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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Student coalition, chancellor urge overturn of Prop. 209
UC BerkeleyFebruary 13, 2012

By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | February 13, 2012 A multicultural student coalition that includes students from UC Berkeley is calling for the repeal of Proposition 209, which outlawed affirmative action programs in the state's public agencies.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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ICE names a public advocate: Is it PR or real reform?
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 8, 2012

Immigration officials vowed in 2010 to usher in reforms to the detention system after reports of abuse and deaths surfaced. Since then, ICE has adopted some changes, improving medical care and creating a hot-line that detainees -- including those who ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Public workers question need for 'union-busting' bill
Ahwatukee Foothills NewsFebruary 8, 2012

Arizona groups that represent public employees say there's no reason for state lawmakers to be attacking collective bargaining in a state where it's voluntary and what negotiations do take place are nonbinding in a court of law.more »

Labor Disputes
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Brooklyn Labor Dispute Seen Testing Obama's NLRB Appointments
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

A dispute over working conditions at a Brooklyn apartment complex may be a test case for whether President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are legal. Lawyers for the Flatbush Gardens apartments, including Paul Clement, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Should pregnancy be considered a disability?
CBS MoneywatchFebruary 1, 2012

(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY Because pregnancy is a temporary condition, it hasn't been covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the past. Recent expansions of the law have allowed for coverage under temporary conditions.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Cole Muffler owner accused of bias
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Emma Sapong The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued the company that owns Cole Muffler for refusing to hire women, even when, according to the EEOC, the women were more qualified than male applicants. The EEOC filed the suit Tuesday ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Bullying at work: How to maintain a positive climate in a company
HRZone.co.uk (blog)February 6, 2012

Workplace bullying can, of course, take many forms, and may include instances of racial and/or sexual harassment. On the whole, however, bullying in workplaces can be viewed as the abuse of power. Bullying at work is, therefore, the repeated health or ...more »

Employment Contracts
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It's Valentine's Day – Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?
JD Supra (press release)February 14, 2012

(Romance in the Workplace: You, Me and our Employer? by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC) 4. Want to let your employees decide for themselves? Enter the “Love Contract”… “[T]he purpose of a love contract was to confirm that the relationship was consensual, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama immigration crackdown costing state billions: study
Chicago TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, could cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study. The Alabama law, passed in June, requires police ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Today's Lady News: Pregnant Woman Asked To Resign
The FriskyFebruary 9, 2012

23 and was soon told she would have to resign, as she had not been with the company for 12 months, after which she would be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. This is completely ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Arbitration Class Waivers: Another Victim of the NLRB
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

If you force employees to sign an arbitration policy that has a class waiver, the NLRB will haul you in for an unfair labor practice. The NLRB's ruling applies to you so long as you're covered by the NLRA—even if you're union free.more »

Federal Personnel
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Marshfield's union employees get raises
Wausau Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

There are 72 city employees represented by a union and 119 nonrepresented employees. As part of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, enacted March 11, 2011, state laws changed regarding unions that represent public employees.more »

Labor unions advise Pa. lawmakers on ways to save $2 billion
Newsworks.org (blog)February 2, 2012

By Mary Wilson A coalition of public labor unions is suggesting a number of reforms to help Pennsylvania save more than $2 billion and avoid more cuts this year to education and unspecified "vital services." It's a list several pages thick -- ideas for ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Catholic Church's opposition to contraception turns health care law into ...
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

But speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes certain obligations on government, I think the Church's leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fortuna rejects former employee's wrongful termination claim; Cheryl Nicholson ...
Times-StandardFebruary 22, 2012

The Fortuna City Council on Tuesday unanimously rejected a wrongful termination claim from its former assistant city manager as part of its consent agenda, which is routine for government agencies. Cheryl Nicholson, who had worked with the city for 15 ...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 »

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