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Hail Damage Helps Sales and Use Tax Revenue Soar
KGWNOctober 1, 2011

Sales and use tax collections typically lag the point of sale by about two months, which means the work load from the hail storm events that happened in July are just now starting to show in the state's tax numbers. "We're seeing this work load ...more »

Finally, some good news on the uninsured
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

It's critical for our kids, our parents, our friends and neighbors and our health care jobs that they find solutions that protect the federal government's commitment to Medicaid. Proposals like block grants and spending caps would simply make more ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The End of Affirmative Action?
The Weekly Standard (blog)October 10, 2011

Opponents of state ballot initiatives that outlaw race and gender based affirmative action programs have vowed to take their fight all the way to the US Supreme Court. Ward Connerly, the former University of California Regent who was the galvanizing ...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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Safety Issues Drive Anti-Issue 2 Bus Tour
Youngstown Business JournalOctober 7, 2011

Issue 2 is the statewide referendum on Senate Bill 5, legislation passed by the state General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich that limits collective bargaining rights for public workers in Ohio. We Are Ohio, the coalition of Democrats, ...more »

Labor Disputes
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UC and its largest union ratify labor agreement
Los Angeles TimesOctober 10, 2011

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, which represents more than 20000 workers, including hospital assistants, custodians and mail processors, approved the contract after lengthy disputes with the university over ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Federal panel sues over firing based on disability
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

"Once she focused on my hand, all she could see was my disability instead of my abilities," Sanders said in a statement released by the commission. EEOC attorney Evangelina Hernandez said the law requires equal treatment for job applicants with ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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EEOC Sues Insurance Firm Sterling and Sterling for Retaliation
Insurance News Net (press release)October 4, 2011

NEW YORK - Sterling and Sterling , a Woodbury, NY , insurance broker, violated federal anti-discrimination law when it suspended and fired a sales telemarketer for filing an EEOC questionnaire and charge, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Bank worker Ricardo Vinagre harassed boss Sonya Reddy 'who flirted like Sharon ...
Daily MailOctober 20, 2011

She said: 'I told him that I felt it was completely inappropriate he would ring me up in the workplace and say things like that. I asked him not to contact me or anyone I worked with again.' But even after Vinagre left her team he continued to contact ...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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Perry's attack on Romney for landscaping by illegal immigrants will likely fizzle
Washington Post (blog)October 19, 2011

Rick Perry answered a question about uninsured children in his state by attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for once having undocumented immigrants at work on his lawn. “And Mitt, you lose all of your standing, from my perspective, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Family of baby killed by pit bulls had history of tragedies
Ct PostOctober 4, 2011

20-month-old Nevaeh Bryant died of multiple injuries after she was attacked by her aunt's dogs during a visit, the medical examiner's office said. She died Friday at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT A family member of the baby ...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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Judge OKs release of Idaho university shooter's records
StandardNetOctober 4, 2011

Second District Judge John R. Stegner said language in the law requiring the written consent of former public officials to disclose their personnel records indicated the law is ambiguous in relation to the deceased. And with that ambiguity, ...more »

Teachers union backs Avakian in Democratic primary
Houston ChronicleOctober 2, 2011

(AP) — The political action committee for Oregon's largest teachers union voted Saturday to back Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in the Democratic primary to replace former congressman David Wu. The decision by the Oregon Education Association ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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NOAA chief draws fire at fisheries hearing
SouthCoastToday.comOctober 4, 2011

That would include the failure of NOAA to fire its law enforcement chief after he was found to have shredded up to 80 percent of his files while his agency was under investigation. Brown, who sat alongside Kerry, repeated his frustrations at having his ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Laid-off city worker appeals loss of federal case
Rutland HeraldOctober 5, 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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Analysis: New plans may not save public pensions
ReutersOctober 3, 2011

According to the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the next two years will see "modest growth" in hybrid plans that combine elements of the defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Around 5 percent of public entities ...more »

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