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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Appeals court to hear affirmative action challenge
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 13, 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 who make up about half of California high school graduates.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Dems face tricky immigration choice
The HillFebruary 3, 2012

bolstered his standing among Hispanic voters by claiming immigration reform as one of his highest priorities. During his State of the Union address last month, President Obama called for Congress to resurrect the DREAM Act, even though lawmakers say ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Walker's Union Law Saves Wisconsin Money as Teachers Quit School
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Turner said the law's impact varies with the availability of federal stimulus money, student enrollment, the overall financial health of districts and the status of their contracts -- the higher employee contributions don't begin until labor deals ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Banks face possible row with employees
The Daily StarFebruary 6, 2012

The Labor Ministry is empowered by law to intervene in labor disputes through its labor mediation councils. “The association [of banks] took a very surprising decision to suspend their talks with us after more than a year of deliberations and several ...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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Equal employment opportunity 'myths' need debunking
Federal TimesFebruary 5, 2012

5 commentary, "Three myths of the EEO process" by Maxanne R. Witkin, left readers with the impression that workplace discrimination claims made by federal workers are frivolous and do not warrant their agencies' attention. Witkin attempted to clear up ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Company accused of racially hostile workplace offers apology
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 7, 2012

Arguing that “integrity, credibility and reliability define everything we do,” Hussey said, “There is no room in our organization for discriminatory conduct or harassment. The current circumstances will only lead us to redouble our efforts to ensure ...more »

Employment Contracts
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50000 state workers still without a contract
Albany Times UnionFebruary 2, 2012

Thanks to a state law known as the Triborough Amendment, many of the existing conditions in public employee labor contracts remain in place when the old agreement expires. Thus workers can still get the same health insurance and other benefits such as ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Kansas Immigration Proposals Spark Cries Of Hypocrisy From Democrats
Huffington PostFebruary 4, 2012

Democrats in Kansas are describing new proposals to recruit undocumented workers for the state's agriculture industry as "hypocrisy" and "profiteering." Their opposition surrounds proposals from the state Department of Agriculture and the state's ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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President Bill Clinton on women's issues
soFeminine.co.ukFebruary 10, 2012

... abortions. he first major piece of legislation that President Bill Clinton signed into law was the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid work leave to care for a new child or sick family member.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Wash His Mouth Out With Soap!
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 6, 2012

The Board found that the incident occurred in a manager's office and was not overheard by coworkers, that the discussion involved "concerted activity," and that the outburst was provoked to some extent by the employer's unfair labor practice (telling ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Exclusive: Brewer's personnel plan seeks to ease firing, hiring state workers
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 8, 2012

Brewer also wants to repeal the Law Enforcement Merit Council, replacing it with a 5-member Law Enforcement Personnel Board. The major difference is that the new body only exists to hear and review appeals. Most of the current council's duties would be ...more »

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, unions reach tentative deals
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By Suzette Hackney and Steve Neavling Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's administration has reached tentative agreements -- contracts with substantial worker concessions -- with a significant number of the city's 48 labor unions in a down-to-the-wire effort to ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Police & Fire: Thursday, Feb. 2
Juneau EmpireFebruary 2, 2012

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. • At 4:06 pm Tuesday, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former Louisville Police Detective Crystal Marlowe appeals termination decision
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 18, 2012

A Louisville Metro Police detective fired for wrongfully charging several people and repeatedly misusing photographs intended to help witnesses identify suspects has appealed her termination in Jefferson Circuit Court. Crystal Marlowe was fired in ...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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