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New law would revamp Illinois School Report Cards
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

Organizers held more than 60 focus groups statewide, said Robin Steans, executive director of the nonpartisan education policy group Advance Illinois and the co-chair of the committee that oversaw the redesign project. "If we do our job right," Steans ...more »

Tribune Judge Denies JPMorgan, Aurelius Reorganization Plans
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The lower-ranking creditors already have filed lawsuits related to the LBO, including cases against Zell and Tribune's shareholders. The bankruptcy case is In re Tribune Co., 08-bk-13141, US Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative-Action Critics See Texas Case as a Vehicle for a Supreme Court Victory
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)November 1, 2011

Leading critics of affirmative action say they are optimistic that the US Supreme Court will take up a lawsuit challenging the race-conscious admissions policies of the University of Texas at Austin and hand down a ruling that curtails ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Immigration advocates praise Pearce's defeat
USA TodayNovember 9, 2011

While the immigration law was one factor in the recall election, apparently so was Pearce's ties to special interests. He was prominent in a report about abuses at the Fiesta Bowl, and named as one of several politicians who received free tickets and ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Unrest Boils Over Ohio Collective Bargaining Law
NPRNovember 7, 2011

A previous introduction to this story incorrectly implied that a "Yes" vote would overturn the law. In fact, a "Yes" vote affirms the law.more »

Labor Disputes
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NBA Talks Hit Roadblock
Wall Street JournalNovember 6, 2011

With the deadline now set, Wednesday could be the most important day of the lockout and could decide the fate of the season: If negotiations go south, it's possible the union could decertify, a move that would take the labor dispute to the courts and ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Equal Rights Includes Equal Suicide Protection
National Right to Life NewsNovember 9, 2011

In italics below is an excellent op-ed piece by Eleanor Smith of the Georgia chapter of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet, challenging the proponents' case in Georgia and making the important larger argument that people with disabilities are ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Ex-Employee Sues Union Bank, Claims Harassment
KGTV San DiegoNovember 1, 2011

The email openly admitted "an offer of employment was extended and accepted" by someone else. Kim-Mannheimer said her replacement was much younger. Among other allegations, she filed a complaint for breach of contract, age discrimination, hostile work ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Cain's unfunny 'jokes' make it easy to imagine harassment
DesMoinesRegister.comNovember 3, 2011

But if he's the brilliant businessman he claims to be, he should have known that remarks of a personal nature can be damaging in the workplace. Even a dozen years ago, employers were training managers to avoid becoming targets for harassment lawsuits. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Non-solicitation clauses are worth the trouble
Montreal GazetteNovember 4, 2011

So while an ex-employee can escape the restriction of a non-competition clause by establishing his competing business outside the prohibited territory outlined in the employment contract, no such strategy can be used to sidestep a non-solicitation ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Lopez brothers of Durham sentenced for harboring undocumented immigrants
The Independent WeeklyNovember 8, 2011

The owners of J&A Framing Company in Durham tried to keep their costs down by hiring cheap labor: undocumented immigrants who earned less than minimum wage and who paid the brothers rent to live in squalid trailers on company property. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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2-year-old Minnesota boy loses cancer battle
KARENovember 3, 2011

We first told you about Tyler and the Burdick family Monday when KARE 11 found out that Tyler's father Dan had been fired from his job TO Plastics in Clearwater because he had used up more than the 12 weeks he was allowed by the Family Medical Leave...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Claremont police file legal documents in battle over retirement contributions
Inland Valley Daily BulletinNovember 13, 2011

An unfair labor practice charge was filed in late October with the state Public Employment Relations Board. The city has 30 days to respond to the filing. Attorneys for the association also filed a writ of mandate in Pomona Superior Court requesting ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Allen West says EPA wants to hire 230000 workers at a cost of $21 billion
PolitiFactNovember 7, 2011

And the "EPA has no authority to control hiring decisions in state agencies," said Robert Glicksman, an environmental law professor at George Washington University Law School, in an e-mail. We asked West's office for an explanation. ...more »

Labor unions reject coalition's mandate relief suggestions
Politics on the Hudson (blog)November 1, 2011

The state's labor unions are aggressively pushing back against a mandate-relief plan pushed today by a coalition of business and local government groups, particularly against proposals that would weaken benefits for state workers and repeal a portion ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Communities charging drivers responsible for crashes
Dayton Daily NewsNovember 6, 2011

A November 2010 letter from State Farm Insurance to the Springfield Fire Department says fire departments are required by law to provide public safety free-of-charge, and that accident fee billing is an “unlawful excise tax” that would amount to double ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Two staffers file wrongful termination suits against Wornick school
Jweekly.comNovember 17, 2011

Two former staffers of the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City have filed separate lawsuits against the school, alleging age discrimination and wrongful termination. Rina Shapira, 77, and Marit Shmargad, 61, ...more »

Government Employees
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Public Sector Unions Still Plan Strikes After Government Pensions Offer
BloombergNovember 2, 2011

Fourteen unions representing teachers, health workers and civil servants are planning strikes to protest plans to make government employees retire later and contribute more to their pensions. Ministers say the overhaul, part of Prime Minister David ...more »

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