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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Kurtz protests US requirement for free contraceptive coverage in health plans
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has joined a growing national chorus of Catholic leaders in denouncing “alarming” federal requirements that church-affiliated schools and hospitals offer their employees free health insurance coverage for ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New James Madison president sets goals
NECNFebruary 13, 2012

Alger played an instrumental role in two landmark affirmative action court cases at the University of Michigan. In those cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's law school could continue to consider race in its admissions process, ...more »

Government Employees
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Newly-Public Employee Union Sues Nashua Telegraph Over Salary Info
StateImpact New HampshireFebruary 2, 2012

So naturally, the Telegraph filed a Right-to-Know request to get information on salaries for management and other employees who are now, suddenly, public workers. Like many newspapers, the Telegraph periodically publishes the salary information of ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill
ABC7Chicago.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wisconsin last year stripped public sector unions of collective bargaining rights. Despite massive protests outside the Capitol, Wisconsin's GOP-dominated Assembly passed a law backed by Gov. Scott Walker in March that strips nearly all collective ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Higginson: Immigration accord needs concrete action
Arizona RepublicFebruary 4, 2012

4, 2012 12:00 AM Seeking to establish a constructive tone in Arizona's public-policy debate, an important new tool was introduced last week in the effort to advance immigration reform. The Arizona Accord is a clear statement of five guiding principles ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Another labor defeat for businesses
Jakarta PostFebruary 2, 2012

The dispute between the employers and their workers stemmed from Banten's decision to revise the 2012 minimum wage for Tangerang and South Tangerang regencies following a labor uprising. Previously, the province set Rp 1379000 as the minimum wage for ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Hen Hud Board Deliberates Behind Closed Doors
The Daily PeekskillFebruary 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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The 'Thou Shalt Nots' Matter
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

After the establishment and acceptance of the murder of mental patients and disabled, the wholesale slaughter of Jews and others considered unacceptable to German society commenced. Those who support disability rights in America should rise up in ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Missouri senator delays workplace discrimination vote
News-Press NowFebruary 1, 2012

In cases where employers were found to have wrongfully discriminated, the legislation would tie punitive damages to a company's number of employees, with a maximum award of $300000. Political subdivisions, such as city governments, would not be liable ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Stand up to bullies
The News-PressFebruary 12, 2012

Harassment is a problem on social media, in texting and face to face. Witnesses can't be bystanders.- 9:02 pm We were here on the Beach visiting. Just couldn't let Paul Lewis' letter "GOP improvements," Jan.- 8:51 pm You like chocolate.more »

Employment Contracts
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Goal of these articles is to lower tax rate & increase participation
The Laconia Daily SunFebruary 4, 2012

The selectmen claim that this would prevent employment of contracted employees until the town votes. Not true, many towns have no contracts for many employees; indeed, many of Gilford's employees have no employment contracts. The selectmen can chose to ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Pass the ICE Test: Nine I-9 Recordkeeping Tips
Texas LawyerFebruary 2, 2012

The calendar should also include any dates for automatic reverification, such as for people who hold temporary E, H and L visas. The law provides for a 240-day extension of stay- and work-authorization for these visa holders who timely file extensions ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Dr. Phillips Little Leaguer battling cancer to get 'baseball ready'
Orlando SentinelFebruary 13, 2012

He's afraid to die," said Jorden's mother, Joanne Aponte, who is on family and medical leave from Orange County Public Schools. "It's scary because he was in a lot of pain. It's hard for Derrick, too, my older son, to have this go on and see your ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Wash His Mouth Out With Soap!
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 6, 2012

The Board found that the incident occurred in a manager's office and was not overheard by coworkers, that the discussion involved "concerted activity," and that the outburst was provoked to some extent by the employer's unfair labor practice (telling ...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 »

Kaiser: “More than 66% of Our Nurses Put their Patients First and Came to Work...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 1, 2012

Regionwide, more than 66 percent or two-thirds of our nurses put their patients first and came to work this morning, rejecting the call from CNA to deliberately disrupt patient care for the second time in four months. The unions claim that ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Congressman Pascrell's FIRE Act Delivers $265950 To The Nutley Fire Department
ParamusPost.comFebruary 2, 2012

“The FIRE Act was written here in northern New Jersey with the purpose of helping communities like Nutley support their first responders. For too long, the federal government turned a deaf ear to the pressing needs of fire departments. This grant...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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