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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 »

Agencies: Al-Awlaki death may spur new attacks against U.S.
CNNOctober 1, 2011

The agencies issued a joint intelligence bulletin late Friday to state and local law enforcement partners. The bulletin said supporters might seek to portray al-Awlaki as a martyr in a supposed US war against Islam. The document, obtained by CNN, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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High Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

... and nervousness about the UT case,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in College Park. The broadcasting case, likely to be argued in January, is perhaps the most significant of the court's business cases. ...more »

Government Employees
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REGION: County bonuses boost pensions, too, by millions
North County TimesOctober 5, 2011

Using premium pay, bonuses, unused sick and vacation time payouts and other devices to increase pensions is so common among public employees that some government watchdog groups, a civilian grand jury and most recently the California Legislature, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Liberty Maritime Corporation Announces Change in Union Affiliation
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Those vessels had previously been subject to a collective bargaining agreement between Liberty Maritime and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), which expired September 30, 2011. The MEBA will continue to provide deck ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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What's the real purpose of immigration reform?
Eufaula TribuneOctober 17, 2011

The Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature voted this year to crack down on illegal immigration by passing some of the toughest restrictions in America. It wasn'ta huge political gamble. Most Alabamians support some type of immigration reform. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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A Nurse's Viewpoint
Berkeley Daily PlanetOctober 7, 2011

I started at age 24 when it was Merritt Hospital and have worked there through various mergers and labor disputes and strikes. We, as Registered Nurses, have worked very hard through the years for a contract that protects our patients and offers us ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Massena village Board of Trustees puts brakes on hiring
WatertownDailyTimes.comOctober 10, 2011

... financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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CFO Slaps Ex-Employer with Bias Suit
CFO.com MagazineOctober 5, 2011

Disability discrimination may make for a better case. Rosenthal's attorney, David Sanford of law firm Sanford Wittels & Heisler, says there could be a certain logic in marginalizing and firing someone in a key position if there are concerns over the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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George Osborne plan to charge workers for tribunals angers unions
The GuardianOctober 3, 2011

Photograph: David Gadd/Sportsphoto/Allstar George Osborne moved to deregulate the labour market by announcing big fees to deter workers bringing employment tribunal action such as unfair dismissal and race discrimination cases. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Refresher Training Provided After Claims of Racial Harassment
HR.BLR.comOctober 1, 2011

After African-American employees complained of racial harassment in the workplace, their employer took steps to prevent further harassment, including providing refresher training on anti-harassment policies. But did the employer do enough? ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Unemployment: No agreement on how to fix dysfunctional jobs market
Financial TimesOctober 4, 2011

Salvador del Rey, professor of employment law at Esade business school and a partner at law firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira in Barcelona, says recent reforms have not changed the underlying structure of Spanish labour legislation. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama Official: Self-Deportation is What We Want
Fox NewsOctober 7, 2011

Mo Brooks, a Republican, told the website POLITICO that the exodus of undocumented immigrants from schools and jobs was exactly what his state's law intended. “Those are the intended consequences of Alabama's legislation with respect to (undocumented ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Think Pink: Should The Cost Of Breast Cancer Care Be A Consideration?
BlissTreeOctober 7, 2011

Far and away, cancer survivors and family members who responded echoed the same sentiments that my grandmother expressed: that cancer care is really, really expensive. And yet, few doctors or patients even think to consider the price tag at the time of ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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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 »

Federal Personnel
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Council considers changes to city manager ordinance
Desert Valley TimesOctober 11, 2011

... pursuant to the provisions of the contract between the manager and the city council. “i. except as otherwise provided by law, the city council reserves the power to make all determinations regarding employment decisions relative to pay, ...more »

Young workers set to take leadership roles
Workday MinnesotaOctober 1, 2011

As immigrants from Kenya and Somalia, they did not grow up in union households. But they embrace the ideals that formed the American labor movement. “The union is for all working Americans,” said Kassim. “We want to have a better life for our kids, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Telford Fire Co. says law allows electronic signs
Montgomery NewspapersOctober 6, 2011

“Now we have road standards, sidewalk standards, curb standards, something that governs construction within the borough,” said Patrick DiGangi, Telford's engineer. Continued... Since Telford is part of the Indian Valley Regional Planning Commission, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former Nolan County employee Connie Jamison settles wrongful termination...
ReporterNews.comOctober 13, 2011

A federal lawsuit filed by a Nolan County employee against the county for unlawful termination that dragged on for more than a year was settled Sept. 27. Former deputy district clerk Connie Jamison filed a lawsuit against the county ...more »

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