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When entitlement to leave lapses under EU law – a neverending story?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Under German law, the statutory minimum entitlement to leave is four weeks per year. However, six weeks' paid annual leave is often agreed under collective bargaining agreements or in employment contracts. For example, if an employee is unable to work ...more »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Affirmative Action
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

Government Employees
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Government Union Head Envies Private Sector's On-Site Spas
National Review Online (blog)February 3, 2012

By Jim Geraghty Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150000 workers in 31 government agencies, takes to the editorial page of the Washington Post today to argue: The federal pay system aims to find a ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Wis. appeals court vacates ruling on how state elections board must review ...
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

Scott Walker, who is being targeted in part for pushing last year's law ending nearly all collective-bargaining rights for most public workers. United Wisconsin, the coalition that spearheaded the recall effort along with the Democratic Party, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Manitoba becoming a destination for immigrants, census figures reveal
Globe and MailFebruary 6, 2012

Over the past ten years, Manitoba has more than tripled its share of national immigration and in the process become a model for immigration reform. With roughly 3 per cent of Canada's population, Manitoba now attracts nearly 6 per cent of its ...more »

Labor Disputes
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13 WTHR IndianapolisUndercover video, internal docs expose worker concerns at ...
WTHRFebruary 1, 2012

"When there is a disagreement, the Department of Labor offers a wage dispute resolution process," he explained. "Our focus is making sure workers get paid for the hours they work. It's no cost … and if they need to file a wage claim, it's pretty easy ...more »

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Hen Hud Board Deliberates Behind Closed Doors
The Daily OssiningFebruary 24, 2012

An agenda for the special meeting, sent out Tuesday afternoon to members of the press, said the meeting would regard a specific person or “matters leading to the promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person.more »

Rrb Disability
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Disabled students want LI to enforce Disability ACT
Vibe GhanaFebruary 5, 2012

Disabled students of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), have appealed to Government to put in place a Legislative Instrument to enforce the National Disability ACT (ACT 715) of 2006 to enable them access free education. Mr. Mark Akubire Attia, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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The Hidden Costs of Harassment
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Stephen M. Paskoff When a high-profile harassment case disrupts the workplace it often leads managers and executives to revisit their personnel management standards and practices to ensure they have a good defense against litigation.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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NOT Harry and Louise
mediabistro.comFebruary 2, 2012

It's probably best to let your superiors know so that he doesn't continue to harass employees in the workplace. If this ends up in court, the last thing you need is to have known about it and not said anything. It might not be the most moral of advice, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Falsified labor deals rampant at Japan's nuke plants, says suspect
Mainichi Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

A power plant construction and maintenance firm has falsified worker contracts for temporary labor at nuclear plants across Japan for years, according to statements by one of the company's employees charged with involvement in the fraudulent agreements...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobs
CNNFebruary 3, 2012

The Kansas Business, Workers, Communities Partnership Act would create a state program that matches two groups -- local undocumented immigrants who are low-priority for deportation per federal directives, and employers who have trouble finding and ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Extending leave
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Jackson furlough flap settled
Tri-Town NewsFebruary 1, 2012

BY ANDREW MARTINS A potential unfair labor practice ruling that threatened to put the Jackson municipal budget in jeopardy has been avoided through a settlement with two local unions, officials announced during the Jan. 24 Jackson Township Council ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Hospitals give crime lab $10K to fight 'bath salts'
Middletown JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Staff photo by Ty Greenlees A $10000 grant from a Dayton-area hospital association will help medical and law enforcement personnel identify the ever-changing ingredients in deadly designer drugs such as “bath salts.” The Greater Dayton Area Hospital ...more »

Threshold may paralyze number of trade unions
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)February 1, 2012

DHA photo A draft law that regulates the threshold for trade unions in any sector to qualify for collective bargaining was submitted on the evening of Jan. 31 to the Turkish parliamentary commission, which would cause many unions to lose their rights ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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GLAAD: jcpenney stands with Ellen DeGeneres, wont fire her as spokesperson (blog)February 3, 2012

... after “ – a project of the American Family Association” – which is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – demanded that JC Penney fire Ellen DeGeneres because she is gay earlier this week.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Momentum builds to require feds to disclose stock trades5:01 PM ET
GovExec.comFebruary 3, 2012

The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports. Bill is aimed at fighting unjustified insourcing in federal procurement. Federal pay takes another hit in legislation ...more »


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