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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

'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 »

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Affirmative Action
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Innsbruck scientists show positive effects of affirmative action policies ...
EurekAlert (press release)February 2, 2012

"We set up a simple coordination game, which was about the efficient coordination of actions, for example, mutual information exchange," they explain. In this game it was completely clear to all subjects who participated in which intervention ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Law reform bid to protect migrant women
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 8, 2012

Its final report on family violence and Commonwealth laws, released by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon yesterday, recommends several immigration law reforms to allow migrants on temporary visas to stay and seek help. ■The creation of a new temporary ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert, February 3, 2012
eNews Park ForestFebruary 3, 2012

Do you want to know more about the Affordable Care Act and dispel the myths about it? Want to ask administration officials about strengthening Social Security and Medicare for you, your kids and grandkids? Have other questions for the White House?more »

Labor Disputes
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Rising Health Costs a Root Cause of Labor Strikes, UCLA Expert Says
Capital Public Radio NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Dylan Roby of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says rising health costs are a root cause of many labor disputes these days, even at health care institutions. ROBY: "Health care costs have been going up at about 7-9% per year for a long time ...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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12 Steps To Immigration Compliance In 2012
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 9, 2012

For example, if the employer completed Section 2 of the I-9 later than three business days from the employee's first date of work for pay, the date cannot now be changed to show a timely completion. Ensure immigration policies are in place, up-to-date, ...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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Singapore's manufacturing PMI contracts in January
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

Meanwhile, imports, input prices and employment continued to contract as well. However, the readings were cushioned by continuing expansion in inventory and stockholdings of finished goods. Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Mississippi Company Settles Lawsuit Alleging it Favored Latinos
Fox NewsFebruary 13, 2012

AP Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet A company targeted in one of the country's largest workplace raids against undocumented immigrants settled a discrimination lawsuit accusing it of giving preferential treatment to Latinos.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Man gets $77000 back pay verdict in FMLA case
Gainesville SunFebruary 8, 2012

A Gainesville man won $77000 in back pay Monday after an Alachua County Circuit Court jury decided his employer violated the Family Medical Leave Act for firing him after he was injured off of the job. Devin McGowan was unable to walk after hurting his ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Lights Out on JEA Pay Raise | News
First Coast NewsFebruary 15, 2012

I'm going to be filing an unfair labor practice in the morning," said Rodney Wickham, Union President. Wickham said they're ready to fight for the contract City Council voted down Monday. "This is a business. We're losing employees to other company's ...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 »

Right-to-work issue could become battle in Michigan
Lansing State JournalFebruary 5, 2012

And with Indiana's passage last week of right-to- work legislation, Nelson, a union member, is hearing new calls for a similar law in Michigan - legislation she believes would deal a fatal blow to unions in the state. Right-to-work laws prohibit ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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New fire fees get final OK
Hi-Desert StarFebruary 4, 2012

Despite protest letters, including one from the Homestead Valley Community Council, the state Office of Administrative Law ruled Jan. 23 that the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection's emergency regulation to implement the fees complies with the law.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Experts: Tough road for any Brodkorb lawsuit
CBS NewsFebruary 3, 2012

(AP) MINNEAPOLIS — A former legislative staffer who may sue the state for wrongful dismissal faces significant hurdles to collecting any payout. Michael Brodkorb served as executive assistant to Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.more »

Government Employees
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House Votes to Block Cost-Of-Living Raise for Federal Workers
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

2 (Bloomberg) -- The US House voted to deny a cost- of-living raise to federal government workers for a third straight year while also freezing the pay of members of Congress. The Republican-led chamber's vote was 309-117 yesterday, with 72 Democrats ...more »

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