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Harassment case in Oxnard 'was about dignity,' attorney says
Ventura County StarDecember 1, 2011

The settlement, filed Monday, requires Cyma to assign an equal employment opportunity coordinator to ensure the staff is trained to prevent future harassment, discrimination and retaliation. EEOC lawyer Anna Park commended Cyma for making changes. ...more »

Law enforcement learns to 'like' Facebook
Anderson Independent MailDecember 1, 2011

In September the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Center for Social Media released the results of a survey involving 800 law enforcement agencies from 49 states. A total of 88.1 percent of these agencies reported that they were now using ...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 »

Government Employees
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Unions blast GOP plan to extend federal pay freeze
Washington Post (blog)December 1, 2011

Federal employee unions are blasting a Senate Republican plan that would take money from government workers to cover the cost of extending the payroll tax cut. Legislation proposed by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) ...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 »

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 »

Labor Disputes
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CAPITOL BRIEFINGS: Wrangling continues over changes to workers' comp
Crain's Detroit BusinessDecember 5, 2011

... business and labor, and Democrats and Republicans, have squared off over a wide-ranging workers' compensation bill in the Legislature. And as the business-backed bill heads toward action in the session's final weeks, disputes remain. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Brunswick sued over discrimination complaint
Chicago Sun-TimesDecember 2, 2011

LAKE FOREST — The US Department of Labor is suing Brunswick Corp. and its Lund Boat Co. for allegedly discriminating against women at a Minnesota manufacturing plant, The Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs filed the ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Pupils with disabilities 'ignored'
Mail & Guardian OnlineDecember 2, 2011

Two weeks ago an alliance of non-governmental organisations in the children and disability sectors hosted a seminar on the "Right to Education for Children with Disabilities in South Africa". At about the same time the National Planning Commission ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Oracle Accuses HP of "Campaign of Secrecy and Deception" Over Itanium
All Things DigitalDecember 3, 2011

20, 2010, Mark Hurd, Oracle and HP entered into a written settlement agreement. Pursuant to that agreement, HP dismissed its lawsuit against Hurd, and did not further challenge Hurd's employment at Oracle. In exchange, Oracle contractually committed ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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A Primer on Pennsylvania Sexual Harassment Laws
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 6, 2011

December 06, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The scandal surrounding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has brought the issue of workplace sexual harassment to the forefront once again. It is vitally important for employers across Pennsylvania ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Medical practice opening 2nd site
South Bend TribuneDecember 2, 2011

PLYMOUTH -- In February, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Plymouth Family & Internal Medicine plans to open a second site in downtown Plymouth. "The thing that led to the decision to expand was our organization's ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Should Undocumented or Illegal Immigrants Be Eligible for New Jersey Driver's ...
Patch.comDecember 2, 2011

Several states allow undocumented workers to obtain driver's licenses. New Jersey is not one of them. Is this fair? Does it create dangerous conditions on New Jersey roads? How should the state handle the problem? Should Undocumented or Illegal ...more »

Federal Personnel
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German officer shares insights with R1 cops
Sun.StarDecember 6, 2011

... delivered a lecture-presentation on “Policing Tactics During Demonstration/Rallies in Observance of the Rule of Law and Human Rights.” Eighty-five personnel from RPSB1 and six from the PRO1 headquarters attended the lecture-presentation held at the ...more »

Unions campaign for same-sex marriage
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 1, 2011

Unions have banded together to campaign for a change to Labor's policy on same-sex marriage ahead of the ALP National Conference on Friday. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has proposed a conscience vote on the issue but the unions say marriage equality is ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Tsang orders inquiry into cause of deadly fire
China DailyDecember 1, 2011

The second fire in less than a year on Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok has reopened the question of fire safety in the city's tenements, and fire safety regulations applying to hawker stalls. Zhao Minghong, whose family fled after the outbreak, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Edison trustees expect tough legal fight against Walker's high-powered lawyers
Naples Daily NewsDecember 4, 2011

If Walker were to win a wrongful termination lawsuit, the college could pay a high price. Florida State University law professor Franita Tolson said damages, attorney's fees and, potentially, a forced reinstatement could be awarded to Walker — who has ...more »

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