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Stealing your identity
bcrnews.comOctober 1, 2011

Mike Prusinski of LifeLock, an identity theft protection business, said identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. “You are 10 times more likely to have your identity stolen than your car,” he said. And of those thefts, one out of every ...more »

Kodak denies bankruptcy plan but shares plummet
Economic TimesOctober 1, 2011

Eastman Kodak Co shares lost more than half their value on Friday as the company hired a law firm well-known for bankruptcy cases, triggering speculation that the photography pioneer could file for bankruptcy. Kodak, which delivered the first consumer ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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College Diversity Nears Its Last Stand
New York TimesOctober 15, 2011

It could also mean the end of affirmative action at public universities. Ms. Fisher's lawyers filed a petition seeking a Supreme Court review last month, and legal experts say the justices will probably agree to hear it, setting the stage for a ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Let's Not Give up on Immigration Detention Reform Quite Yet
Huffington Post (blog)October 9, 2011

It has been two years since the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) John Morton announced plans for significant reform of ICE's immigration detention system, moving from a penal model towards civil detention more appropriate for ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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SB 5 author urges voter support
Middletown JournalOctober 5, 2011

He said collective bargaining for public employees approved in 1983 was a “very pro-labor law” long overdue for a review. Among the reforms in Senate Bill 5 are requiring public employees to pay their own share for their pensions and 15 percent of ...more »

Labor Disputes
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NLRB reform legislation aims at reforming 'disease,' not just 'symptoms'
Daily CallerOctober 11, 2011

Micro unions allow labor organizers to section off company employees by specific job descriptions. For example, if a union tried to organize a restaurant staff, leaders would target servers, busboys, dishwashers, cooks and hostesses separately. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Davis School Board to OK service dogs in meeting federal law
StandardNetOctober 3, 2011

Service animals are defined by law as either a dog or a miniature horse that is trained to perform tasks for the person with a disability, which includes physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Beus said currently there ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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EEOC alleges age discrimination at Texas Roadhouse
Lebanon Daily NewsOctober 3, 2011

WASHINGTON—The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain of age discrimination in hiring "front of the house" employees. The lawsuit claims the Kentucky-based chain ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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DHL Global Sued by EEOC for Harassment and Intimidation of Hispanic Workers ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 3, 2011

National origin discrimination in the workplace, including national origin harassment, and retaliation for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit (case no. 3:11- CV-02581-L) in US District Court for ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Builder Magazine lauds Neal company
Bradenton HeraldOctober 10, 2011

The magazine estimates that housing prices will rise 2.8 percent next year, and the employment rate is expected to rise 3.7 percent. Neal Communities was cited for its permit activity. Neal Communities wrote 39 contracts in September -- a 90 percent ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Wronged Without Recourse
Boston ReviewOctober 5, 2011

By exercising their rights in new and creative ways, they can at least potentially avoid the perils and pitfalls of an outdated New Deal industrial relations regime that presupposes majority (or contract) unionism. The timeliness of the NLRB's ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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New Federal Rule Underscores Importance of DOMA Repeal
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)October 5, 2011

Providing the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to federal employees whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is serving in the Armed Forces on active duty in a foreign country (or is about to) just makes sense as the right, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB delays union poster rule over confusion
The Associated PressOctober 5, 2011

Failure to put up the posters under the new rule would be considered an unfair labor practice. But Cleeland said the board is not trying to implement a "gotcha" rule and would probably issue a warning first if there is a complaint about a company's ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Federal Law Enforcement Agency Selects VirTra Systems Judgmental Use of Force ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

TEMPE, AZ, Oct 03, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- VirTra Systems (pinksheets:VTSI), a leading provider of firearms training systems to Military and Law Enforcement agencies, today announced a contract award for two VirTra 300 judgmental use of force ...more »

Quinn maintains plan to close state facilities despite labor dispute
WBEZOctober 4, 2011

Pat Quinn said he wants to move forward with proposed layoffs and closing seven state facilities despite an arbitrator's ruling that doing so would violate a contract with labor unions. Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled on Monday that Quinn's plan to close ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Gaming funds law
The Herald-MailOctober 3, 2011

“(II) 40 percent of the moneys deposited in the fund to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.” The law has since been ammended to dictate that 50 percent of the gaming fund money goes to charities and 50 percent goes to the ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Koch responds to Bloomberg
Washington Post (blog)October 4, 2011

She sued Koch-Glitsch in France for wrongful termination. What is missing from this account? According to Holden, Koch-Glitsch completed its investigation and terminated the four employees involved. Egorova-Farines was not fired but instead ran into ...more »

Government Employees
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NM pension fund director Terry Slattery resigns
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

The top administrator of New Mexico's pension fund for government workers is stepping down to take a job with a retirement program in Iowa. The Public Employees Retirement Association board on Thursday accepted the resignation of ...more »

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