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Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Racism and affirmative action
Student LifeOctober 6, 2011

The bake sale was analogous to affirmative action, which will be permissible on a college level in California if Senate Bill 185 (SB 185) is made law. Though the analogy is imperfect, the idea is the same: minorities are, in general, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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OSU opens immigration debate
Daily O'CollegianOctober 5, 2011

The ACLU also works to debunk immigration myths. One myth is that immigrants don't want to be citizens. "It's not like going from A to B," Cox said. "It's a journey to get citizenship or a legal status." Another myth is crime rate. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Ohio gov. 'barnstorms' for union law
Washington ExaminerOctober 10, 2011

AP Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is literally doing some barnstorming on behalf of the state's collective bargaining overhaul. The Republican governor defended the law on Sunday during a rally at a barn in Plain City, northwest of Columbus. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Obama intervenes in US freight rail dispute
WHTCOctober 7, 2011

All have extensive experience in labor arbitration, the White House said. Government intervention is permitted under federal law in railroad and airline disputes if an impasse or potential strike is considered damaging to commerce. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Individuals Seeking Social Security Disability Can Now Qualify With New Conditions
Law Firm Newswire (press release)October 11, 2011

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2011 – Social Security recently added 12 new compassionate allowances to their fast-track disability process. These allowances are now incorporated into the Social Security Administration's (SSA) ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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New Second Edition of "Reductions in Force in Employment Law" Provides a ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 6, 2011

This treatise encompasses a wealth of information, including careful analyses of discrimination law issues; the often complex disclosure and other issues attendant upon releases of ADEA claims; a review of developments under the federal WARN Act, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Lawsuit accuses PetSmart of sex bias
AZ Central.comOctober 14, 2011

A Washington, DC, law firm known for handling high-profile workplace-discrimination and harassment cases, has sued Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. on behalf of a client who alleges she was harassed at two of ...more »

Employment Contracts
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212 Wis. school unions want to recertify, many others give up few remaining ...
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teacher's union, is aware of about 300 local chapters operating without a contract. Unions that don't recertify can continue to exist, but they won't have any formal bargaining power. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records Deported At Record Rate
Neon TommyOctober 18, 2011

More than 216000 convicted criminals were among the record number of illegal immigrants deported in fiscal year 2011 as the Obama administration continued to emphasize a focus on high-risk cases. "Smart and effective immigration enforcement relies on ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Family Caregivers: A Priority For Politicians?
Health Affairs (blog)October 3, 2011

While the breadth of bill topics, especially at the state level, (Alzheimer's, family leave, long-term care insurance, elder abuse, workforce development, nursing home regulation, end-of-life care, and others) is impressive, fewer than half will likely ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Waiting continues
Amarillo.comOctober 1, 2011

An unfair labor practice complaint filed by United Auto Workers Local 317 in July will be sent to Washington, DC, for further review, said Martha Kinard, the agency's Fort Worth-based regional director. The complaint alleges Bell aimed to break the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Progress has been slow in wake of Philadelphia 'house of horrors'
Tribune ReviewOctober 2, 2011

Prosecutors labeled Gosnell's clinic a "house of horrors," accusing him of allowing untrained personnel to perform abortions in unsanitary conditions. "You would think, given the public outcry to put together that legislation, that this would have been ...more »

Corbella: Unions slam NDP as dangerous to workers and Canada
Calgary HeraldOctober 1, 2011

A spokesman for one of Canada's largest labour organizations says he has the proof. On Thursday, Canada's building trades unions, along with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, held a forum in Ottawa focusing on the looming skilled worker ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Insiders say assisted-living law overreaches
Duluth News TribuneOctober 1, 2011

But the new law is only drawing fire from one constituency, he added. “The only people who have complained to me have been the (assisted-living) providers,” Abeler said. “I've not heard one word from a client or citizen group. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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NOTW Reporter Threatens to Go Public
Daily BeastOctober 1, 2011

A former News of the World reporter who has since been arrested in connection to the phone-hacking scandal is threatening to break his silence when he testifies in his wrongful termination lawsuit. Neville Thurlback, 49, was the chief reporter for the ...more »

Government Employees
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Excessive overtime can severely drain public employee pensions
Dayton Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

Public employees who make vast amounts of overtime during just a few years of their careers can cause a dangerous drain to the state's public employee pension systems, ...more »


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