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'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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US affirmative action ban challenged
News24February 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Government Employees
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Highest paid government employees work in California
News10.netFebruary 1, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - California has about 1.8 million state and local government employees, which is more than any other state. According to the US Census Bureau, paychecks they are also the highest paid compared to other states.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Brockton City Council rejects state health insurance law
Enterprise NewsFebruary 14, 2012

By Alex Bloom City councilors needed less than 10 minutes to reject a state law that would have given them added leverage over unions in negotiating cuts to health care. Citing the importance of preserving collective bargaining, the 11 councilors voted ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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New Report from FAIR Finds Illegal Aliens are Leaving Arizona in Response to ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

... a drop in the number of families living in poverty, and a decline in the violent crime rate. The data analyzed in Recent Demographic Change in Arizona provides strong evidence that illegal immigration is a highly controllable phenomenon.more »

Labor Disputes
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Congress closes in on 4-year aviation funding deal
Washington TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Since 2007, Congress has passed 23 temporary funding extensions to keep the FAA running as disputes over spending, labor rules, safety issues and cross-country airline routes have held up a long-term deal. The debate got so heated last summer that ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily CortlandtFebruary 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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Guest column: Court protects religious freedom
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

She and the federal government sued the school, arguing that she had been fired in violation of the American with Disabilities Act, a neutral law of general applicability. The school argued that it had the religious freedom to dismiss her for violating ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Firm discriminated against gay lawyer with 'batty boy' friend
PinkNews.co.ukFebruary 3, 2012

The Employment Appeal Tribunal agreed with the original ruling that the content of the memo was “a professional slur of the utmost gravity”. The law firm had claimed the note, written in 2008, was a “personal aide-memoire”, not intended to be kept or ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Comments on Workplace Gender ...
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

New York civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm represent victims of workplace gender discrimination in New York, as well as individuals who have experienced retaliation after reporting harassment in the workplace.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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Assemblyman Manuel Pérez proposes a new guest-worker program
The Desert SunFebruary 4, 2012

AB 1544 would allow undocumented farm and service-sector workers in California to lawfully stay if they meet certain criteria. / Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun Thousands of undocumented immigrants who crossed the border illegally to pick crops in ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Pregnant? Please Leave, Conn. Woman's Employer Said
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Zvovushe, 31, said because she had worked at the company for four months her employer said she was not protected under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, which says employees must be on the job for at least a year to be eligible for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Committee moves Wise bill that would exempt teacher groups from union rules
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 21, 2012

“We don't want to represent them at the collective bargaining table,” said Bob Boyd, the group's director. “Everything has worked fine … until, I guess, PEN grew too large.” In their ruling, commissioners highlighted that PEN offers legal counsel on ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Gilford selectmen all thumbs down on petitioned warrant articles
The Laconia Daily SunFebruary 2, 2012

By Gail Ober GILFORD — In addition to the warrant articles requested by outside agencies for funding requests, selectmen on Tuesday also reviewed five warrant articles submitted by petition that propose various spending and personnel policy changes.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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One dead as Senegal police fire tear gas at protesters
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

Mr Wade argues that the law is not retroactive, and since he was already in office when it took effect, it should not apply to him. Clouds of tear gas hung over the Colobane, Fass and HLM neighborhoods of the capital. Burning tires could be seen at ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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