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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. β€œIt's an employment issue,” ...more »

Greene County, MO Couple Pays $1000 Tax Bill in $1 Bills
KSPRDecember 1, 2011

A Greene County, MO couple says all they wanted to do was pay their property tax bill, but instead they were told to leave the Greene County Collector's Office. The couple says they brought in their payment in cash, an acceptable form according to ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Should Public Schools Consider Pupils' Race?
The Root (blog)December 3, 2011

Bollinger, the court ruled that the specific design of the University of Michigan's affirmative action program was unconstitutional), none of them outlawed it altogether. What's different with the new guidance, then, is the official White House ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Immigration becomes hot topic in presidential race
USA TodayDecember 8, 2011

WASHINGTON – Immigration reform may be going nowhere in Congress, but that hasn't stopped the volatile issue from heating up the Republican presidential primary in surprising ways. By Alice Keeney, AP Texas Gov. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Opposition to state takeover law grows as more cities fall into financial distress
The Flint Journal - MLive.comDecember 5, 2011

The emergency manager law has been around more than 20 years but was changed this year to grant emergency managers more power over local government, including the ability to dissolve a city charter and, as a last resort, change collective bargaining...more »

Labor Disputes
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SME rescue efforts boost employment
China DailyDecember 9, 2011

SMEs' difficulties threaten the stability of labor relations in the struggling companies, experts said. Labor disputes can easily arise when enterprises are fighting to stay open - they might reduce wages or even their work force, said Wang Liming, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Law firms ready for accessibility standards
Law TimesDecember 5, 2011

Firms must also update their communications by, for example, using plain language in documents to be more responsive to people with learning disabilities or offering audio formats of printed materials, according to guidelines on the act issued by the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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When it's safe to fire an employee
The HourDecember 4, 2011

In light of your poor performing employee not improving even with progressive discipline, you are very likely to be able to defend the company against a claim of age discrimination. One further step that could be taken is to give the employee a "last ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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The Psychology (and Law) of Harassment Investigations
Nature.comDecember 4, 2011

However, understanding your legal responsibilities is only half the battle; most of the mistakes in complaint investigations involve the way the parties are treated, what they think is fair, and how the process is communicated and/or implemented. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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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 »

Undocumented Workers
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Undocumented workers boost economy
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldDecember 11, 2011

Fulfilling that role requires the efforts of undocumented workers. State farm groups acknowledge that of the 92000 workers who are needed for seasonal harvests, nearly 72 percent are "document-challenged." Losing that much of a work force would be ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Formerly conjoined twins to leave hospital, continue recovery
CBS NewsDecember 2, 2011

After being in Richmond for several months now, Sanatis says she and her daughters are more than ready to leave the confines of the hospital and are anxious to return to their family in their native country. "We're missing our family, and the girls ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Boeing Employees Hit Machinist Union with Charge for Discriminating against ...
National Right to Work Foundation (blog)December 28, 2011

Meanwhile, Foundation attorneys have sent a letter to the NLRB's Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) asking him to investigate the conduct of the ALJ overseeing the NLRB's case against Boeing in allowing the backroom deal cut between company and union ...more »

Federal Personnel
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A $22 Million Police Department And A Political Rift
Patch.comDecember 4, 2011

The Guidepost study said much of money generated by the county police, through such things as enforcement of truck safety laws, would still flow into the county coffers if county police were eliminated and sheriff's officers were trained in that work. ...more »

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 »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Bangladeshi police fire teargas at protesters
AFPDecember 4, 2011

The government recently ratified a new law splitting Dhaka into two administrative zones, which it said would improve services and utilities for the city's 15 million people. The opposition criticised the move, saying it was politically motivated as ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Metro Airport ex-CEO files wrongful termination lawsuit, wants old job back
MLive.comDecember 8, 2011

By Jeff T. Wattrick | MLive.com Former Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Turkia Mullin filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court today. She's asking a judge to allow her to return to her job. Dec. 8, Detroit Free Press: Mullin ...more »

Government Employees
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FEDERAL WORKFORCE: GOP floats tax cut plan to reduce gov't staff, continue pay ...
Environment & Energy PublishingDecember 1, 2011

The American Federation of Government Employees sent letters to senators calling for the 10 percent reduction -- which would occur through attrition -- an arbitrary downsizing that could lead to "wasteful privatization. ...more »

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