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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Dassault Aviation bags $11-billion order to supply fighter jets to the Indian ...
Economic TimesFebruary 1, 2012

NEW DELHI: French defence supplier Dassault Aviation, whose Mirage 2000 fighters played a vital role for India during the Kargil conflict in 1999, has emerged as the lowest bidder for the $11-billion ( 55000 crore) contract to supply 126 fighter jets ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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MINDSCAPES: No A+ for Affirmative Action
my.hsj.orgFebruary 14, 2012

Affirmative Action has certainly outlived its usefulness. Affirmative Action was put into effect in the late 1960's and has become a controversial issue since. Affirmative Action can be applied anywhere where equal opportunity is sought, however, ...more »

Government Employees
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Bengal wants to drop 'right to strike' clause of govt staff
Indian ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Bose on Tuesday ruffled the feathers of trade unions when he told mediapersons that the government is planning to withdraw a clause in the Service Rule that gave full trade union rights to state government employees...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Indiana becomes first Rust-Belt 'right to work' state. Will others follow?
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 1, 2012

The new law takes effect amid a climate of contention around union issues in other Midwestern states – with mixed outcomes. In Wisconsin, a Republican takeover of state government in 2010 led to a new law restricting collective bargaining for most ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.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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Accessibility group forms in Burlington; Queen City to focus on access
vtdigger.orgFebruary 15, 2012

Sarah Launderville, VCIL's executive director, said, “Twenty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act, VCIL still receives calls from upset Vermonters and disappointed vacationers who cannot access local businesses.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Report: Air Marshal Service discrimination not widespread
CNNFebruary 3, 2012

However, the 118-page study, triggered by CNN's coverage in 2010, did conclude that "employees' perceptions of discrimination and retaliation are extensive, and we heard too many negative and conflicting accounts of events to dismiss them.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Common courtesy improves workplace
Calgary HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

At its worst, uncivil behaviour can escalate from rude treatment of others to bullying, harassment and even violence. Everyone suffers when incivility occurs at work. Workers complain of increased stress, anxiety and depression, while organizations ...more »

Employment Contracts
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On Valentine's Day, Cupid Will Be Circling the Workplace-What Can Employers Do ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

While this is probably not what Stevie Wonder was referring to in the lyrics of his 1966 hit song “Contract on Love,” in the employment law world, it takes on a whole new meaning. A “love contract” is a document signed by two employees who are in a ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Appealing to the Right on Anti-Immigration May Not Produce Victory
Huffington Post (blog)February 7, 2012

Alabama's law has in fact resulted in self-deportation, and at a significant cost to the state. The agricultural industry has taken a hit, because migrant workers have fled the state and farmers cannot find US workers to replace them.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Amy Zvovushe, Pregnant Woman, Asked To Resign Instead Of Take Maternity Leave
Huffington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The company didn't offer her maternity leave because she had only worked there for four months, and the federal Family Medical Leave Act says employees must work for a full year to be eligible. After she got this news, Zvovushe had a later conversation ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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EGT, union make deal
Capital Press (subscription)February 2, 2012

The provision is a way to avoid violating federal labor law, which prohibits a company from designating a union before it hires a workforce. * Both EGT and the union will drop unfair labor practice claims and other litigation.more »

Federal Personnel
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Police Back Cuomo's Plan to Expand DNA Bank
Patch.comFebruary 5, 2012

Suffolk County law enforcement officials – including District Attorney Thomas J. Spota – recently joined with New York's Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Elizabeth Glazer to show support for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to expand the state's ...more »

Stop the attacks on public workers: Labor demonstration on Friday
Tucson CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

Labor union members and Jobs with Justice labor supporters will be demonstrating downtown today against the anti-union legislation currently sailing through the Arizona Legislature. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC, a corporatist group ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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SC mayor wants carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in hotels
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 1, 2012

The hotel, which opened in July 1999, had no carbon monoxide detectors, according to South Charleston Fire Chief Greg Petry. State law requires all homes with gas appliances built after 1998 to have carbon monoxide detectors, but there is no such ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Texas Supreme Court denies Mike Leach
FOXSports.comFebruary 17, 2012

Leach's attorney vowed to keep fighting after the Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected the former coach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech. The court issued its decision without comment more than two years after he was ...more »

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