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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Federal MS-13 informant who lied about murders granted new trial
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

Acosta was recruited as an undercover informant by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2005 and gave federal agents information about the gang's activities in San Francisco, including murders and planned murders. It was not immediately clear ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race ...more »

Government Employees
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Government spending might be consolidated under 1 official
The OlympianFebruary 4, 2012

Chris Gregoire's administration would give new authority to oversee contracts and discipline contractors to the head of the four-month-old Department of Enterprise Services. It is moving through the Legislature. No opposition surfaced at a hearing ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Recall Challenge Deadline Looms For Senators
WISC MadisonFebruary 6, 2012

Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law are trying to oust six Republicans from office, including Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Sens. Scott Fitzgerald, Pam Galloway, Terry Moulton and Van Wanggaard. Last month Democrats handed ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Dems face tricky immigration choice
The HillFebruary 3, 2012

bolstered his standing among Hispanic voters by claiming immigration reform as one of his highest priorities. During his State of the Union address last month, President Obama called for Congress to resurrect the DREAM Act, even though lawmakers say ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Quest should be for easier resolution of unfair dismissal cases, not repeal of law
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

We need to make sure that disputes between workers and employers are resolved in the workplace and never reach Fair Work Australia. Every dismissal costs the employer and employee time, money and resources. It costs the economy and it costs families.more »

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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily LewisboroFebruary 22, 2012

... the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education scheduled a board meeting to take place on Thursday at 6:30 pm to "discuss matters of the employment history of a particular person and / or matters leading to the promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

On March 20, 2008, she filed a verified complaint with the Division alleging that MW discriminated against her based on her disability in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), specifically, NJSA 10:5-4, -4.1, when it denied ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Black Caucus to fight anti-discrimination laws
St. Louis AmericanFebruary 2, 2012

Tishaura O. Jones, Assistant Minority Leader in the Missouri House Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:05 am | Updated: 7:56 pm, Wed Feb 1, 2012. On Monday the Legislative Black Caucus vowed to fight all attempts to weaken the Missouri Human Rights ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Seminar on workplace harassment of women
The News InternationalFebruary 1, 2012

Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) held a seminar on 'Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010', while celebrating '16 Days of Activism in Islamabad' Tuesday, says a press release. The day celebrated every year ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Local unions won't recertify
Beloit Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

WERC chairman Jim Scott said after Monday's deadline, unions out of contract and not seeking recertification "as a matter of law ... no longer represent the employees involved." What impact that will have on contractual talks between cities and city ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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The DREAM Act: The decision is yours
Diamondback OnlineFebruary 6, 2012

Last April, the state Legislature passed its version of the federal DREAM Act. Under this law, undocumented students (children of illegal immigrants) are eligible for the in-state tuition rate if they attend a state high school for three years and ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Extending leave
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Steelworkers Ratify Agreement with Cooper Tire, Ending Lockout
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

The USW filed unfair labor practice charges against Cooper with Region 8 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) shortly after the lockout began that if upheld may trigger a back pay liability for the time the NLRB determines the lockout illegal.more »

Federal Personnel
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McGrigors LLP | Northern Ireland Employment Law Brief
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 2, 2012

Restrictive covenants – more than six months may be dangerous? Many employers are watching with anticipation the proposals for reform and simplification of employment law. Vince Cable in his speech to the Engineering Federation on 23 November 2011 set ...more »

Indiana may soon be Rust Belt's first right-to-work state
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

The state Senate voted 28-22 to pass the labor union bill as thousands of protesters packed Statehouse hallways, shouting their disapproval. Thousands more were outside waiting to get in. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill shortly thereafter without ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Police describe carefully planned double murder-suicide at Josh Powell's home
KIRO SeattleFebruary 7, 2012

Arson and homicide investigators said they evidence they found indicated Powell and his kids were killed in a ferocious fire that erupted seconds after an explosion rocked the house. “We found two five-gallon gas cans. One of them was with the bodies, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Keizer agrees to terms with former employee
Statesman JournalFebruary 7, 2012

26, an later filed a grievance with the city claiming wrongful termination. “I know Roland is happy to put all this business behind him, said Tom Bauer, a friend of Hererra. “I'm glad the city demonstrated the cooperation it took to reach this ...more »


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