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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

Police: Ex-YMCA worker bragged about sexual exploits with children
KHOUDecember 1, 2011

"The conversations were of mostly boys, and possibly one female," JT Roscoe with the HPD Juvenile Sex Crimes Division said. Hilton worked at the front desk of the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA in Houston for five years. Because of his employment ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Obama Effort Hides but Can't Run From Affirmative Action: View
BusinessWeekDecember 6, 2011

They highlight the conflict that critics on both sides of the affirmative action argument maintain has undermined the court's reasoning from the beginning: There is no way to square this circle. If a factor may never be determinative, then it's not a ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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"Dreamers" not giving up on immigration reform
WOAIDecember 1, 2011

Canizales said she's one of millions hoping for immigration reform. The college student went on to say she no longer lives in fear of being deported. Canizales moved to San Antonio from Mexico when she was nine. The college senior helped form the ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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The Nuclear Winter is Over: The New CBA, and How the Lawyers Saved the Day ...
Grantland (blog)December 2, 2011

This is just a fact of life in collective bargaining for NFL, NBA, and NHL players over the past decade and a half. (Major League Baseball has had its own unique collective bargaining history.) As Adrian told Rocky, if you're a union, “you can't win. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Gillard Promotes Shorten to Workplace Relations Minister
BusinessWeekDecember 12, 2011

12 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Julia Gillard promoted Bill Shorten to workplace relations minister, tasking the former union official with helping manage industrial disputes amid criticism by business of government labor laws. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Conflicted disability celebrations
Hamilton SpectatorDecember 2, 2011

It is puzzling for disability and human rights advocates alike as to why this is happening. Maybe it is the fact that Canadian financial institutions continue to fund companies that produce cluster bombs. Ratification of the treaty would surely make ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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US agency accuses Cargill of discrimination, seeks to halt $60M in contracts
Business InsuranceDecember 2, 2011

In a lengthy response, the Cargill Meat Solutions spokesman said in its statement, “We find the labor department's allegations of discrimination to be disappointing given that Cargill's employee population at Springdale, Ark., is diverse and is 84% ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Employment Law Advisory for December 7, 2011: Continued Stream of Retaliation ...
JD Supra (press release)December 8, 2011

If you have any questions about discrimination or harassment claims or investigations, or any other issue relating to employment law, please contact one of our attorneys: Daniel F. Pyne III Richard M. Noack Ernest M. Malaspina Karen Reinhold Erik P. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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AMR bankruptcy progress monitored as predictions are offered
Tulsa WorldDecember 4, 2011

By from staff reports After years of fighting off bankruptcy, the debt-laden parent company of American Airlines succumbed last week. The news of AMR Corp.'s Chapter 11 filing left thousands of employees in Tulsa wondering about uncertain job futures. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Newt's children
The Economist (blog)December 1, 2011

Only the American voter or legal resident has a say in this urgent matter, which will decrease large numbers of jobs STOLEN by the 8.2 illegal workers as estimated to self-deport. The number to call for the Washington political phones is 202-224-3121. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Michelle Duggar Suffers a Miscarriage
Us MagazineDecember 8, 2011

Hmm...they are not on welfare, you are not footing the bill for their family...they have NO debt. They work for what they have, they take care of what they have, their father is providing for them. He didn't make babies and leave his family. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Vale Inco Convicted of Unfair Labor Practice In Landmark Decision of Ontario ...
PR Newswire (press release)December 23, 2011

In this case the new Chair of the OLRB has moved the section to a higher plane and has applied the law in a plain and purposive manner to limit the imperial authority of a powerful employer's practice of unilateralism. The decision reflects a Board ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Andy Bockelman: 'J. Edgar' breaks no laws, but offers little historical insight
Craig Daily PressDecember 1, 2011

As he takes up the new mantle, Hoover makes some sweeping changes in the agency, imposing higher standards on personnel and challenging the limits of his authority in the relatively new government office. Becoming a public icon for his efforts to fight ...more »

Pension busting at American Airlines
Facing SouthDecember 5, 2011

One of the most popular ploys is to use the bankruptcy court to undermine the bargaining position of labor unions. The latest firm to do so is American Airlines, which said it took the step to "achieve industry competitiveness." This is corporate-speak ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Decoding history: A World War II Navajo Code Talker in his own words
WDIV DetroitDecember 4, 2011

And after each transmission, to avoid Japanese fire, we had to move." Now 90 years old, Nez is the only one of the original 29 Code Talkers still living, and his recently published autobiography, "Code Talker," written with Judith Schiess Avila, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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PVH sued for alleged discrimination
Point Pleasant RegisterDecember 15, 2011

Terri Greenwald-Hill, 43, Mineral Wells, and Amy Leach, 43, Point Pleasant, former human resources and marketing directors, respectively, for PVH, recently filed the wrongful termination suit in Mason County Circuit Court. ...more »

Government Employees
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Employees Law Firm Expands Services - Fighting Vigorously to Protect Employees ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 1, 2011

... yet affordable, employment law legal services in the areas such as whistleblower actions, security clearance revocations, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, non-competitive promotions, disability retirement, workers' compensation, ...more »

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