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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 »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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The dream is alive in Muncie
Muncie Free PressFebruary 12, 2012

By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Despite debates and lawsuits, affirmative action is still needed to ensure fairness and equality in hiring, wrote Fabian House, a Muncie Central High School senior. "Barack Obama taking the oath of office made history," said ...more »

Government Employees
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Proposal Would Limit Bargaining with Public School Employees
Utah PulseFebruary 1, 2012

Keith Grover, R-Provo, an Alpine School District administrator, introduced HB106, a bill that would stop state and local governments, including school districts, from bargaining with public employees on any issue other than for wages and health care.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Cities and towns ponder health insurance changes
Enterprise NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By Justin Graeber A new state law offers communities help with rising health care costs, but not every local community is adopting the measure, which can pit officials against unions in a battle for collective bargaining rights.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Cardinal urges Catholic college leaders to embrace immigration reform
Catholic News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles and longtime advocate of comprehensive immigration reform, is frustrated with the lack of action from Congress on the issue and hopes that today's young ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Labor being led to the abyss
The Canberra TimesFebruary 6, 2012

The last three Essential Report polls before Rudd was knifed showed Labor leading by 52-48 (June 20), 51-49 (June 13), and 52-48 (June 6). Despite disputes over school halls and ceiling insulation, the ALP remained plainly ahead under Rudd's leadership ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily HastingsFebruary 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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Disabled vet in same-sex marriage sues over denial of full benefits
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by Tracey Cooper-Harris seeks a federal court ruling that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it discriminates against gays, lesbians and legally married same-sex couples.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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FULLER v. PANETTA
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Common courtesy improves workplace
Calgary HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

At its worst, uncivil behaviour can escalate from rude treatment of others to bullying, harassment and even violence. Everyone suffers when incivility occurs at work. Workers complain of increased stress, anxiety and depression, while organizations ...more »

Employment Contracts
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When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Commentary: Big business courts undocumented workers for a reason
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 2, 2012

That's how many Americans feel about the undocumented. The case of Martinez illustrates why immigration flows continue, despite all the people angry at law-breaking immigrants who don't "play by the rules." Big business is getting paid off the backs of ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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HERNANDEZ v. MW MANUFACTURERS, INC.
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 »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Adidas' passing down of accountability
UW Badger HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Adidas' strategy appears to be passing blame for the incident to a little-known international contractor that should be held accountable for unfair labor practices. Adidas is a mammoth-sized corporation with extensive financial resources.more »

Federal Personnel
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Our Opinion: State's eavesdrop law should be changed
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

A bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly would allow citizens to make audio recordings of law enforcement personnel in public without first obtaining permission. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, says her bill amounts to ...more »

AMR Poised to Start Labor Talks With 10000 Job Cuts Possible
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

s American Airlines is preparing to offer union employees contracts today that probably will eliminate more than 10 percent of jobs and freeze pensions as the third-largest US carrier pares spending in bankruptcy. As many as 15000 jobs may be cut, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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NRC denies most exemptions sought for NY reactors
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Where exemptions were granted, they allow Indian Point, which is 35 miles north of Manhattan in Buchanan, to substitute manual actions by operators for automatic fire protection features that are required by NRC regulations. NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Lawmaker pushes to boost contractor work11:50 AM ET
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

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