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Federal disability benefits could end for as many as 700 resident immigrants
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 1, 2011

The total number of state residents affected by the cutoff of Social Security disability benefits will grow to more than 700, said Immigrant Law Center executive director John Keller. The recipients are not US citizens, and had been granted benefits ...more »

Bay Area lawyers banned from visiting hunger strikers
San Jose Mercury NewsOctober 1, 2011

Both women have been active advocates for the rights of prisoners at Pelican State Bay Prison, the Crescent City supermax facility at the epicenter of the hunger strike this week and another one in July. "It's under investigation. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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On the Supreme Court's 2012 docket: Politics
The Virginian-PilotOctober 8, 2011

... claim protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school says that since it's part of a religious institution, the separation of church and state exempts it from having to abide by federal discrimination laws for personnel decisions. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Sensible Immigration Reform is topic of RIT lecture
Henrietta PostOctober 1, 2011

Former US Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall will be the speaker at an Immigration Policy Lecture Series presentation from 5 pm to 7 pm on Oct. 4 at the Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Hall Auditorium, at 20 Lomb Memorial Drive ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Issue 2 opponents outspend supporters for TV airtime
Plain DealerOctober 9, 2011

... determining who gets laid off, and prohibit bargaining on issues such as grievances, promotions, and minimum staffing rules. Television stations are required to publicly disclose advertising buys for candidate campaigns but not for issue campaigns. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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As School Layoffs Loom, City Points Finger at Union Chief, Who Points Right Back
New York TimesOctober 6, 2011

As so often happens in labor disputes, especially when there is bad blood between labor and management, the two sides present vastly different views of events. City officials maintain that they were forced to order the layoffs, which have upset many ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Legal Eagles: Award-Winning Firm Protects Interests of the Vulnerable
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

The Begley Law Group—which has a Moorestown office—specializes in elder and disability law. By Catherine Laughlin Tom Begley Jr. is no stranger to legal victories. In mid-August, Begley and his firm, Begley Law Group PC., were lauded as one of ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Age discrimination in nation's workplaces has only worsened in the tough economy
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

3M's issues started with a mass reduction in force, or RIF, and that's often where issues of age discrimination can arise, according to Gavin Appleby, an attorney for the employment law firm Littler. “When we get involved in a RIF we typically do a ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Workplace Mediation at Capitol Hill
Press Release Service (press release)October 4, 2011

As far as most employers are concerned, workplace mediation provides a preferable alternative to seeking a conflict resolution in court. Whilst a harassment case in court is costly and damaging to the reputation of an employer, it is also a stressful ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Governor to take action on 600 bills before midnight deadline
News10.netOctober 10, 2011

SB 474 by Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) - Commercial construction contracts: indemnity. • SB 507 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) - Property taxation: change in ownership statement. • SB 510 by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) - Real estate...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society
Deseret NewsOctober 3, 2011

But legal workers have refused to fill the agricultural and manual labor jobs usually held by undocumented immigrants, even though many pay more than minimum wage. Millions of dollars worth of produce now lies rotting in Alabama fields for lack of ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Leagle.comOctober 5, 2011

Martricia Chapman, a black female, appeals the dismissal of her pro se second amended complaint, which alleged harassment, discrimination, fraud, and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). The district court dismissed her action after ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NBA cancels first 2 weeks of season
ESPNOctober 11, 2011

Each brought an unfair labor practice charge against the other with the National Labor Relations Board, and the league also filed a federal lawsuit against the union attempting to block it from decertifying. Union officials thus far have been opposed ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Reason unclear for 400 Minnesota database checks on female driver
Grand Forks HeraldOctober 5, 2011

More details emerged Tuesday in the probe of about 100 employees at law enforcement agencies in Minnesota who accessed one woman's driver's license data more than 400 times. The woman is not a public figure but a potential "victim of a crime," a state ...more »

Cuomo now open to 'tweaks' in labor contract
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

He emphasized he wouldn't add to the cost of the labor deal or provide the job security union members seek. "We are anxious to discuss with the governor's negotiators how we can reach an agreement my members are willing to ratify while preserving state ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Conference Wednesday to discuss bath salts solutions
WCSH-TVOctober 5, 2011

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Biddeford confirm that a fire has ... BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Law enforcement and health officials have been dealing with the problem of bath salts for several months now, and it doesn't appear to be ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Laid-off city worker appeals
Rutland HeraldOctober 6, 2011

A former city employee will appeal a federal court decision throwing out her wrongful termination lawsuit. Shawn Connolly was laid off in 2009 from her position as an administrative assistant in the recreation department. ...more »

Government Employees
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4 Arrested In Alleged Government Bribery Case
NPROctober 4, 2011

Curry Graham, director of public affairs for the Army Corps, said at least one of the Army Corps employees was arrested at work. He confirmed that search warrants were presented at the agency's offices Tuesday, but referred other questions to the ...more »


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