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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Government Employees
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Lower returns to raise CalSTRS' unfunded liability
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 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. Derman said the consultant's report is part of the board's periodic review ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Cities and towns ponder health insurance changes
Enterprise NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By Justin Graeber A new state law offers communities help with rising health care costs, but not every local community is adopting the measure, which can pit officials against unions in a battle for collective bargaining rights.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Kobach pushes immigration reform as protesters gather
Kansas City Business Journal (blog)February 16, 2012

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach warned legislators that the state is in danger of becoming “the number one destination for illegal aliens in the Midwest,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Kobach chastised legislators for failing to adopt ...more »

Labor Disputes
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US House Reauthorizes Bill Underpinning Aviation Industry
NASDAQFebruary 3, 2012

As part of the bill, a years-old labor dispute that had prevented a longer- term extension of the FAA's rule making powers will also be resolved. It requires that at least 50% of workers at airline carriers, logistics companies and railway firms ...more »

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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily CortlandtFebruary 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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Newark special education case illustrates dilemma faced by all people with ...
newjerseynewsroom.comFebruary 1, 2012

Both federal and State law were violated. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Public Law 108-446) and the New Jersey Administrative Code for Special education (NJA,C. 6a:14) require that, within 20 calendars of a parent request for a ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Judge: Firing for lactating not sex discrimination
CBS NewsFebruary 9, 2012

... child has lost a lawsuit accusing her employer of sex discrimination. In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Donnicia Venters, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued that Houston Funding fired her in February 2010 over the lactation issue.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Focus: Workplace Relations
Allens Arthur RobinsonFebruary 6, 2012

However, when the matter remained unresolved after conciliation, she: filed a claim in the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia (the EO Commission) on 19 May 2011, alleging discrimination on the grounds of sex, age and sexual harassment...more »

Employment Contracts
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Jobless rate at three-year low as payrolls surge
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

The gain in employment was the largest since April and it far outstripped the 150000 predicted in a Reuters poll of economists. It hinted at underlying economic strength and lessened chances of further stimulus from the Federal Reserve.more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama immigration crackdown costing state billions: study
Chicago TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, could cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study. The Alabama law, passed in June, requires police to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Military families seek autism treatment through CMKAA legislation
Washington TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Larson called it immoral to ask so much of our military and leave their families without essential autism care. "We're a better nation than that," he said. Representatives of Autism Speaks were on hand to discuss aspects of the bill and the scientific ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Unfair Labor Complaint Seeks to Halt Pension Reform Vote
Patch.comFebruary 13, 2012

A state board on Monday ruled that a pension reform measure slated for the San Diego's June election is an unfair labor practice. The California Public Employee Relations Board ruled Monday that a pension reform initiative set for the June ballot in ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Judge Francis M. Arnold
Baltimore SunFebruary 3, 2012

"I'm so sad. It's a great personal loss for me. We were like a father and daughter. He had been my mentor and teacher. I practiced law before him, and he was so proud when I became an administrative judge back in 1989," said Judge Gelfman.more »

Right-to-work battle felt beyond state
Washington TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Activists and Republican lawmakers in Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota have floated plans to adopt right-to-work statutes. Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, whose pitched battles with public-sector unions have left him battling to keep his job in a recall ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Tire dump deemed fire risk, mosquito haven
The TennesseanFebruary 8, 2012

Almost immediately, the property was out of compliance with the city fire code. The case ended up in court, and Brown was given 30 days to fix the issues. After the court found he had taken no effort to follow the order, Brown was found in contempt and ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Baldwin power plant worker claims wrongful termination in suit against Brand ...
Madison County RecordFebruary 1, 2012

Determan accuses Brand Energy Services of wrongful termination and violation of Illinois' Workers' Compensation Act. He asks for more than $100000 in damages for loss of income and court costs.more »


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