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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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(VIDEO) Houston Immigration Summit: The Cost Savings of Implementing ...
Texas GOP VoteFebruary 10, 2012

By Texas GOP Vote On January 10th, a summit called the Immigration Summit: The Cost of Savings of Implementing Immigration Reform was hosted at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The Immigration Summit was sponsored by AJC (American Jewish Committee) ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Recall Challenge Deadline Looms For Wisconsin Senators
WMTVFebruary 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 »

Labor Disputes
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All five Typhoon! restaurant locations permanently closed Saturday night
OregonLive.comFebruary 6, 2012

Typhoon moved to dismiss the suit, pointing to a clause in its employment contract requiring disputes to be arbitrated. A federal judge rejected the clause, but the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision.more »

Rrb Disability
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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Ontario legislation ...
CanadaOneFebruary 1, 2012

By Marilyn Goneau Farago In 2005 the Ontario government set out to ensure that accessibility was a legal right of all citizens when it passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), legislation that empowered the government to ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Retaliation Leads the Way in Workplace Discrimination
HR.BLR.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan S. Farrell, JD, BLR Legal Editor Laws prohibiting retaliation as a form of workplace discrimination have expanded rapidly in the past few years. New state and local fair employment laws have been enacted with provisions prohibiting retaliation, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Labour welfare boss sacked for sexual harassment
Times of IndiaFebruary 2, 2012

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has dismissed labour welfare commissioner Mohan Dhotre, a Class I officer, on charges of sexual harassment. In 2003, a female lower division clerk (whose identify cannot be revealed) had alleged that Dhotre was ...more »

Employment Contracts
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RPT-Singapore PMI contracts for 7th straight month in Jan
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

The dip in the overall PMI was due to declines in new orders, new export orders, inventory, input prices and employment. There were, however, increases in production and the stock of finished goods. - For more PMI reports from around the world, ...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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The White House Report: An Economy Built to Last and Security for Asian ...
Hawaii ReporterFebruary 14, 2012

Help States Provide Paid Family Leave to Workers. Too many families must make the painful choice between the care of their families and a paycheck they desperately need. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows workers to take job-protected unpaid time ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB fights for Flatbush Gardens workers over 2010 lockout
Amsterdam NewsFebruary 3, 2012

With the NLRB's help, the union filed unfair labor practice charges on Renaissance, claiming that the lockout was unlawful and Renaissance negotiated in bad faith. Last spring, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams joined Flatbush Gardens ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Whistleblowers accuse FDA of spying, persecution
Chemistry WorldFebruary 3, 2012

... over areas like civil liberties and constitutional law - has asked FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg to provide details about who authorised the monitoring of employees and why some of the plaintiffs are no longer employed by the agency.more »

ESCONDIDO: City wants labor union removed from voting-rights lawsuit
North County TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Attorneys for Escondido have filed a motion seeking to remove a construction labor union as a plaintiff in a voting-rights lawsuit that says city elections discriminate against Latinos. The motion doesn't challenge the main thrust of the case ---- that ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Third fire set while officers still in area
Clanton AdvertiserFebruary 9, 2012

By Stephen Dawkins Published 3:23pm Thursday, February 9, 2012 A man charged with arson this week allegedly set the third of the fires while law enforcement officials were still in the vicinity. Sheriff Kevin Davis said Richard Hand, 51, a resident of ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Missouri Democrats Vow to Oppose Discrimination Bill
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

A measure pending in the Senate would require workers who bring wrongful termination lawsuits to prove discrimination was a “motivating factor” — not simply a contributing — in the employer's action. The legislation also would apply to other wrongful ...more »

Government Employees
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On The Money: Calif. Public Employees Highest Paid Of Any State
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2012

The state could run out of money by March, yet California is truly the Golden State for nearly 2 million government workers. A new survey by the US Census Bureau shows they are the highest paid workers of any state. California has about 1.8 million ...more »

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