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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 »

Jerry Brown tweaks 'bipartisan' legislators again
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 1, 2011

"This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats," the governor wrote in his signing message. "If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Commentary: Affirmative action and the Supreme Court
Kansas City StarOctober 10, 2011

The case potentially isn't just about one disappointed would-be Longhorn but about the undoing of affirmative action in higher education. Are enough justices ready to walk through this minefield again after just eight years? In 2003, the court took up ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Chris Christie Supports Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
MMD Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 (MMD Newswire) - - Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is pointing out the hypocrisy of New Jersey Governor and potential presidential candidate Chris Christie's support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Amnesty for illegal aliens. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Issue 2 sides face off in Toledo
Toledo BladeOctober 5, 2011

THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY Enlarge | Photo Reprints Opponents of the state's controversial proposed collective bargaining law on Wednesday brought their statewide bus trip to Toledo, where they were met by a handful of counter-protesters. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Local church-state case before Supreme Court: A roundup
Detroit Metro Times (blog)October 6, 2011

Perich and Roach, joined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, argue that religious institutions are not exempt from employment discrimination laws in such disputes. It's tricky because since civil rights laws were enacted, some appellate ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Employees Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House ...
Benzinga (press release)October 10, 2011

Four of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Connecticut limits employers' use of credit reports
Lexology (registration)October 10, 2011

... pattern or practice of unlawful discrimination by rejecting job applicants based on their credit histories. The Connecticut bill was hotly contested – employers look at credit reports as useful tools in making hiring and other employment decisions, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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The legacy of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings
Washington PostOctober 5, 2011

As to sexual harassment, of course such behavior still occurs and some women still endure it, rather than speak out. But Hill's reluctant testimony educated and chastened many men, and it emboldened many women. The workplace of 2011 may not be perfect, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Palo Alto, firefighters union reach agreement
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 1, 2011

Local 1319 re-filed an unfair labor practice charge last month with the state Public Employment Relations Board after council members refused to remove a measure from the Nov. 8 ballot to repeal binding arbitration. If Measure D passes, the city will ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Do you support the use of taxpayer funds to help undocumented students with ...
Wall Street JournalOctober 12, 2011

Many undocumented workers (not citizens) come to the US; work and make US dollars; but send their monies to their people so they can come to the US and be a "burden on those the pay Income Taxes. Why not educate those US citizen that are High School ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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The Policy Wonk in the War Room: Reflections After 20 Years
Huffington PostOctober 4, 2011

It was the impetus for the Family and Medical Leave Act, a policy that would mean I could take three months off with the birth of each of my children. And through the creation in 1997 of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Claremont police union charge city with with unfair labor practice
Contra Costa TimesOctober 5, 2011

CLAREMONT - The Claremont Police Officers Association has charged the city of Claremont with unfair labor practices. The claim indicated the city has violated the government codes for "the right to participate in a union; retaliation against employees; ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Retire When You Want To!
Motley Fool UKOctober 3, 2011

In other words, Britain's senior workers now have a legal right to work beyond age 65. This law -- the latest piece in a complex jigsaw of anti-discrimination legislation introduced by the previous Labour government -- should spell the end of ageism in ...more »

Labor unions are the last voice of the working man
Milwaukee Journal SentinelOctober 1, 2011

Those who are hell-bent on destroying labor unions should be very careful of what they ask for. The average worker today is completely at the mercy of his or her employer. The employee/employer relationship rarely exists. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales
BloombergOctober 2, 2011

In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket, pledging to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage laws and federal agencies -- including the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fired Banker Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
KPSP Local 2October 21, 2011

Haddon Libby, a former bank executive at First Foundation Bank in La Quinta, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer after he was fired back in September. Libby said his boss fired him after he questioned officials at an Indian ...more »

Government Employees
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E-Street: Do you think government workers in B.C. are overpaid?
The ProvinceOctober 1, 2011

Most government workers are paid far beyond what they are worth for the work they do. Recently I watched three government workers come out to repaint one fire hydrant. One person painted the blue part, the second painted the white and the third came ...more »

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