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Aide: Arpaio accepts blame for botched sex cases
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By AP Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide said Tuesday that the sheriff accepts responsibility for hundreds of sex-crimes investigations that were inadequately investigated and Arpaio started working to clear up the backlog once the problem ...more »

Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

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Affirmative Action
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“Pass Affirmatiive Action Bill”- Council of State Member
Vibe GhanaFebruary 11, 2012

Naa Seidu Braimah, Member of the Council of State has called for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law after the drafting of the Legislation on it. Naa Braimah, who is also the chief of Guli, in the Wa Municipality, ...more »

Government Employees
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Houses passes bill extending pay freeze one year
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

He then cited the CBO study and said: “Those who work the hardest to pay taxes are the ones bearing the burden of a bloated federal government.” He noted that HR 3835 would fulfill the final year of a three year pay freeze for federal workers called ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Letters: Right-to-work laws offer workers choice
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

It does not ban the unions, nor negate or in any way interfere with collective bargaining rights. It does not reduce negotiated pay or benefits packages. Maybe it's time for a little competition in the union ranks. By withholding their dues, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Norhtboro church presents talk on immigration
Worcester TelegramFebruary 6, 2012

Kevin Appleby, director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will speak about the position of US Catholic bishops on immigration reform, some of the myths that dominate the debate, and how immigration ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Ontario premier feigns support for locked out Electro-Motive workers
World Socialist Web SiteFebruary 2, 2012

Speaking before the London Chamber of Commerce, McGuinty said he does “not look to insinuate myself into” contract disputes. “But this one strikes me as a little bit different.” His staff later told reporters that the Ministry of Labour was “reaching ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily PeekskillFebruary 22, 2012

... the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education scheduled a board meeting to take place on Thursday at 6:30 pm to "discuss matters of the employment history of a particular person and / or matters leading to the promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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CNN sued over lack of closed captioning on website
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 4, 2012

The suit accuses CNN and its owner, Time Warner, of violating state disability laws by denying full online access to more than 100000 Californians who are functionally deaf. CNN provides closed captions on television, as required by federal law, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Advocates Lay Out Case for Obama Contractor Executive Order in Memo to Rep ...
Metro WeeklyFebruary 5, 2012

In mid-January, the House's longtime lead sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) received a lengthy memo from leading LGBT advocates and researchers laying out the case for why President Obama should take action ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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A Valentine's Day Bouquet Of Sexual Harassment Cases
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Of course, if you're a lawyer, you see the worst of humanity and never get to hear about true, faithful, honorable, self-sacrificial love -- sexual harassment is as close to "love" as we ever get. (See, you thought lawyers were just jerks - now you ...more »

Employment Contracts
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RBS fights Libor dismissal claim by trader
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

It also denies that Mr Tan's suspension from duties amounted to a breach of his employment contract, and says it was entitled to summarily dismiss him. RBS declined to comment on the case or on the further claims made in Mr Tan's reply on Friday.more »

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

By Verna Gates | BIRMINGHAM, Ala (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, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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DOL late to issue new FMLA forms: What employers can do
Hr MorningFebruary 2, 2012

The Department of Labor's model Family Medical Leave Act forms have expired. What are you supposed to do before new ones are issued? The feds have said employers can continue to use the expired forms until new one are issued. Employers are allowed to ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Are Chinese Workers Really Defenseless?
EBNFebruary 6, 2012

... more -- often at great risk to themselves and against the wishes of Communist Party rule-enforcers -- and providing evidence of unfair labor practices to their employers' foreign partners, government officials, and labor/human rights campaigners.more »

Federal Personnel
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Cobbetts joins HR best practice and legal risk team
Manchester Evening NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Its members include Manchester-based employment partner Kevin Jaquiss and Andrew Marston, former director of personnel at Greater Manchester Police, and Su Makin, former national head of HR at Cobbetts. Su said: “OneKnowledge is a unique service that ...more »

Right-to-Work Laws Waste Time for Politicians and Unions: View
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

2 (Bloomberg) -- For the first time, supporters of right-to-work laws can claim victory in the industrialized Midwest. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels yesterday signed legislation making it illegal to require nonunion workers to pay union dues.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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New Fire Trucks Don't Fit in Old Firehouses
NBC4 WashingtonFebruary 3, 2012

Lately, though, it's the ability to put out fires. The problem is, federal environmental regulations passed in 2010 require certain bells and whistles—no, not literally—on the sides of fire engines, which makes them just barely able to fit through ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Family sues Eastern Associated Coal for wrongful termination
West Virginia RecordFebruary 8, 2012

MORGANTOWN -- A man and his family are suing Eastern Associated Coal after he was wrongfully terminated from his employment. Patriot Coal Corporation, Joseph B. "Blair" McGill and John Doe(s) were also named as defendants in the suit.more »

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