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US Troop out of Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 1, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

Rafferty touts record in bid for attorney general
Daily Local NewsDecember 1, 2011

Rafferty said his background in private business, as a local government official, his work in the Philadelphia district attorney's office, three years as a deputy state attorney general and nine years in the legislature put him ahead of all the other ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Guidance on Race-Based Factors Gets Polarized Response
Education Week NewsDecember 9, 2011

Civil rights advocates and opponents of affirmative action are sharply divided on the wisdom—and legal soundness—of new Obama administration guidance to schools and colleges on how much flexibility they have in considering the race of ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Beltway Blog — Bennet to introduce immigration reform bill tomorrow
Denver Post (blog)December 12, 2011

Michael Bennet, a former DPS superintendent, will introduce immigration reform legislation tomorrow. WASHINGTON — Sen Michael Bennet will introduce an immigration reform bill tomorrow that would create a new green card category for foreign or ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Judge orders Nipomo landscaper to rehire employees, bargain with union
Cal Coast NewsDecember 5, 2011

The federal order will remain in place until NLRB Administrative Law Judge Gerald Etchingham, who recently heard the case, comes to a decision. The NLRB is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Unions want more power to negotiate agreements
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 1, 2011

In a push set to ring alarm bells in the business community, the ACTU will use the cross-factional support from the trade unions to secure changes to Labor's policy platform at the ALP national conference in Sydney today, including lifting restrictions ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Milton Hershey School sued by teen with HIV that was denied admission
PennLive.comDecember 1, 2011

The school's lawyers had planned to ask the court to declare that it had not violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The AIDS Law Project is asking a judge to do the opposite. Additionally, the group wants the court to require the admission of ...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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Ex-assistant files harassment claim
HeraldNetDecember 21, 2011

9, Cole charges she suffered a hostile workplace. Rocke suggested that Cooper was aware Cole suffered from something "akin to attention deficit syndrome" and Cooper was making accommodations for her. She felt colleagues and co-workers harassed her, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Judge must decide on priests' employment status
Church TimesDecember 2, 2011

To bring a claim for unfair dismissal you need to be an employee, defined in law as a person who works under a contract of employment. This should make it easy for the tribunal to decide the case: if Mr Sharpe presents a written employment contract, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Mitt Romney's Nuanced Evolution on Immigration
TIME (blog)December 2, 2011

Rick Perry supported, that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities. But he expressed ambivalence about it. “I hate the idea of in any way making it more difficult for kids, even those who are ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Shots - Health Blog : NPR
NPRDecember 1, 2011

But when she looked, she found him in the middle of a seizure. by Michelle Andrews US Navy doctors Lt. Cmdr Ralph Pickard (left) and Ens. Jesse Rohloff study a patient's mammogram images at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Sources: NFL, union reach ban deal
ESPNDecember 4, 2011

Also, sources said Sunday that the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed an unfair labor practice complaint by attorney David Cornwell, who represents several players in discipline appeals, that said the NFLPA acted improperly by reaching a side ...more »

Federal Personnel
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: US Department of Labor's OSHA sues Whole Foods Market for violating OSH ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 7, 2011

... violations of this law; reinstating the former employee with full benefits; paying back wages, punitive damages and compensatory damages to the employee; expunging the employee's personnel file with respect to the matters at issue in this case; ...more »

Union workers protest economic disparity in NYC
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

AP NEW YORK — Several thousand labor union members have marched down Broadway to protest the nation's growing economic disparity. Thursday's March for Jobs and Economic Fairness included labor leaders and rank and file members from over 300 New York ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Illegal aliens causing wildfires in Arizona: Gov't report
Examiner.comDecember 2, 2011

In other words, illegal aliens are considered a danger to those responding to a fire emergency. The agencies have taken some steps to mitigate the risks to firefighters by, for example, using law enforcement to provide security. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Leagle.comDecember 9, 2011

This is a wrongful discharge case. Lynn A. Morrison was terminated from her job as a medical sales representative by her employer, B. Braun Medical Inc. Morrison filed a complaint alleging that B. Braun had wrongfully discharged her in violation of ...more »

Government Employees
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Government Workers Strike in Britain
Voice of AmericaDecember 1, 2011

November 30, 2011 Government Workers Strike in Britain VOA News Hundreds of thousands of medical workers, teachers, border guards and other public sector employees went on strike Wednesday in Britain to protest government plans to reduce their pension ...more »


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