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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

How to protect your business in the event of a breach of personal information
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business spoke with Winter about how privacy and security liability insurance can protect your company if personal information is stolen. What kinds of companies should be concerned about the loss of personal information? Any company that retains ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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ERBE: Supreme Court to take up affirmative action
The Times HeraldOctober 24, 2011

Is affirmative action passe, or is it a vibrant doctrine that is still sorely needed to diversify the nation's public colleges and universities? That is a question the Supreme Court is likely to take up and answer later in the current ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Oklahoma lawmakers should note what member says about immigration law
NewsOK.comOctober 5, 2011

We've seen the pandering and hand-wringing over the in-state tuition idea here in Oklahoma. Penalizing students for the sins of their parents is silly; as has been reported many times, this benefit doesn't keep resident students out of college. ...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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DoLE settles labor case online
Manila BulletinOctober 1, 2011

The online conference led to the resolution of the case. The complainants received a P1.3-million separation package, which is the highest so far in Caraga. Baldoz said they are considering using the case as model in resolving similar disputes. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Alert dog barred from class
Jackson Clarion LedgerOctober 3, 2011

McCurdy is now seeking mediation through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she said. There is also this plot twist: The district superintendent is Frank McCurdy, her father-in-law, who has stayed out of the fray. "He is letting others handle ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Dallas, Texas Employment Law Specialist Highlights Key Federal Discrimination Laws
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)October 3, 2011

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information against an applicant or employee. While all of these federal statutes prohibit employment discrimination, the specific prohibitions and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Workplace Suit To Proceed; EEOC Closes File On Clerk Complaint
Fort Smith Times RecordOctober 5, 2011

Deputy circuit clerks Tyanna Caldwell and Jean Austin and former deputy circuit clerk Lynsey Shockley have accused Blevins of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and wage discrimination in a complaint initially filed with the ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Oil Falls After Closing at One-Year Low as Europe Ministers Meet
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

“Economic data in the US hasn't been all that terrible, but we will focus on the employment figures at the end of the week to see whether they are improving.” The US Institute for Supply Management's factory index fell to 50.3 in August, according to a ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Navarrette: An about-face on foreign workers
Ventura County StarOctober 8, 2011

Republicans like to pitch the fairy tale that illegal immigrants take jobs from American workers, and then use that as an excuse for deporting the undocumented. Are we supposed to believe that a political party that fights ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Libyan family killed fleeing Gadhafi hometown
Seattle Post IntelligencerOctober 1, 2011

Revolutionary forces had given families inside Sirte two days to leave the city starting Friday, said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council that now runs the country. They tried to keep a safe corridor open for civilians ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Government clears PAL of unfair labor practice
Sun.StarOctober 4, 2011

RETRENCHED workers of Philippine Airlines (PAL) was dealt another legal defeat on Tuesday after the government junked charges of unfair labor practice against the airline for alleged refusal to commence collective bargaining negotiations early this ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Drivers will now be warned for cell phone use while on the road
Reno Gazette JournalOctober 5, 2011

The law includes some exceptions, including use in emergency situations, such as reporting a medical emergency, safety hazard or criminal activity, and if stopping would be impractical or hazardous; certain emergency and law enforcement personnel and ...more »

CTA chief knocks 'archaic' work rules, projects $277 million deficit
Chicago Sun-TimesOctober 4, 2011

He would only say that at least some of those painful solutions can be avoided, if only CTA unions would agree to do what city unions refused to do for Mayor Rahm Emanuel: alter work-rules in a way that reduces CTA operating costs. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Head of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement says federal law...
PolitiFactOctober 2, 2011

Federal law prohibits undocumented students from receiving federal funds for college, such as Guaranteed Student Loans and Pell Grants. To qualify for those funds, students must be either US citizens or immigrants granted permanent residency. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fired HR director files written complaint alleging wrongful termination...
My Edmonds News (registration)October 13, 2011

A news release from Freed's office stated that Humann's termination “came almost immediately upon the heels of her advising the Mayor of her participation” in the audit. “As my former position as HR Director requires, when allegations of violations are ...more »

Government Employees
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Gov, PEF say renegotiations are possible
Legislative GazetteOctober 3, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan said "While I am disappointed in the outcome of this vote, it is my hope that the governor and the leaders of the Public Employees Federation will come to a resolution that will save jobs and preserve the ...more »


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