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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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US Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian ...
ColorLines magazineFebruary 10, 2012

Anxieties about the discrimination of Asian Americans in higher education admissions are often used to mask an anti-affirmative action argument. Experts say the two issues need to be put in separate boxes. “Negative action is what was the basis of the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Conservative Alternatives to the DREAM Act: New and Hardly Improved
Huffington Post (blog)February 3, 2012

Opponents to the bill frequently claimed that DREAM Act eligible immigrants, once legalized, would be able to petition on behalf of their undocumented parents, resulting in massive "chain migration." It is true that naturalized citizens can petition ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Poll: Voters Split Over Emergency Manager Law
WLNSFebruary 2, 2012

37 percent say they support changes to the law, 37 percent do not, and 27 percent are unsure. Those changes, which took effect last year, allow a manager to modify collective bargaining agreements and possibly cut previously negotiated wages as well as ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Negotiation and mediation of labor disputes
Lexology (registration)February 13, 2012

According to previous laws and regulations, China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) required large and medium-sized enterprises to establish labor dispute committees to ensure that an effective communication and dialogue ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Accused East Haven cop seeks disability retirement
New Haven RegisterFebruary 2, 2012

Mannion also confirmed that he has begun internal affairs investigations on all four arrested officers, as requested by retiring Chief of Police Leonard Gallo immediately after the arrests. The investigations likely will take some time, said Mannion, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Feds file discrimination lawsuit against Lee County
The News-PressFebruary 7, 2012

“The civil rights division is committed to enforcing this nation's employment discrimination laws.” The lawsuit says several of their co-workers regularly used racial and ethnic slurs, repeatedly mocked Ferreira's and Rivera's accents, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Labour welfare boss sacked for sexual harassment
Times of IndiaFebruary 2, 2012

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has dismissed labour welfare commissioner Mohan Dhotre, a Class I officer, on charges of sexual harassment. In 2003, a female lower division clerk (whose identify cannot be revealed) had alleged that Dhotre was ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Paragon Shipping Announces New Employment for a Supramax Bulkcarrier
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Paragon Shipping Inc. /quotes/zigman/478931/quotes/nls/prgn PRGN -7.59% ("Paragon Shipping" or the "Company"), announced today that it has entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its vessel, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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MSU E-Verify Panel Brings Crowd as Election Nears
OzarksFirst.comFebruary 3, 2012

E-Verify is an online program that checks a worker's eligibility to work in the United States . It's aimed to crack down on undocumented workers, and will be on the ballot for Springfield voters next Tuesday. Missouri State University hosted a panel ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Family health records get an online home
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 15, 2012

He planned to leave health records to insurance companies and medical professionals, while building new tools to help families. The result, which he built with Apple and Microsoft veteran Walter Smith, is a Web-based service called CareZone.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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San Pablo council urges fair resolution of casino labor dispute
Marin Independent-JournalFebruary 23, 2012

Elmets has said the casino pays wages and benefits comparable with the rest of the industry in California. The union has filed several unfair labor practice grievances with the National Labor Relations Board. The grievances are.more »

Federal Personnel
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Law Enforcement Websites Under Attack by Hackers
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Saboteurs have hacked into the websites of several law enforcement agencies worldwide in attacks attributed to the collective called Anonymous, including in Boston and in Salt Lake City, where police say personal information of confidential informants ...more »

Labor unions targeted by several Missouri bills
Springfield News-LeaderFebruary 5, 2012

Another fight may be brewing in the General Assembly this year over the role of organized labor in Missouri. Several bills targeting labor unions are moving forward in the House and Senate. The measures include the near-annual effort to make Missouri a ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Father-in-law dragged deeper into Powell saga
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 10, 2012

4, 2012, the day before Powell and his two young sons were killed after police say Powell set fire to the home he was living in during a visit with his sons. OLYMPIA, Wash.—In a folder on his work computer labeled "Personal Pics," Steve Powell ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Experts: Tough road for any Brodkorb lawsuit
CBS NewsFebruary 3, 2012

(AP) MINNEAPOLIS — A former legislative staffer who may sue the state for wrongful dismissal faces significant hurdles to collecting any payout. Michael Brodkorb served as executive assistant to Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.more »

Government Employees
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Bill would require governments, contractors to verify employees' citizenship
Lexington Herald LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

By Beth Musgrave — FRANKFORT — A bill that would require governments and those who receive a government contract to use E-Verify to determine that all employees are legal citizens passed the House Labor and Industry ...more »


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