Hurd, Oracle and HP entered into a written settlement agreement. Pursuant to that agreement, HP dismissed its lawsuit against Hurd, and did not further challenge Hurd's employment at Oracle. In exchange, Oracle contractually committed ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Filipino workers in Syria ignore repatriation program – DFA
Inquirer.netDecember 2, 2011

By Jerry E. Esplanada MANILA, Philippines — The majority of an estimated 17000 Filipino workers in Syria, mostly undocumented domestic helpers, have ignored the government's voluntary repatriation program, prompting an intensification of efforts to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Presagia Releases the FMLA Guide
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Every year from coast to coast, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ensures that working families are allotted the necessary time to balance personal obligations and work. While the FMLA was enacted to protect both employees and employers, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Union alleges unfair labor practice against Cooper Tire
Columbus Business FirstDecember 9, 2011

Union workers at the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. factory in Findlay have filed an unfair labor practice charge against the company over a recent lockout, the Associated Press reports. The 1000 locked-out members of the United Steelworkers allege the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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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 »

Politics turns hearing on union election rules into three-ring circus
Workday MinnesotaDecember 5, 2011

WASHINGTON - Partisan politics, courtesy of the GOP, turned a National Labor Relations Board vote on rules for union election procedures into yet another Washington, DC, three-ring circus. Before the dust settled, the lone Republican ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Deaths on Government Aircraft Exceed Commercial Toll
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

Not including flights in war zones, accidents since 2007 have killed 52 people, including a team battling a forest fire, wildlife and forestry workers and citizens that law-enforcement agencies were trying to rescue, according to data compiled by ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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MONK v. SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN FIRE DISTRICT
Leagle.comDecember 14, 2011

In his suit, Monk alleged causes of action for retaliation in violation of Labor Code section 1102.5, wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, constructive discharge, and breach of an implied contract to terminate only for cause. ...more »

Government Employees
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Gov. Jerry Brown defends plan to reduce pension costs
Los Angeles TimesDecember 3, 2011

Jerry Brown discusses his proposal to rollback public employee pension benefits during a news conference at the Capitol. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / October 27, 2011) By Michael J. Mishak and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times As he puts ...more »

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