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Mortgages paid down by record £9bn in quarter
The IndependentDecember 1, 2011

It was the highest negative figure since comparable records began in 1970 and means the total amount owed on mortgages has fallen by £92.9bn since the height of the credit crunch. Homeowners spent the equivalent of 3.5 per cent of their take-home pay ...more »

EPA proposes stricter rules for ship ballast water
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

The EPA's draft permit lays out rules similar to those recommended by the International Maritime Organization in 2004, which shipping industry groups have said are achievable. But environmental groups and some states contend those standards are ...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 »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Arrests of illegal migrants on US-Mexico border plummet
Washington PostDecember 4, 2011

Such a steep drop in illegal crossings gives supporters of immigration reform ammunition to argue that now is a good time to tackle the issue. GOP presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have been sparring over the estimated 11 million ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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A law barring domestic partner benefits for public employees in Michigan is on ...
Detroit Free PressDecember 8, 2011

Election law changes proposed by Michigan's secretary of state would create barriers to voting by... Michigan has much to be thankful for as this year comes to a close: better managed state and local... By Dawson Bell A law barring domestic partner ...more »

Labor Disputes
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CMU faculty to vote on tentative deal in January
Boston.comDecember 2, 2011

Central Michigan University and the union for faculty reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract after a 14-hour negotiating session, marking a possible end to a labor dispute that has dragged on for months. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Kantor & Kantor Provides Guidelines on New Consumer Protection Law for ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

"Insurers want people to believe the change in the law will cause more lawsuits," said Kantor. "Comparable laws have been passed in more than 20 other states, with no noticeable increase in litigation. In reality, the change will result in less costly ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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James White, Detroit Man, Alleges He Faced HIV-Related Job Discrimination At ...
Huffington PostDecember 8, 2011

And while the company denied any wrong doing, the Detroit office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) agreed with James White and his attorneys that there was reasonable cause to believe the dental company with clinics in Michigan, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on ...
PR Web (press release)December 9, 2011

Regardless, all women deserve to work in New York without being sexually harassed because of their gender,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York's civil rights violation law firms. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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341000 flood-hit workers re-employed
Bangkok PostDecember 2, 2011

However, 39 auto-parts factories in flood-hit industrial estates had shutdown and terminated employment contracts with 10957 workers - 30 factories in Ayutthaya province with 8789 workers, six in Pathum Thani with 1678 workers, two in Chachoengsao with ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Pomona College Protest: Terminated Undocumented Workers Chant 'We're Here And ...
Huffington PostDecember 2, 2011

Pomona College dining hall workers and their supporters conducted a sit-in Friday to protest the school's termination of workers who cannot verify their legal citizenship. Sixteen dining hall employees were terminated, effective Friday, and instead of ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

Peter Shanks appeals the district court's dismissal of his complaint alleging hybrid § 301/fair representation claims under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) against John E. Potter, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB Decisions Demand In-House Counsel Vigilance
Texas LawyerDecember 8, 2011

They must know and understand the company's position regarding unionization and how to respond legally to questions about it without inadvertently committing unfair labor practices. Supervisors should also learn how to recognize and respond to early ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Sheriff's Department achieves goal
DeSoto Times TodayDecember 1, 2011

By ROBERT LEE LONG The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department has been awarded state and national certification for the first time in the department's history, placing the department in the elite company of law enforcement agencies from across the state ...more »

Occupy DC wary of being hijacked by unions, Democratic activists
Washington ExaminerDecember 2, 2011

Occupy DC protesters are becoming increasingly distrustful of labor unions and advocacy groups like, who, they say, are trying to co-opt their movement to push political agendas of their own. Labor unions, in particular, have been supportive ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Mo. man pleads guilty to setting truck stop fires
Chicago TribuneDecember 2, 2011

Price's employer, Tennant Truck Lines of Orion, Ill., used a GPS to help law enforcement track Price. He was arrested after a fire on June 23, 2010 in Valley Grove, W. Va. Under a plea agreement, Price will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Transgender server suing Midway in employment case
Windy City TimesDecember 7, 2011

A transgender server is suing Midway Airport's food service company for wrongful termination and employment discrimination. Hamed Khan, a former server at Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch, alleges that supervisors ...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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