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Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Innsbruck scientists show positive effects of affirmative action policies ...
EurekAlert (press release)February 2, 2012

"We set up a simple coordination game, which was about the efficient coordination of actions, for example, mutual information exchange," they explain. In this game it was completely clear to all subjects who participated in which intervention ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Graham: 'I expect' a primary challenge
The StateFebruary 19, 2012

John Kerry, D-Mass., on the dangers of climate change, pitching immigration reform or predicting the demise of the Tea Party. Instead, Graham is struggling to respond to the political force of Republican insurgents who helped elect backbench legislator ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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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 »

Labor Disputes
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City Council OKs fast track on Rockford airport road funds
Rockford Register StarFebruary 7, 2012

Corina Curry covers the city of Rockford, everything from local politics and labor disputes to how your tax dollars are being spent and what your city government is doing to best serve you. 50% Off 90-Minute Reflexology Foot Massage and Soak from ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability Activists Urge Georgia Legislators to "Get it Right" on Assisted ...
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Today, Georgia disability activists, including members of Not Dead Yet, reacted to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned a 1994 law on assisted suicide on First Amendment grounds, calling on the Georgia legislature to tackle the issue as soon as ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Guest column: Court protects religious freedom
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

She and the federal government sued the school, arguing that she had been fired in violation of the American with Disabilities Act, a neutral law of general applicability. The school argued that it had the religious freedom to dismiss her for violating ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Discrimination complaint against county unresolved
Freeport Journal-StandardFebruary 5, 2012

Fortney filed the initial EEOC complaint in November 2010, alleging workplace harassment and racial discrimination. That complaint was resolved in February 2011, when the County Board authorized Blum to sign a settlement agreement.more »

Employment Contracts
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Methuen councilors criticize Martin's 'sweetheart deal'
Eagle TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Martin, 59, of Dracut, is also the only local housing chief in the state with separate employment contracts for his full- and part-time jobs. Martin has directed both the Methuen and Ayer housing authorities for the last 15 years and held two public ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Students to hold prayer vigil to support in-state tuition bills
Florida IndependentFebruary 2, 2012

Anitere Flores today, two days after a Florida Senate committee shot down a bill that would have allowed US-born children of undocumented workers to qualify for in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges. State Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Embattled doctor retires
Lincoln CourierFebruary 15, 2012

“Words will never express the depth of my gratitude for the trust given to me to care for you and your family.” Kottemann, 63, was placed on administrative leave last Sept. 16 by Springfield-based Memorial Health System. Interviewed by a Gate- House ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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CDC must decide course of action
Bennington BannerFebruary 8, 2012

The teachers' union has filed complaints with the Department of Labor about SVSU allegedly withholding pay and with the Labor Relations Board over alleged unfair labor practices. The state Attorney General's office is also looking into allegations that ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Read the furlough settlements between CASE and California
Sacramento Bee (blog)February 3, 2012

One settlement worked out between California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Offices in State Employment and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration ends the furlough litigation. The other is between CASE and the five departments that ...more »

Pension reform may prevent unions from supporting Brown's tax hike
ABC30.comFebruary 4, 2012

SACRAMENTO (KFSN) -- A "double-whammy" for Governor Jerry Brown: The state's labor unions are threatening to withhold support of his tax initiative unless Brown changes his proposal for pension reform. For public-employee unions to turn their back on ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire Safety (Sadly) Proves Its Importance
Fairfield MirrorFebruary 1, 2012

By taking the proper precautions and by following state and University regulations, you and your roommates can vastly decrease the chances that something like this could happen to you. Whether you live in the dorms, suites, townhouses, apartments or at ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

Government Employees
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Lower returns to raise CalSTRS' unfunded liability
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Unlike the larger California Public Employees Retirement System, the teacher pension fund needs legislative approval to get a greater contribution from the state's general fund. of the board's periodic review to estimate how much teachers will pay into ...more »


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