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East Fallowfield appeals decision by zoning hearing board
Daily Local NewsOctober 1, 2011

EAST FALLOWFIELD — Township supervisors did not properly vote to pursue an appeal of a zoning hearing board decision, according to a state Sunshine Law expert. Teri Henning, an attorney with the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, ...more »

Mega Brands Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved
Gifts & Decorative AccessoriesOctober 1, 2011

Defendants MEGA Brands Inc. et al. have denied any and all liability, but have agreed to settle claims for refunds on certain Magnet Toy products, which plaintiffs alleged contained defective magnets. The proposed settlement covers over 10 million MEGA ...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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OSU opens immigration debate
Daily O'CollegianOctober 5, 2011

The ACLU also works to debunk immigration myths. One myth is that immigrants don't want to be citizens. "It's not like going from A to B," Cox said. "It's a journey to get citizenship or a legal status." Another myth is crime rate. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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State Auditor Speaks At Rotary/Urges Support Of Issue Two
1330 WFINOctober 4, 2011

Enough signatures were gathered by opponents of the law to place a repeal question on the ballot this November. A yes vote would retain the law. A no vote would repeal it. The law limits the collective bargaining rights of unionized public employees by ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Union, Station playing to hype
Las Vegas Review-JournalOctober 2, 2011

Afterward, Taylor said the ruling went beyond any decision made during the union's recent high-profile labor disputes, including the Culinary's six-and-a-half-year strike against the New Frontier, the longest walkout in the history of US organized ...more »

Rrb Disability
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High Court Considers Disabilities Act Dispute
NPROctober 5, 2011

Justice Ginsburg, unconvinced, noted that Perich's "duties at the school did not change from when she's a contract teacher, and therefore not a minister" to when she became a commissioned minister. Indeed, Ginsburg continued, the majority of Lutheran ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Big Country reps oppose Obama's jobs bill provision
ReporterNews.comOctober 1, 2011

Obama included a section in his jobs bill prohibiting discrimination against out-of-work candidates and allowing unsuccessful job seekers to sue if they think they were disqualified because they are unemployed. Abilene Rep. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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JP accused of sexually harassing six court clerks
Law TimesOctober 10, 2011

After a career in Ontario's public service, he started a consulting business and won contracts with the Ontario and Canadian human rights commissions to do work that included investigations and mediations for workplace discrimination matters. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Legal Q&A: Employed or self-employed?
PersonnelToday.comOctober 3, 2011

If there are no mutual obligations there can be no contract of employment. Master/servant relationship. Can the "employer" tell the "employee" how to do the work? Integration. Is the "employee" operating as part of a team? ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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How is Rick Perry playing in Perry, Iowa?
DesMoinesRegister.comOctober 12, 2011

FEDERAL LAW: Under federal law, the illegal immigrants don't qualify for Pell Grants or other federal college aid. POPULARITY: More students take advantage of the in-state tuition each year; a total of 16476 qualified in fiscal year 2010. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Condition critical: New York's Medicaid benefits costliest in United States
The Journal News | LoHud.comOctober 2, 2011

Those in need of a nursing home discover quickly that the cost is unbearable, even in families with higher incomes, said Bernard Krooks, a Westchester attorney specializing in elder law. "Medicaid has actually turned out to be a safety net for the ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Bay City police patrol former union representatives file complaint against city
MLive.comOctober 27, 2011

BAY CITY — The state-wide Fraternal Order of Police labor council isn't done with its fight to have the Bay City police patrol union's relationships with a new labor representative terminated. The FOP recently filed an unfair labor practice complaint ...more »

Federal Personnel
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill for some searches without warrants
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Special high-tech, law-enforcement personnel are empowered to check that discs contain legally required identification information. The law imposes potentially large fines for violations. "The crime of illegal mass reproduction of music and movies is a ...more »

Manhattan Is Home to Not One, But Two Protests Today
New York MagazineOctober 1, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has been gaining ground (and visibility) in recent days with major labor unions joining the demonstrations—camped out at Zuccotti Park, since renamed Liberty Plaza by the protesters—and the launch today of The Occupy Wall Street ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Judge: New FDNY Hiring Practices Don't Go Far Enough
NY1October 1, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is once again feeling the heat from a federal judge over its hiring practices. Judge Nicholas Garaufis says despite progress on diversity in recent recruiting, the department hasn't done enough to reverse ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Scott Cole & Associates Announces Update for Class Action Lawsuit Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

In immediate reaction to these events, the plaintiff's attorneys at Scott Cole & Associates amended the Complaint today to allege a wrongful termination and invasion of privacy claim. "If Guitar Center thinks it can send a message to its workers that ...more »

Government Employees
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Michigan's Pension Changes May Be Model for Struggling States
BusinessWeekOctober 11, 2011

Some plans let workers choose investment strategies, and they assume the risk -- rather than the government. In 2004, 80 percent of public employees relied on a defined-benefit pension plan. In private enterprises, 64 percent were in ...more »

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