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Report: US Agency Erred On United Pension Values
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

Law enforcement learns to 'like' Facebook
Anderson Independent MailDecember 1, 2011

In September the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media released the results of a survey involving 800 law enforcement agencies from 49 states. A total of 88.1 percent of these agencies reported that they were now using ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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A growing intolerance toward Christians
SunHerald.comDecember 2, 2011

“Affirmative action” requires preferential treatment based on race. “Liberty” means the license to do my own thing regardless of the people around me. Now we can add “religious intolerance” to this list of politically correct terms. ...more »

Government Employees
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The Republican Attack on Federal Workers
New York Times (blog)December 1, 2011

Despite their obvious utility, government workers are politically disposable to Republicans because they tend to vote Democratic, include high proportions of minorities, and are often unionized. At the state level, breaking their political power was ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Unions bring lawsuit over collective bargaining
UW Badger HeraldDecember 1, 2011

Two Wisconsin unions filed a motion with a Madison judge Tuesday challenging the governor's collective bargaining law and deeming it unconstitutional. According to the Dane County Clerk of Courts office, Madison Teachers Inc. and ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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New Poll: Iowa Republican Likely Caucus-Goers Support Immigration Reform
Tucson CitizenDecember 12, 2011

The Partnership for a New American Economy announces a new poll showing that the Iowa Republican likely caucus-goers, more than 80% of whom self-identify as conservative or very conservative, support legal immigration reform and rank illegal ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Unpaid leave should not exceed three months: CLA
eTaiwan NewsDecember 1, 2011

The suggestion was included in a notice released by the CLA to provide companies with guidelines for responding to the economic downturn and avoid labor disputes. The CLA advised that the first step in austerity measures should be to cut bonus payments ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Student scores can now be tied to teacher dismissal
Journal TimesDecember 8, 2011

The bill allows students' standardized test scores to be used as one of multiple reasons for the nonrenewal of a teacher's contract or for a teacher's discipline, suspension or firing. Test scores alone could not be used to discipline a teacher. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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ACLU represents Occupy protester with disability
News & ObserverDecember 2, 2011

Schucker is represented by ACLU cooperating attorney Scott Holmes of the Durham law firm of Brock, Payne & Meece, and by Katy Parker, legal director of ACLU. "I wanted to exercise my free speech rights on the same terms as my fellow demonstrators," ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Women's rights at risk
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Nothing in the federal health care law requires women to use contraception — only that this basic medical service be accessible through health care plans. And religious groups have every right to encourage members to abstain from using contraception ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Independent counsel to review allegation against Lake Forest policeman
Lake ForesterDecember 6, 2011

Leigh Jeter, an attorney with Clark Baird Smith who specializes in harassment and workplace misconduct and who served as the former special assistant to the provost and director of the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office at Northwestern University, ...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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Five Myths About California DREAMers
Huffington Post (blog)December 1, 2011

Households headed by undocumented immigrants in California paid $2.7 billion in state and local taxes in 2010. 4. Donnelly is wrong when he says that withholding financial aid will force these students to return to their home countries. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Teach and get many perks?
Times Record NewsDecember 1, 2011

Several benefits Osborn listed are not gifts of a generous district but are mandated by federal law — such as the family and medical leave benefit, which provides 12 work weeks per year of job protection and unpaid leave for an employee who needs it ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Pending PERC ruling prompts DPW layoff notices in Jackson
Tri-Town NewsDecember 2, 2011

Officials say the notices are the result of a pending unfair labor practice ruling from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in regard to the furlough dates that started in June 2012 and ended July 8, 2011. “Last year, there were budgetary ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Over 500 killed in Naxal violence this year
Zee NewsDecember 6, 2011

It said that Naxals carried out 1476 attacks targeting various government and private installations, killing 389 civilians and 124 security force personnel. Law enforcement agencies have arrested 1728 naxalites, recovered 546 arms and 344 Maoists ...more »

Tunisia: New Trade Union CGTT Established
AllAfrica.comDecember 6, 2011

The Tunisian General Labor Confederation (CGTT) has recently held its constituent congress in Nabeul with its General Secretary: Habib Guiza. The new trade union, which claims to have 30000 members, intends to work toward "modern trade unionism". ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Tsang orders inquiry into cause of deadly fire
China DailyDecember 1, 2011

The second fire in less than a year on Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok has reopened the question of fire safety in the city's tenements, and fire safety regulations applying to hawker stalls. Zhao Minghong, whose family fled after the outbreak, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Federal jury awards Gillette man $1.2 m in damages after finding he was ...
The RepublicDecember 8, 2011

A federal jury has awarded a Gillette man $1.2 million in damages in his wrongful termination lawsuit against a heavy equipment dealer. The jury last week found that Casper-based Wyoming Machinery Co. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act in ...more »

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