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Sizing up the Supreme Court
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

I happen to have been in Court the day that the bankruptcy case [Ransom v. FIA Card Services] came down and she delivered it as though she was talking to some friends about it and made it very accessible to people in the audience. ...more »

Freeport ready to renegotiate contract with RI government
Jakarta PostOctober 1, 2011

Despite the 2008 law on institution income tax stating that mining companies have pay only 25 percent institution income tax on its total profits, the contract stipulates that the company must pay 35 percent. Minerals and Coal Director General Thamrin ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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LaMalfa visits Corning Tea Party Patriots
Corning ObserverOctober 8, 2011

Doug LaMalfa said the state redistricting "was like affirmative action for certain candidates," and accused Democrats of manipulating the process for political gain. Hands were raising like a classroom of enthusiastic students as LaMalfa, R-Richvale, ...more »

Government Employees
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Issue 2 battle shifts to benefits
Toledo BladeOctober 3, 2011

Public employee contributions to health-care premiums are below the average for three of the largest government entities in Lucas County. According to Steve Herwat, Toledo deputy mayor for operations, city employees, except for firefighters, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Early Voting Begins In Ohio
WLWT CincinnatiOctober 4, 2011

Voters this fall will decide whether the state should toss out a law governing public employee unions that was passed this spring. The measure limits the collective bargaining abilities of more than 350000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Supreme Court to take up health reform, immigration, profanity and more
89.3 KPCCOctober 3, 2011

A bigger headline case will test Arizona's power in enacting its controversial immigration law, SB 1070. Can states such as Arizona and Alabama adopt their own enforcement schemes or does the federal government have exclusive control? ...more »

Labor Disputes
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THURSDAY'S CUP: Move that bus: Mack disputes job count
Gulf Coast Business ReviewOctober 6, 2011

According to the US Department of Labor, the job is in fact green β€” an assertion that inflames several members of Congress, including US Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers. In a bit that quickly went viral, Mack ripped into US Secretary of Labor Hilda ...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 »

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 Contracts
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VC seeks agreement with SEIU
The Miscellany NewsOctober 5, 2011

These positions were never guaranteed in the previous contracts; they were only offered as they became available. Spencer explained, "if one accepts a position at Vassar that is an academic year job, then your employment is consistent with the ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Investigator: Company retaliated against New Gloucester social worker
Lewiston Sun JournalOctober 14, 2011

Taylor met with the medical director and, in July 2009, she met with the chief operating officer to discuss past and ongoing harassment and a hostile environment in the workplace. A day later, she was fired. Taylor hadn't been reprimanded verbally or ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Employers face higher health care costs for next year
Baltimore SunOctober 2, 2011

Kaiser estimates that up to 2 percentage points of this year's increase can be attributed to popular new benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul that won't take full effect until 2014. That law requires many health plans ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Exploiting undocumented workers
Ventura County ReporterOctober 20, 2011

... the E-Verify system of checking workers' eligibility is so much harder to use than β€œthe cumbersome and costly I-9 forms,” but for the moment, let's assume that it begins to be used widely and pushes law-breaking illegal workers out of some jobs. ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Postal service at crossroads
Hickory Daily RecordOctober 2, 2011

Employees say changing law will save Postal Service. Could your mail be delayed? Postal workers protested early Monday morning and voiced their opinions on why the local mail should still go... The tug of war over the US Postal Service is largely a ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Union files complaint over Mont. jail's management
CanadianBusiness.comOctober 10, 2011

"There may be safety requirements covered by other portions of state law, but those would not constitute an unfair labor practice even if they're found to have merit," Johnson said. The union β€” which includes 75 to 80 detention officers, sergeants and ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Concealed Carry Permit Takes Effect, Many Customers Unhappy
10TVOctober 1, 2011

Many bar owners disagreed with the new law, though. "What if something happens and they pull their guns? And they go to fire and they miss aim and on of my staff goes down, or one of my patrons go down? Now I have to explain that I don't want any part ...more »

Verizon Unions to Offer Health-Plan Consolidation to End Dispute
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Verizon Communications Inc. unions representing about 45000 workers are preparing to propose the consolidation of health-care plans next week, as a step toward ending a labor dispute that began over the summer. ...more »


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