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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Federal judges troubled, baffled with Texas redistricting
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

Also ruled that the Legislature's maps could not be used without prior approval by Justice Department or US District Court in the District of Columbia under the Voting Rights Act. Texas could still appeal any new maps drawn by the federal courts to the ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 14, 2012

February 13, 2012|Terence Chea, AP Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American ...more »

Government Employees
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SB County social services workers protest wage cuts
Santa Maria TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The walls of Santa Maria's Betteravia Government Center reverberated Tuesday with chants of "show us what democracy looks like," as about 85 demonstrators protested wage cuts for workers in Santa Barbara County's Social Services Department.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Crime and Courts: Anti-Walker sentiment leads to circuit court primary
Capital Times (blog)February 7, 2012

As an assistant Madison city attorney, he drafted a complaint that served as the basis for the Dane County district attorney's legal challenge to the collective bargaining law. In fact, all three candidates, in their own way, actively opposed Walker's ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Migrant group launches 1M signature drive vs. deportations
allvoicesFebruary 10, 2012

By GerryAlbert By Gerry Albert Corpuz MANILA, Philippines - An international alliance of migrants based in the United States launched a signature campaign to effect immigration reforms and stop massive deportations of foreign workers abroad.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 »

Discipline/Suspension
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Hen Hud Board Deliberates Behind Closed Doors
The Daily LarchmontFebruary 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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500 Female Wal-Mart Workers File Sex-Discrimination Claims With EEOC
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

More than 500 former and current female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) employees filed sex-discrimination claims with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, their attorneys said. The filings were made to preserve the women's claims over pay and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Rights group gives ASU 'red light' rating
Watauga DemocratFebruary 3, 2012

“FIRE has a narrow interpretation of an educational institution's responsibility to prevent and address sexual harassment on campus, which is supported by state and federal law” and the US Department of Education, she added. Katy Parker, legal director ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Warnings a fallback if schools can't fire
Columbus DispatchFebruary 12, 2012

Large, urban school districts think federal turnaround money will help them improve their low-performing schools, according to a report released today. Columbus, CIncinnati and Cleveland are among the big-city districts that were included in a Council ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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House panel backs verification bill on undocumented workers
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

A legislative staff memo said the bill's cost in undeterminable, but contained estimates that there are 30000 to 60000 undocumented workers in Kentucky. The bill now goes to the full House. Reporter Gregory A. Hall can be reached at (502) 582-4087.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Curb FMLA Abuse through Clarification and Authentication
HR.BLR.comFebruary 8, 2012

What are your rights and responsibilities as an employer for contacting the health care provider of an employee who has requested Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? How can the certification/clarification and authentication process help you ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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The Supreme Giveth And The NLRB Taketh Away
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 9, 2012

3, 2012), the NLRB held that the employer committed an unfair labor practice by requiring employees to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement which both: (1) forced employees to submit employment-related disputes to binding arbitration; ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Panel to ignore solicited ratings
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

Parish Council attorney O'Neil Parenton Jr. said he advised the council that the panel doing the vetting, which is the council Personnel Committee, should not use the ratings in its deliberations, though it could still use questionnaires the leaders ...more »

Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana became the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state Wednesday in a move that is sure to embolden advocates seeking to curtail union rights across the country. But whether other states can replicate the conservatives' success ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Plane crash kills rural Ariz. auto dealer and wife, seriously injures son and ...
Washington PostFebruary 5, 2012

The son was pulled from the burning plane by firefighters, while the daughter-in-law was found near the wreckage. Both were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals in critical condition. The single-engine Cessna 206 crashed just before dawn and caught fire...more »

Wrongful Termination
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4 ex-employees suing Cherokee Nation chief for wrongful termination for ...
The RepublicFebruary 8, 2012

Four former employees of the Cherokee Nation are suing the tribe's chief for wrongful termination, alleging they were let go because they supported the chief's political opponent in last year's election. The lawsuit was filed in Cherokee Nation ...more »

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