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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 »

Slavery Museum accountant: no fund discrepancy
MyrtleBeachOnline.comFebruary 1, 2012

The accountant, William Allan Jones, filed in US Bankruptcy Court copies of 22 canceled checks to architects and contractors to support his finding that all the funds were accounted for, contrary to a claim by the city of Fredericksburg.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

Government Employees
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State's public-employee pay ranks high
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

California state and local government employees remain among the highest-paid in the nation, according to revised 2010 data released this week by the US Census Bureau. Full-time monthly pay for March 2010 in the District of Columbia averaged $5900, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Akron police union cited in 'bizarre' complaint
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Rubright contends the union is in violation of Ohio's Collective Bargaining Act. “Both sides have to play by the rules of the Collective Bargaining Act,” she said in a statement. “The FOP is using all means possible to destroy any talk of change in ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Democratic partisans denounce job-creating Alabama immigration reform
Daily CallerFebruary 7, 2012

(AP Photo/David Goldman, File) Left-wing groups are trying to intimidate companies into joining them in lobbying against the state's successful and popular immigration reform law, which has already prompted a large number of illegal immigrants to flee ...more »

Labor Disputes
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NLRB crucial to protecting workers, employers
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The reason, he explained, was that the parties reached their own resolution of the dispute. He pointed out that the purpose of the board, and of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), “is to foster collective bargaining and productive ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily LewisboroFebruary 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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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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From the Experts: Wage and Hour Issues, Under the Covers
Corporate CounselFebruary 3, 2012

These violations would not require plaintiffs to prove intent—always a tough battle in a discrimination case. No, in a wage and hour case, the burden of proof would be on the employer. In years past, employment attorneys focused on discrimination and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Seminar on protection against harassment of women
Pakistan ObserverFebruary 2, 2012

Islamabad—Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) held a Seminar on “Protection against Harassment of Women at the workplace act 2010” while Celebrating 16 Days of Activism here on Wednesday. Celebrated every year and aims to raise awareness ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Mashingaidze speaks on suspended players club contracts
NewsDayFebruary 1, 2012

We wont interfere with their contracts of employment. They have not been convicted and we are doing this as a national association because of the damage that has been done to us. Clubs reserve the right to deal with their players in the way they see ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Recovering damages for undocumented workers
Wisconsin Law JournalFebruary 7, 2012

As the number of undocumented workers rises, personal injury attorneys are increasingly struggling with how to handle illegal immigrants as clients. In January 2010, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that 10.8 million undocumented ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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HERNANDEZ v. MW MANUFACTURERS, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

On March 20, 2008, she filed a verified complaint with the Division alleging that MW discriminated against her based on her disability in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), specifically, NJSA 10:5-4, -4.1, when it denied ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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State board will sue to block 401k initiative
U-T San DiegoFebruary 13, 2012

She said the board would “immediately initiate an action for appropriate injunctive and writ relief” in court and expedite its own administrative hearings on the unfair labor practice charge. DeMaio criticized the decision as coming from a board that ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Protesters rally behind Desert Hot Springs officer
The Desert SunFebruary 4, 2012

“The City is prohibited by state law from disclosing personnel matters involving peace officers. Additionally, the City has established policies and procedures consistent with law, that govern its response to allegations such as those mentioned above.more »

'Right to work' push has unions stewing and a fight brewing
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 2, 2012

Several legislatures have seen pushes to enact labor legislation that would ban labor contracts requiring all workers to pay union fees. Republicans pulled Minnesota into an explosive issue Thursday by introducing legislation to make union membership ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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One dead as Senegal police fire tear gas at protesters
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

Mr Wade argues that the law is not retroactive, and since he was already in office when it took effect, it should not apply to him. Clouds of tear gas hung over the Colobane, Fass and HLM neighborhoods of the capital. Burning tires could be seen at ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Mike Leach loses appeal in suit vs Texas Tech
STLtoday.comFebruary 17, 2012

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied Mike Leach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech. The court rejected Leach's appeal without comment more than two years after he was fired by the university amid allegations that he ...more »

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