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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 »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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South Africa's BEE and AA-thoughtless imprudence or responsible necessity?
News24February 11, 2012

Most people will tell you that application of the South African government's policies such as Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action sounds good on paper and was seen as the best step forward, given our history of deep-seated sense of ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Not enough smart Americans? Don't buy it
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 6, 2012

They want to “raise awareness of the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform,” and their website is a masterpiece of deception and misinformation. You don't get to be the 1 percent if you aren't very persuasive telling the story your way.more »

Collective Bargaining
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A London job-killer?
London Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

The law allows workers to receive the benefits of collective bargaining agreements without having to join unions or pay dues. Proponents say it's attractive to businesses because it helps keep wages and benefits from spiralling out of control.more »

Labor Disputes
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Brooklyn Labor Dispute Seen Testing Obama's NLRB Appointments
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

Lawyers for the Flatbush Gardens apartments, including Paul Clement, a solicitor general for President George W. Bush now with the Washington law firm Bancroft PLLC, have asked a court to throw out the NLRB's complaint in the case.more »

Rrb Disability
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Area man speaks out on domestic violence
Aiken StandardFebruary 12, 2012

Les Paul Morgan, a certified peer supporter with Walton Options for Independent Living, has dedicated his life to raising awareness about domestic violence, particularly against males and those with disabilities, to help prevent experiences like the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Worker Sues for Military Service Discrimination; Can a Supervisor Be Held ...
HR.BLR.comFebruary 2, 2012

The court turned to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employment discrimination statute that contains similar language and embodies similar goals./1 It noted that two California Supreme Court cases and one appellate court case have ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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When does puppy love become 'scary' harassment?
Business Management DailyFebruary 1, 2012

by Mindy Chapman, Esq., Mindy Chapman & Associates on February 1, 2012 4:30pm Who hasn't had a workplace crush? Extra moments chatting in the hallway … stolen glances across the conference table … rerouting your walk to the lunchroom.more »

Employment Contracts
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Methuen Housing director top paid in state
Eagle TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Martin is the only local housing chief in Massachusetts with separate employment contracts for his full- and part-time director jobs. The 59-year-old Dracut resident has directed both the Methuen and Ayer housing authorities for the last 15 years.more »

Undocumented Workers
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Kansas Immigration Proposals Spark Cries Of Hypocrisy From Democrats
Huffington PostFebruary 4, 2012

Democrats in Kansas are describing new proposals to recruit undocumented workers for the state's agriculture industry as "hypocrisy" and "profiteering." Their opposition surrounds proposals from the state Department of Agriculture and the state's ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Department of Labor proposes more FMLA leave for military families
Lexology (registration)February 9, 2012

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on January 30, 2012, that would expand certain regulatory provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applicable to employees who have family members serving in the ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Adidas' passing down of accountability
UW Badger HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Adidas' strategy appears to be passing blame for the incident to a little-known international contractor that should be held accountable for unfair labor practices. Adidas is a mammoth-sized corporation with extensive financial resources.more »

Federal Personnel
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Fairhope Personnel Board affirms corrections officer firing recommendation
al.com (blog)February 2, 2012

Such a closure is legal in cases of government employees who are not subject to state ethics disclosure law. Press said outside the hearing room that he would prefer that the hearing be open and wished Fairhope residents could be informed about the ...more »

Indiana poised to enter right-to-work era as unions prep protest amid Super ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers were poised Wednesday to pass legislation that would make Indiana the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state and prohibit labor contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees. Meanwhile, union protesters ...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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White House announces veterans hiring initiatives2:32 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. Joseph Jordan is a former contracting official at the Small Business Administration. Federal pay takes another hit in ...more »

Government Employees
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Unions lambaste pension overhaul plan from Calif. Gov. Brown
Kansas City StarFebruary 3, 2012

The centerpiece of Brown's plan ends traditional pensions for state and local government employees hired July 1, 2013, and later. Employers would be offered "hybrid" plans that combine a smaller guaranteed payout with a more volatile 401(k)-type ...more »

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