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Sales-Tax Measures 'to Cost Us Big'
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

But Ms. Strawn, and others like her who operate with just a dozen or so employees, would have to begin collecting and remitting taxes for the more than 40 states that currently charge sales and use taxes, along with thousands of cities and counties ...more »

Professionals - News in brief
Manchester Evening NewsDecember 1, 2011

*Hill Dickinson has appointed Tricia Cottrell as head of family in its commercial litigation arm. She has more than 25 years' experience in the field and previously worked at Halliwells and JMW in Manchester. She will work across Hill Dickinson's ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action: 'Same, same, but different'
Daily O'CollegianDecember 2, 2011

The Clinton policy of Affirmative Action aggressively encouraged companies to hire minorities and women. Nothing really sounds wrong with the purpose of such a benevolent-sounding program. But look deeper. Such a program encourages raw racism: the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Monday vigil remembers 2006 Swift raids; organizers see few immigration...
Deseret NewsDecember 13, 2011

"Nothing has happened at the federal level on immigration reform," said organizer Jenn Sanchez, who was a reporter covering the raid in 2006. "It had such an impact on my life that I left journalism," she said, and pursued interests where she could be ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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PepsiCo's Offer Fails To Satisfy Angry Chinese Workers
ForbesDecember 6, 2011

But a representative of a Shenzhen law firm that is active in helping workers organise collective bargaining sessions with their employers suggested that “the plan is intended to buy off PepsiCo's Chinese management because only management will benefit ...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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Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

The Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") concluded that Tweedy was not "disabled" within the meaning of the Act because she could still perform her past relevant work as a teacher's aide. Since the facts are familiar to the parties, we do not recite them ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Hertz to fight Muslim workers' suit over prayer breaks
ReutersDecember 9, 2011

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Hertz rental car company, facing a religious discrimination suit by 25 fired Muslim drivers, said on Thursday it would "vigorously defend" itself in a dispute involving prayer breaks at its Seattle airport office. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Nine Year Old Suspended for Sexual Harassment
JDJournal.comDecember 7, 2011

Sexual harassment has been a problem in the workplace and in schools across the country for decades now, and it does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. It seems as if sexual harassment cases popup in the news at least a couple of times per week, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Lund, Brunswick face sex discrimination charges
Boating IndustryDecember 2, 2011

Lund Boat Co. and Brunswick Corp.,” claims that the boat manufacturer did not give all applications equal consideration for employment as required by law. If found guilty of the charges laid out in the complaint, Brunswick and Lund would be required to ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work in California under ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 3, 2011

Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Business calendar
Winston-Salem JournalDecember 4, 2011

She will discuss the Family Medical Leave Act. For information, call Carol Pennington at (336) 785-1948, (336) 785-5243 or email Several chapters of American Business Networks have regular meetings in the area. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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How employers can prepare for labor relations changes
Smart Business NetworkDecember 1, 2011

... such as employees talking among themselves about their terms and conditions of employment in ways that may be protected under the National Labor Relations Act. This certainly can provide more exposure to possible unfair labor practice charges for ...more »

Federal Personnel
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House and Senate Proposals Differ in How to Keep Postal Service Viable Legal News CenterDecember 1, 2011

The Senate's proposal would reduce the workforce by getting a repayment from the Office of Personnel Management because of a $7 billion overpayment. This reduction would save the USPS about $8 billion a year. [1] House Republicans call the overpayment ...more »

Australian Labor Party siding with Qantas unions
ATWOnlineDecember 5, 2011

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) has backed Qantas (QF) union demands to strengthen the Qantas Sales Act, which seeks to ensure the airline remains Australian-owned and -controlled. QF unions—the Australian ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Advisory Committee Positions on Warrant Articles for Special Town Meeting
Patch.comDecember 4, 2011

There are a number of components to this article, the sum of which will a) allow the use, b) rezone parcels within the landfill to be consistent with these new zoning regulations, and c) establish a by-law whereby the town, via the planning board, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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'The Good Wife': Michael J. Fox makes a triumphant return (blog)December 5, 2011

They are arbitrating a wrongful termination suit brought by a religious, politically conservative woman who taught English at what is implied to be a very liberal college. It doesn't go Lockhart/Gardner's way, but the pivotal piece of evidence was ...more »

Government Employees
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The Impact of Grazing? Don't Ask
New York Times (blog)December 1, 2011

The actions by mid-level Interior employees “seriously compromise” the scientific integrity of efforts to figure out how and why western ecosystems are changing, said the complaint, filed by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, ...more »


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