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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 »

Cleared Broward cigarette smuggling defendant: 'My life has been turned upside ...
Sun-SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

One day after his uncommon victory, Marrero said he believes the US attorney's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to railroad him. "How the government assumed that I was a co-conspirator is beyond me," Marrero, 48, of Davie, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Government Employees
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Arizona bill targets public employee unions
Tucson CitizenFebruary 1, 2012

01, 2012, under Uncategorized Arizona public employee unions would lose collective bargaining power under a sweeping legislative effort by Republican lawmakers to limit the influence of such unions at the state, local and school levels.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Akron police union cited in 'bizarre' complaint
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Rubright contends the union is in violation of Ohio's Collective Bargaining Act. “Both sides have to play by the rules of the Collective Bargaining Act,” she said in a statement. “The FOP is using all means possible to destroy any talk of change in ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Ron Paul on immigration reform: Americans 'overreacted' to 9/11
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. Paul, who has differentiated himself from the rest of the Republican Party on issues related to immigration reform policies, on Wednesday discussed immigration at a Hispanic event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Texas congressman plans several days of ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Next stop privatization?
GlobesFebruary 15, 2012

In the dispute over outsourcing of railcar maintenance, the workers stand to lose all if they won't compromise. No less than six labor disputes have been declared at Israel railways recently, over outsourcing, pay grades, new standards for locomotives, ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily LewisboroFebruary 22, 2012

... the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education scheduled a board meeting to take place on Thursday at 6:30 pm to "discuss matters of the employment history of a particular person and / or matters leading to the promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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ABA calls for better accommodations for disabled LSAT-takers
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 8, 2012

Feb 8 (Reuters) - The American Bar Association has adopted a resolution calling on administrators of the Law School Admissions Test to ensure that test-takers with disabilities receive accommodations such as extra time to take the exam.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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New bill protects against LGBT discrimination
Daily NebraskanFebruary 2, 2012

Councilman Ben Gray of Omaha recently announced plans to make the LGBT community a "protected class" — like race, sex, political affiliation, disability or religion, which legally can't be the basis of employment or housing discrimination.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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DA looks to help firms and others avoid workplace violence
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The goal is to address problems before they fester and turn into threats, harassment, punches — or worse. “Think about your workplace,” Leone said. “What do you see? What do you hear?” The idea of the sessions is to make sure groups have proper ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Sexual misconduct allegations against LAUSD employees soaring
Los Angeles Daily NewsFebruary 17, 2012

AP source: Pot found aboard plane near Marine One By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer Allegations of sexual misconduct against Los Angeles Unified employees have soared since the sex-abuse scandal broke last month at Miramonte Elementary, with complaints ...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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Two Island doctors leave practice for hospital
The Guardian CharlottetownFebruary 3, 2012

Dr. Ed White and Dr. Jan Rogerson left a co-operative family practice at Sherwood Medical Centre in September last year to become staff family doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A hospitalist serves as the family doctor for patients in a hospital ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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APNewsBreak: NJ union, Golden Nugget reach pact
CBS NewsFebruary 6, 2012

The Tropicana standoff appears headed for the National Labor Relations Board, where the union plans to file an unfair labor practices charge. Bob McDevitt, the union's president, predicted last week that the union would prevail in such an event, ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Don't tax tobacco, just raise the legal age for buying it
Baltimore SunFebruary 3, 2012

Your recent editorial claims that "raising tobacco prices has proven to be an effective way to stop people from picking up the habit" ("The 'other' tobacco tax," Jan. 19). However, the surest, most effective path to slashing the number of new smokers ...more »

State House committee passes labor bills limiting strikes, dues collection
The Detroit NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Karen Bouffard Lansing— Unions lashed out Tuesday against a package of bills they say is the latest volley in a war against labor by Republican lawmakers. Legislation passed by a House committee in a room packed with labor supporters would require ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Government backs away from pledge to enshrine 0.7% aid level in law
The GuardianFebruary 2, 2012

The coalition government has come under fire for backing away from its election pledge of passing into law a commitment to give 0.7% of national income in foreign aid. The Conservative party said in its 2010 election manifesto it would enshrine in law...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Judge dismisses Phil Jones lawsuit against UI
Iowa City Press CitizenFebruary 1, 2012

Jones sued Mason, UI, the Board of Regents and The Stolar Partnership, a St. Louis law firm, for defamation, wrongful termination and intentional interference with prospective business advantage after he was fired from the university in 2008 following ...more »

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