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Haley wants Occupy Columbia suit sent to fed court
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsDecember 1, 2011

In court papers filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the governor and other top state officials say the issues around the arrests of protesters involve constitutional rights to free speech, assembly and unreasonable search and seizure and should be ...more »

FHA Mortgages Could Become Major Choice of Financing
FreeRateUpdate.comDecember 1, 2011

Now that loan limits for FHA have been increased, FHA mortgages could become a major choice of financing for many people interested in purchasing a home or refinancing an existing FHA mortgage. Popular with consumers because of the low down payment ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Chiwanza urges women empowerment
NewsDayDecember 30, 2011

Members of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) last week put aside their differences when they came together at an end-of-year party. After a tumultuous year that resulted in power struggles and ultimately led to the resignation of the Supa Mandiwanzira ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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US Bill may permit 10000 Irish people to obtain work visas
Irish TimesDecember 14, 2011

“Fundamentally, the whole game has changed in the last few weeks,” said Niall O'Dowd, publisher of the Irish Voice newspaper in New York, and co-founder of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform. “Hispanic, Indian, Filipino and Chinese lobby groups got ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Educators dropping union memberships
Elizabethton StarDecember 5, 2011

By AP NASHVILLE (AP) — Hundreds of Middle Tennessee educators have dropped union memberships since state lawmakers stripped the organizations of collective bargaining rights earlier this year. Membership in the Metro Nashville Education Association is ...more »

Labor Disputes
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The GOP's war on labor unions
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

The Republican war on unions continues apace. On a near-party-line vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill crafted to thwart a National Labor Relations Board decision, made earlier Wednesday, that would entitle workers to a timely vote on unionization ...more »

Rrb Disability
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2012 brings new laws on California employment
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 20, 2011

This law also increases penalties for wage violations and makes additional changes regarding collection of such penalties, including an increase in the statute of limitations, the chamber says. -- SB299 requires all employers with five or more ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Avoid Problems Posed By Medical Records
TV News CheckDecember 2, 2011

Late last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published regulations governing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) that are applicable to employers. Here are 10 suggestions for addressing the aspects of the new ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Avoid sexual harassment during the holidays
Hudson Valley PressDecember 7, 2011

In fact, a 2011 AOL Jobs survey reported that, "one in six persons has been sexually harassed in the work place." In fact, research for the new book what matters most is what you do next: dealing with adversity, found similar conclusions - that one in ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Manish Sabharwal Answers Readers' Questions
New York Times (blog)December 6, 2011

What is your perspective on the policies of big IT companies that force young employees into three-year contracts that garnish their wages so the employee loses huge amounts of money if they choose to leave the firm? Sounds like indentured servitude to ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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SULLUM: Romney's immigration dodge
Odessa AmericanDecember 5, 2011

During last week's Republican presidential debate, Gingrich suggested appointing local review boards to decide which illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay. “If you've been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Wounded vets congregate in Tacoma area Cost of care now rivals Vietnam ...
TheNewsTribune.comDecember 5, 2011

Some finish their military careers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; others seek medical care at the base's Warrior Transition Battalion before they leave the service. They stay for the resources at Puget Sound Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB Delays Rule for Workplace Notices on Forming Unions
BusinessWeekDecember 23, 2011

23 (Bloomberg) -- The National Labor Relations Board said it will postpone for three months requiring US employers to notify workers of their rights to form a union, allowing time to resolve legal challenges. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Measuring the homegrown terrorist threat to US military
CNNDecember 7, 2011

We examined the 118 cases of right-wing and left-wing terrorism since 9/11 and found that more than 40% of them involved plans to strike government facilities and personnel, including federal and local law enforcement officers. ...more »

UK Government Says Fewer Workers Struck Than Unions Estimate
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

1 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister David Cameron's government disputed UK labor-union estimates that 2 million public-sector workers went on strike over pension curbs yesterday, saying the number who walked out was much lower. About 900000 civil servants, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Redistricting Chair in Tough Position, Legal Expert Says
Arizona Public MediaDecember 2, 2011

Paul Bender, dean emeritus at Arizona State University's College of Law, says changes are needed to ensure redistricting independence. Colleen Mathis may be under even more fire than meets the eye as chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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STORM v. THRIFTY PAYLESS, INC.
Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

As to his fourth cause of action for defamation and coerced self-defamation, appellant argues that the trial court erred in determining that he did not meet the elements of these torts. Appellant further contends that his claims for intentional...more »

Government Employees
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Bill would ban "double dipping" for public employees
Dayton Daily NewsDecember 3, 2011

COLUMBUS — Government employees who retire from government jobs and are rehired would have to wait to collect retirement benefits under a bill introduced in the Ohio House this week. ...more »

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