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US DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine Sept 30 (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 »

Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt
Newsday (subscription)October 1, 2011

Letters Newsday > Opinion > Letters Letter: Worker's comp changes hurt Published: September 30, 2011 7:01 PM Regarding "Poverty on the rise on Long Island" [News, Sept. 22], another story that needs to be told was briefly touched on with the woman who ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Women urged to develop thick skins
Ghana News AgencyOctober 28, 2011

Mrs Gbedemah was speaking at the Volta Regional Consultative Meeting on the Affirmative Action Legislation (AAL) in Ho on Thursday. She said it was important women corrected the innate wrong perceptions about their capabilities and also change the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Crossing Over, and Over
New York TimesOctober 3, 2011

Repeat crossers are given a special black mark, and the administration has already deported hundreds of thousands of minor offenders, despite claiming to focus on "the worst of the worst." Several Democratic governors and law enforcement officials are ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Nearly all state teachers unions without pact seek recertification
Wisconsin State JournalOctober 13, 2011

Most districts with teacher contracts extended them for one year last spring because of the uncertainty during the debate over the state's new collective bargaining law, said Miles Turner, executive director of the Wisconsin Association of School ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Chrysler may seek arbitration in talks with UAW
Detroit Free PressOctober 6, 2011

Binding arbitration is extremely uncommon in the private sector, according to labor experts, but it is frequently used to resolve disputes between government and public employee unions. During World War II, unions voluntarily surrendered the right to ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Syracuse University's Burton Blatt Institute Receives $6.2 Million Grant to ...
Newswise (press release)October 4, 2011

Launched in 2005 at SU College of Law, BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU's School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI engages in projects on civil and ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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EEOC alleges age discrimination at Texas Roadhouse
Boston GlobeOctober 3, 2011

AP / October 3, 2011 WASHINGTON—The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit accusing the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain of age discrimination in hiring "front of the house" employees. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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For Whom Did Alleged Harassment Victim Work?
HR.BLR.comOctober 11, 2011

This comprehensive special report will give you the information you need to know about these current HR challenges and how to most effectively manage them in your workplace. Download Now What happened. “Dubois” first contacted the employment and ethics ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Ford, UAW Agree on Labor Contract (F, GM, TM, HMC)
24/7 Wall St. (blog)October 4, 2011

The new contracts don't even bring employment totals back to the lousy 2008 levels. The only way these new contracts can be considered a win for the unions is if the deals are considered not to have lost union members much. Ford's shares have risen ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Rick Perry is Right About Educating the Children of Undocumented Workers
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

Perry rightly argues that giving the children of illegal immigrants access to Texas higher education is not only the right thing to do, but the cheapest way for the state to tackle the problems associated with this demographic. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Stuck in Bed for 19 Months, at Hospital's Expense
New York TimesOctober 2, 2011

In a city with a large immigrant population, it is not rare for hospitals to have one or more patients who, for reasons unrelated to their medical condition, do not seem to leave. At Downtown, where a bed costs the hospital more than $2000 a day, ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NBA labor talks turn nasty as negotiations end
Boston.comOctober 21, 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, so far, have been opposed ...more »

Federal Personnel
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High Court interrogation ruling due
The Press AssociationOctober 3, 2011

They argue the guidelines threaten to expose British troops, intelligence service agents and other personnel to charges of aiding and abetting torture. They were drawn up against the background of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...more »

Burma Ends 50-Year Ban on Labor Unions, Right to Strike
International Business TimesOctober 14, 2011

According to reports, the legislation will allow the formation of unions with a minimum of thirty members and the right to take industrial action as long as period of notice of three days is provided. Under the law, employers who fire workers for ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire destroys historic downtown building
San Antonio ExpressOctober 1, 2011

Saturday's blaze also damaged a law office and the city's finance office in the Riverview Towers, a 21-floor commercial high-rise next door. Hood said floors 1-7 were affected. Carter and his father, David Carter, bought the Wolfson building and ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Judge Orders Ex-Partner's Discrimination Suit Against Irell Sent to Arbitration
The Am Law DailyOctober 24, 2011

A California Superior Court judge has sided with Irell & Manella and ordered that an employment discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the firm by a former entertainment partner be decided in a confidential arbitration ...more »

Government Employees
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Ex-Archives official admits theft
Washington Post (blog)October 4, 2011

“This case is especially egregious because the defendant was a high-ranking government employee who violated his obligation to protect historical records that belong to the National Archives and Records Administration,” US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein ...more »


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