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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 »

CNPA attorney: City Council violated open meeting law
Patterson IrrigatorDecember 1, 2011

Councilwoman Annette Smith said a final decision had not been made regarding the hiring of Hallinan, because the council was in contract negotiations. The matter was part of talks and did not have to be revealed, she said. “It's an employment issue,” ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New federal policy supports considering race in admissions practices
AnnArbor.comDecember 2, 2011

UM President Mary Sue Coleman has been a supporter of affirmative action policies throughout her tenure at the Ann Arbor school. The announcement comes after the two departments issued a "guidance" today revising Bush-era federal policy that frowne ...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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When Facebook Gets You Fired
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

The cases turn on whether online postings mirror activity that is protected under the Wagner Act, as the 1935 law is also known. Passed in part to protect collective-bargaining rights, the law grants employees a right to engage in "protected concerted ...more »

Labor Disputes
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J. Lynn Helms, Reagan FAA chief, dies at 86
Washington PostDecember 14, 2011

As president of Piper Aircraft in the 1970s, he had helped revive the company's finances through cost-cutting and other measures after years of labor disputes. In part because of that performance, then-Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis pulled Mr. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Government extend plans to provide trans and disabled equality
Pink PaperDecember 8, 2011

This will double the current starting point for disability and transgender hate crime murders. The Act will also be updated so that where any offence is shown to be motivated by hostility towards the victim on the grounds of transgender, ...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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Lawyer Bridgette Styles says sexual harassment is rife in Aussie workplaces
NEWS.com.auDecember 2, 2011

Fighting back after her victory ... lawyer Bridgette Styles / Pic: Nic Gibson Source: The Daily Telegraph THE young lawyer who took on top-tier law firm Clayton Utz, claiming its culture was sexist, says she believes sexual harassment "seems to be ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Jobless used as business opportunity
VoxyDecember 5, 2011

*Employment services will be based on 'contestable, outcome based contracts', with contractors incentivised to 'achieve positive outcomes for those with greatest risk of long-term dependency.' � *If parents on welfare fail to meet certain parenting ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Immigration And the Party Of Reagan
Wall Street JournalDecember 2, 2011

Newt Gingrich's comments in support of a temporary worker program and the legalization of undocumented immigrants who establish deep roots in the country have angered restrictionists on the right. As they did earlier this year when ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Adopt-A-Family: Parents with health problems hope for extra holiday cheer
Appleton Post CrescentDecember 2, 2011

Bart was injured in a car crash, leaving him permanently disabled. Marianne is recovering from knee surgery. They have two children with mild disabilities and are struggling to meet their family's needs with all the extra medical bills. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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County finds funds to cover Kane deputies raises
Chicago Sun-TimesDecember 7, 2011

It will help both sides avoid an unfair labor practice lawsuit from the deputies union, after an arbitrator ruled the deputies should receive a pay stipend for 2011 and pay raises for 2012 and 2013. The 113 employees affected will begin to see changes ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Lawmakers can now hit panic button
MiamiHerald.comDecember 7, 2011

Security personnel watch over every committee meeting. But two months after a new law made it easier to bring concealed guns into the Capitol, the Senate security force has installed special alert buttons on the phone of every senator and staffer. ...more »

Union warning: Labor faces mutiny over MP pay rises
Courier MailDecember 1, 2011

LABOR MPs are facing anger from within their party's ranks over their decision to take a generous 20 per cent pay rise. Unions leaders yesterday were outraged by the move, which will see Prime Minister Julia Gillard's pay soar about $90000 to $470000. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Yakima Fire asks, what's more important, saving money, or saving lives?
KIMA CBS 29December 6, 2011

“I make what I make, and when I'm taxed for the fire department or law enforcement, I want to see my money go to good use." In order to investigate that use, we got all the fire calls for 2011. We learned there have been nearly 350 total fires, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Handling Employee Termination: The Importance of Good Documentation – Part 1
HR.BLR.comDecember 12, 2011

Treating similarly-situated individuals similarly is key to preventing and defending discrimination claims, and labor arbitrations. Documentation of incidents can help HR compare discipline before it is finalized to limit the potential of litigation. ...more »

Government Employees
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Wisconsin Got It Right
Naples Daily News (blog)December 3, 2011

We all remember the demonstrations in Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker's efforts to reduce public employee compensation. Left-leaning unions argued that state and local employees were underpaid, even after benefits were ...more »

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