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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To California Affirmative Action Ban
NPR (blog)February 13, 2012

by Eyder Peralta US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge to California's 15-year ban on using affirmative action in public college admissions. As the AP put it, Proposition 209, as it's known, "barred racial, ethnic or gender preferences in ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Scranton's court cost in fight against unions increases again
Scranton Times-TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

The state's highest court considered whether state Act 47, the law that governs distressed cities such as Scranton, applied to state Act 111, the law that governs police and fire collective bargaining units. Scranton has been in distressed status under ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Rising Health Costs a Root Cause of Labor Strikes, UCLA Expert Says
Capital Public Radio NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Dylan Roby of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says rising health costs are a root cause of many labor disputes these days, even at health care institutions. ROBY: "Health care costs have been going up at about 7-9% per year for a long time ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Accused East Haven cop seeks disability retirement
New Haven RegisterFebruary 2, 2012

Mannion also confirmed that he has begun internal affairs investigations on all four arrested officers, as requested by retiring Chief of Police Leonard Gallo immediately after the arrests. The investigations likely will take some time, said Mannion, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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The Hidden Costs of Harassment
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Stephen M. Paskoff When a high-profile harassment case disrupts the workplace it often leads managers and executives to revisit their personnel management standards and practices to ensure they have a good defense against litigation.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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KPA Offers New Anti-Harassment Training Designed for Dealerships
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

Preliminary figures from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as reported by The New York Times, show complaints of harassment totaled 8341 in the 2011 fiscal year. To help dealerships with the persistent problem of harassment in the workplace, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Pleasantville school district settles teacher contract
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 4, 2012

A state labor law, which lets expired union contracts continue with pay raises until a new deal is reached, would have cost the district approximately $390000 in 2012-13, including teacher salaries and step increases, said Fox-Alter.more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama immigration crackdown costs state up to $11 bln: study
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, has cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study. The Alabama law, passed in June, requires police to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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VanWeelden takes stand in trial
Journal ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden's insurance plan at Family Medical Insurance covered elective procedures, to which Davidson answered, “yes.” Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden indicated to her why she was leaving Family Medical Center's ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Teamsters file unfair labor practice charge against State of Montana
KXLF Butte NewsFebruary 9, 2012

HELENA - The Teamsters Union 2 is filing an unfair labor practice charge against the State of Montana. The union is made up of about 330 state snow plow and truck drivers. Union Secretary Dan Doogan says MT Department of Transportation (MDT) management ...more »

Federal Personnel
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State bills aim to assist slain officers' families
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 3, 2012

A bill that advanced Thursday would add campus police to the state's list of law enforcement personnel eligible for line-of-duty benefits. The shooting death of Virginia Tech police Officer Deriek Crouse during a traffic stop on the campus Dec.more »

Indiana becomes first Rust-Belt 'right to work' state. Will others follow?
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 1, 2012

The new law takes effect amid a climate of contention around union issues in other Midwestern states – with mixed outcomes. In Wisconsin, a Republican takeover of state government in 2010 led to a new law restricting collective bargaining for most ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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SC mayor wants carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in hotels
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 1, 2012

The hotel, which opened in July 1999, had no carbon monoxide detectors, according to South Charleston Fire Chief Greg Petry. State law requires all homes with gas appliances built after 1998 to have carbon monoxide detectors, but there is no such ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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SCOTT v. HEALTH NET FEDERAL SERVICES, LLC
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

Scott first claims that Health Net acted discriminatorily by wrongfully terminating her and treating her differently on the basis of her race. To establish a prima facie case of wrongful termination under Title VII, Scott was required to establish ...more »

Government Employees
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Illinois: Report targets state workers, retirees
Kankakee Daily JournalFebruary 1, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- State government employees and retirees would get hit in the pocketbook if the General Assembly adopts recommendations from the Chicago-based Civic Federation designed to avoid a financial meltdown. From retirees paying health insurance ...more »

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