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The US Treasury is Aiming to Lower the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Ideal Tax Solution is amongst these companies broadening their horizons to assists all Americans tax problems. The US Treasury discussed a few months ago, possibly working with the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) to lower the standards on it ...more »

Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Kilombero valley eviction directive 'doomed to fail'
The Citizen DailyFebruary 5, 2012

The Vice-President's directive on eviction of Kilombero valley pastoralists is a non-starter because it is not backed by affirmative action by the government to institute land use plans for pastoralists to live in the earmarked regions of Lindi and ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Children at the Heart of Illegal Immigration Debate
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

COMMENTARY | It's easy for me to take a hardline stance on illegal immigration when I only think about the numbers. According to a video produced by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs the United States an ...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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Qantas and industrial conditions in the air
On Line opinionFebruary 6, 2012

While ships lie in harbour, in ports of countries having good industrial conditions, health and safety regulations, and liveable wage requirements, are crew denied recourse to or protection of the port-country's laws? Not so.more »

Rrb Disability
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Families file federal suit against Appleton school district over student abuse
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 5, 2012

Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick, managing attorney for Disability Rights Wisconsin, said settlement negotiations continue. Neither Berglund nor Waters could be reached for comment on Saturday. Allinger said the school district "will work with our attorney ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Menard to pay $1 million to settle discrimination claim
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 7, 2012

The settlement, which has received preliminary approval from an arbitrator in Chicago, stems from allegations made in 2004 by three black former employees that the Eau Claire-based home improvement chain had passed them over for promotions because of ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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US Justice Department files discrimination suit against Lee County on behalf ...
The RepublicFebruary 6, 2012

"No one should have to endure harassment because of his or her race or national origin in the workplace," said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in an emailed news release. The workers reported the ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Local unions won't recertify
Beloit Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

WERC chairman Jim Scott said after Monday's deadline, unions out of contract and not seeking recertification "as a matter of law ... no longer represent the employees involved." What impact that will have on contractual talks between cities and city ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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STUDY: Businesses Who Employ Undocumented Workers Do Better
Business InsiderFebruary 14, 2012

Employers suffer a distinct economic disadvantage if they choose not to employ undocumented workers, especially when their competitors continue to do so, according to researchers at the Atlanta Federal Reserve. Examining a sample of Georgia-based firms ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Proposed Revisions to FMLA Regulations Issued
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed Regulations to implement the 2009 statutory amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since Congress amended the FMLA in January 2008 and the DOL issued a comprehensive set of revised ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Washington governor brokered end to dispute on the docks
People's WorldFebruary 10, 2012

Chris Gregoire, D-Wash., announced she had brokered a deal between the two parties that settled pending legal issues, unfair labor practice charges, and fines. Her announcement came a few hours before an administrative law judge was set to open ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Cuomo appointee to police Cuomo administration
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Fiore has cited a provision of executive law that allows the powerful ethics board to act in unannounced, closed-door meetings and deny release of public records under the state Freedom of Information Law. —Copyright 2012 Associated Press This copy is ...more »

Tentative deal with unions may not be enough to stop state takeover of Detroit
Detroit Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

By Steve Neavling and Suzette Hackney Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and union leaders expressed confidence Thursday that the three-year tentative labor contract reached late Wednesday with more than half the city's unions would ward off insolvency and a ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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S. Jamaica grandmother dies in fire
TimesLedgerFebruary 2, 2012

Andre Perry walks out of the home where his mother-in-law Ida Elaine Spencer died in a fire the night before. Photo by Christina Santucci By Rebecca Henely and Christina Santucci Charred debris is strewn across the home's front lawn.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Smithson: To give working notice, minus the work
Kelowna Capital NewsFebruary 7, 2012

The basis of the law of wrongful dismissal is an employee's right to receive reasonable working notice of termination. Unless an employee's rights have been properly altered by contract or there is just cause for summary dismissal, the employer must to ...more »

Government Employees
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Highest paid government employees work in California
News10.netFebruary 1, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - California has about 1.8 million state and local government employees, which is more than any other state. According to the US Census Bureau, paychecks they are also the highest paid compared to other states.more »


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