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Ex-lawyer to serve 6 months for insider trading
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former lawyer who was one of the prime suppliers of corporate secrets to traders in an insider trading ring, was sentenced to six months imprisonment on Wednesday. Brien Santarlas once worked for the well-known ...more »

A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' in Pa.
NPRDecember 1, 2011

A new Pennsylvania law could curb municipalities' ability to zone and regulate hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking." And that raises questions about how much say a local government should have over what goes on within its borders. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Should race be considered in admissions processes?
The HornetDecember 7, 2011

President Obama is encouraging schools to find loopholes and go around the laws against affirmative action. Because it is illegal to consider race in college admissions, Obama urges schools to find other ways to do ...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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Pa. SC decision could affect Philly program
Legal News LineDecember 2, 2011

"The Collective Bargaining by Policemen and Firemen Act, commonly known as Act 111, by its express terms, requires negotiations over the modification or elimination of pension benefits, and we find no applicable exception to this statutory mandate," ...more »

Labor Disputes
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PRESS DIGEST - China - Dec 7
ReutersDecember 7, 2011

Grassroots authorities must improve their handling of labour disputes to ensure the country's 240 million migrant workers are paid in time for the Lunar New Year. All labor disputes involving more than 10 workers must be filed within a day and ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Able despite disabilities
Malaysia StarDecember 3, 2011

Also actively involved in Young Voices Sabah, a local group which advocates the rights of the disabled, Fariz interacts a lot with people who have physical disabilities. “I am always encouraging them to further their studies. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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LUSTER v. VILSACK
Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

Once a plaintiff meets this burden, the burden shifts to the defendant to articulate legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for its employment decision. Stover v. Martinez, 382 F.3d 1064, 1070-71 (10th Cir. 2004). If the defendant does so, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Complainants in sexual harassment investigations fear lack of protection (w ...
Red and BlackDecember 1, 2011

Roman, a University sociology professor, was aware female researchers presented the Equal Opportunity Office with complaints of his unprofessional work behavior and creation of a hostile workplace at the Institute ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Montana Court: Some Noncompete Clauses Unenforceable
ClaimsJournal.comDecember 2, 2011

Noncompete clauses in employee contracts may not be enforceable in Montana when firms fire or lay off workers, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Last week's ruling came in the case of certified public accountant Dawn Wrigg of Helena. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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San Francisco Minimum Wage Hike Sets National Record
Huffington PostDecember 1, 2011

This automatic increase is the result of a law passed by San Francisco voters in 2004 that tied the city's minimum wage to inflation, hence its inevitable, yearly upward creep. San Francisco joins eight other states (including Colorado, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Navy families adapt, stay strong when duty pulls them apart
HeraldNetDecember 11, 2011

Luke is their first child, and Leah, 24, is now learning to care for an infant on her own. After a maternity leave, she'll return to work part-time as a nurse at Evergreen Hospital. "He had one week's being a dad, and now he'll be gone six months," ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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High Court rules in favor of Cebu hospital workers
Sun.StarDecember 28, 2011

The dismissed workers also filed complaints for illegal dismissal and unfair labor practice, but the labor arbiter dismissed these for lack of basis. The sacked workers went to the Court of Appeals, which also dismissed the case since only 47 of 88 ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Penn State Board Ratifies Personnel Moves
Wall Street JournalDecember 2, 2011

A university spokeswoman said Friday she couldn't comment on the requirements of the state law. The board's executive committee said it was meeting "to formally reaffirm and ratify" personnel decisions made the week of Nov. 6, which included firing Mr. ...more »

Labor Unions Give Appreciation to Fauzi Bowo
BeritaJakarta.comDecember 2, 2011

Worker and labor unions in Jakarta gave high appreciation to Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo who has set the 2012 Jakarta Province Minimum Salary (UMP) in accordance with appropriate living standard (KHL) value based on the survey done by worker and labor ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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The Story That Could Burn Electric Cars
The AtlanticDecember 1, 2011

He has written for a number of publications, including The Washington Post and The National Law Journal. By Jordan Weissmann The government is investigating the Chevy Volt for being a fire risk. That's bad news for GM and fans of green cars. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former directors at Mason Co. hospital say they were fired for being gay
West Virginia RecordDecember 8, 2011

Pleasant Valley Hospital is named in a wrongful termination suit by Terri Greenwald-Hill and Amy Leach in Mason Circuit Court. In their complaint filed Nov. 28, Greenwald-Hill, 43, of Mineral Wells, and Leach, 43, of Point Pleasant, allege PVH violated ...more »

Government Employees
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2012 to bring more public holidays for govt employees
Times of IndiaDecember 5, 2011

Bengal falls just one short of Tamil Nadu's 25 days to share the top spot of states with the most public holidays. Bengal government employees will, thus, enjoy many more holidays than their counterparts in all other states sans Tamil Nadu and also ...more »

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