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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Conservative Alternatives to the DREAM Act: New and Hardly Improved
Huffington Post (blog)February 3, 2012

Opponents to the bill frequently claimed that DREAM Act eligible immigrants, once legalized, would be able to petition on behalf of their undocumented parents, resulting in massive "chain migration." It is true that naturalized citizens can petition ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Harford teachers union, school board reach tentative deal on bonuses
Baltimore SunFebruary 2, 2012

The teachers union's contract is currently the subject of a binding arbitration proceeding filed under a state collective bargaining law affecting teachers. A finding by the arbitration board is expected in the coming weeks.more »

Labor Disputes
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Shipping cranes in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Li Qiaoyi/GT
People's Daily OnlineFebruary 6, 2012

However, facing huge debt, unresolved labor disputes and desperately low customer turn out, it almost went bankrupt. "Seven years ago, we signed a 20-year management agreement with Waha Capital, a local company supposed to be more experienced than us, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability-parking abuse crackdown targets meter cheaters in Loop
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Police on Tuesday launched an unprecedented sweep across the Loop to catch disabled-parking abusers and found that one of every five drivers was breaking the law. The 21 officers checked 54 motorists with disability tags who parked for free in metered ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Walmart Women Still Seek Justice In Sex Discrimination Case
Huffington PostFebruary 4, 2012

Five hundred female employees in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina filed discrimination charges last week with the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that litigates on behalf of workers against their ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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TX Case: Sexual Harassment Perp or Conspiracy Victim?
HR.BLR.comFebruary 2, 2012

A police captain terminated as a result of sexual harassment complaints against him maintained that seven city employees and one non-city employee conspired against him. His attempt to sue the city employees, along with the city itself, was called into ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Gov't re-imposes total ban on OFW deployment to Iraq
Philippine StarFebruary 4, 2012

Late last year, the POEA allowed OFWs working in US military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan to finish their employment contracts and take a vacation back home and return to their jobs. Cacdac said the POEA governing board re-imposed a total ban ...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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Military families seek autism treatment through CMKAA legislation
Washington TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Larson called it immoral to ask so much of our military and leave their families without essential autism care. "We're a better nation than that," he said. Representatives of Autism Speaks were on hand to discuss aspects of the bill and the scientific ...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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Federal Tax Dodgers Owe $3.4 Billion
The Fiscal TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Under federal labor law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee on the basis that their earnings are garnished for any one debt, including owing taxes, except in case of IRS employees who can be terminated for unpaid taxes.more »

Deal Beneficial to Hotel Union Is Seen by Some as Special Case
New York TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Another factor is that health-care costs, the bugaboo of most labor negotiations, was not at issue here. Officials of the hotel union say their costs are held down because they provide care through four clinics that the union and the association ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Legal targets emerging from the I-75 wreckage
OcalaFebruary 1, 2012

Legal experts note that the state legally caps the financial liability of the highway patrol and other state agencies at $200000, unless a law is passed allowing a higher amount. Similarly, any person found to be at fault in starting the fire would ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Defense buoys state campaign of Armed Services chairman's wife2:26 PM ET
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports. Several of Patricia McKeon's contributors are executives at defense firms. Measure introduced by Rep.more »

Government Employees
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Free Rides For Some Government Workers Costing CTA Millions
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2012

Today, the list of government workers who get free rides on the CTA is long and costly for the transit agency. CBS 2's Dorothy Tucker reports how thousands of Chicagoans are riding buses and trains for free, costing the CTA $18 million a year.more »

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