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Miami cop innocent of reckless driving on turnpike, lawyer says
MiamiHerald.comNovember 1, 2011

Officer Fausto López's lawyer, William Matthewman, said in a statement that López client is innocent of the charge of driving recklessly, a second-degree misdemeanor, on the morning of Oct. 11, when Florida Highway Patrol Trooper DJ Watts stopped him ...more »

Unsecured creditors likely to lose nearly half money owed by Browns ...
Manchester Evening NewsNovember 1, 2011

The firms face an anxious wait as administrators for Browns Construction Group battle for payments from long-running contract disputes against the company, which helped force it into administration in August. But administrators from Begbies Traynor ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action employer: iLIVE
Times LIVENovember 1, 2011

The DA has become an affirmative action employer. Years ago, Zille told us she would not accept university admission on merit if that meant UCT medical school would be populated mostly by whites and Indians. One wonders what differences remain between ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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GOP Group Supports Residency Path For Immigrants in Calif.
Fox NewsNovember 12, 2011

One of California's longtime Republican institutions broke rank with GOP hardliners earlier this week when it announced an immigration reform proposal that carves out an easier path to legal residency for immigrants. With the Latino vote at an all time ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Collective Bargaining Law Comes Before Ohio Voters
ThirdAgeNovember 8, 2011

Read Moreiding the winner of this year's drawn-out fight over a law limiting collective bargaining for 350000 unionized public workers. The issue tops the Election Day list of ballot questions before the state's voters. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Ohioans ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Street cleaning outsourcing sent back to Rockford panel
Rockford Register StarNovember 1, 2011

Corina Curry covers the city of Rockford, everything from local politics and labor disputes to how your tax dollars are being spent and what your city government is doing to best serve you. 50% Off 2 Large One-Topping Pizza's from Slice of Italy! ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Social-service organizations need support to help disabled in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 3, 2011

These cuts threaten the continued viability of the social-service system for persons with developmental disabilities across this state. The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with Pennsylvania Health Law Project, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Fifth Circuit Affirms Judgment for Employer in Disability Case
Justice News FlashNovember 4, 2011

The employee retired, sued, and then appealed the trial court's summary judgment for the employer. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination against a qualified individual on the basis of his disability. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Fewer report being sexually harassed
USA TodayNovember 10, 2011

But several employment law experts say that the numbers don't necessarily mean sexual harassment is less of a problem. Government statistics don't reflect the employee who "never reported it to the EEOC or settled entirely outside the EEOC system," ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Gamblers Train to Vegas May Get $5 Billion From U.S. Amid Rail Fund Crunch
BloombergNovember 23, 2011

Employment contracts and “golden parachutes” aren't typically offered to senior executives, according to Jefferies. “We believe our severance, change-in-control and pension benefits are quite modest compared to general business practices for companies ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Brewer book tells different story of Arizona governor's meeting with Obama
East Valley TribuneNovember 1, 2011

That 1986 law included a promise of tighter border security and enhanced penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. But it also said that any immigrant who could show he or she was in the country prior to 1982 could apply for ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Medical marijuana collective proposed in Oceano clears first hurdle
San Luis Obispo TribuneNovember 3, 2011

Murray wants to open a 470-square-foot collective in a 931-square-foot single-family home on a property surrounded by homes and mini-storage facilities. A caretaker would live on the property, and the business would be limited to 35 vehicles a day. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Is the Federal Government Helping to Bust Unions?
In These TimesNovember 21, 2011

DOE service contract provisions similar to the federal Service Contract Act allow for the DOE to reimburse workers' compensation. Department regulations give contract officers unilateral power to increase payment to contractors if any costs, ...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 »

Business to fight union Fair Work 'wishlist'
The AustralianNovember 1, 2011

BUSINESS has vowed to fight any union bid to strengthen their industrial powers in the wake of the Qantas decision. The union movement yesterday escalated calls for changes to Labor's Fair Work Act, with ACTU boss Jeff Lawrence saying it includes too ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Pontiac emergency manager fires department heads
The Detroit NewsNovember 1, 2011

Legal work will be contracted to a Troy law firm. City clerk chores will be transferred to the city's human resources department and also to the Oakland County Clerk's Office, which will also help in elections. United Water, which was recently ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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City of Spokane to pay for punitive damages in Mehring wrongful termination
Northwest Cable NewsNovember 15, 2011

by SPOKANE—A jury ruled against Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in a wrongful termination lawsuit, and the city will be paying the $250000 dollar bill in punitive damages against Kirkpatrick. The Spokane City Council decided to ...more »

Government Employees
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NJ has invested $3.6M to bolster skills of over 8K workers
newjerseynewsroom.comNovember 1, 2011

The state government has invested nearly $3.6 million to train employees in New Jersey industries, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday. The money, provided through the state Department of Labor's Workforce Development Partnership Program, ...more »


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