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Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders
msnbc.comDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich's contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal. Within hours, the complaint filed by the ...more »

Police Concentrate Resources to Evict Occupy LA Protesters, Area Rapists ...
Evening Transcript (satire)December 1, 2011

More than 200 demonstrators were arrested in the mostly peaceful eviction. As officers flooded the area just after midnight to dismantle the two-month old camp, Police Chief Charlie Beck praised the LAPD and the protesters for their restraint. ...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 »

Government Employees
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General strike 2011: Strike day sees widespread disruption
Mirror.co.ukDecember 1, 2011

A total of 8000 probation and family court staff joined the strike against the government's plans to make public sector workers “pay more, work longer and get less in retirement”. But expected delays at air and sea ports were avoided as volunteers ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Boeing Union Leaders Predict Pact Ratification
Wall Street JournalDecember 6, 2011

The proposed four-year contract extension for 31000 machinists offers commitments that Boeing will build new and existing jetliners in Washington's Puget Sound region. Those assurances—and the long-term job security they imply—likely will sway ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist on Congressional gridlock
89.3 KPCCDecember 22, 2011

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist talks with reporters after a immigration reform rally and news conference on Capitol Hill June 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. Nine days from now payroll taxes will go up and unemployment benefits will end ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Hecla disputes citations in death
Coeur d'Alene PressDecember 3, 2011

The United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report Friday on the April 15 death of Larry Marek, 53, a miner who died when ground collapsed when he was working. MSHA cited Hecla in areas that included a lack of ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Age Not a Factor in Employees Losing Jobs at Steel Company
Human Resources JournalDecember 7, 2011

The employees filed a lawsuit in a district court. As their ages ranged from late fifties to early sixties, their claim was that the company had discriminated against them and correspondingly violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Global development voices: Living with disabilities
The GuardianDecember 15, 2011

As a result, those of us with disabilities, who are already poorer than the average Sierra Leonian, can expect to have poorer facilities. It is only in 2011 that Sierra Leone enacted a Persons With Disability Act, which, if implemented, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Ingalls Shipbuilding seeks to buy out 500 workers
CanadianBusiness.comDecember 2, 2011

The company plans to close its shipyard in Avondale, La., in 2013, and is already reducing employment there. Union workers, including the welders, electricians, pipefitters and others who construct the ships, voted Thursday to extend their contract by ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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A Primer on Pennsylvania Sexual Harassment Laws
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 6, 2011

December 06, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The scandal surrounding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has brought the issue of workplace sexual harassment to the forefront once again. It is vitally important for employers across Pennsylvania ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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DFACS: Loving mom turned into killer within past year
WXIA-TVDecember 2, 2011

The autopsies were conducted by Medical Examiners Karen Sullivan, MD and Jennifer Gardetto, MD. Also on Tuesday, Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services confirmed that case workers had seen the girl, and had compiled a file on her. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB seeks fairer, freer union elections
The TennesseanDecember 3, 2011

During the last administration, a majority-Republican board admitted 89 percent of unfair labor practice complaints are issued against employers. In 64 percent of elections, employers interrogate employees about their vote. In 34 percent, employees are ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Proposed law would allow US military to indefinitely detain citizens on home soil
OpenglobeDecember 1, 2011

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would authorise $662 billion in funds for the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military personnel, and national security programs in the Energy Department. Additionally, Subtitle D would allow ...more »

Union man Andy Stern loves China (Chinese workers, not so much)
CBS NewsDecember 5, 2011

To the extent that economic "lifting" has happened in post-Mao times, it has been the menial labor of hundreds of millions of people -- working without labor unions, or a free press, or a neutral judiciary, or protections like OSHA rules -- that has ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Lambda Legal to 11th Circuit: uphold ruling for trans woman fired by Georgia ...
Windy City TimesDecember 1, 2011

In fact, employers in Georgia and across the country already have policies that prohibit discrimination against transgender employees. Though there are employers who don't understand it, the law is clear: It is unfair and illegal to fire a transgender ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Ousted LA Housing Authority chief leaves with $1.2 million
Los Angeles TimesDecember 4, 2011

He is scheduled to be paid $645000 more next month to settle his claims of wrongful termination and whistle-blower retaliation. Kamin said Montiel's replacement will not receive "the kind of provisions that somehow found their way into his contract. ...more »

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