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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New James Madison president sets goals
NECNFebruary 13, 2012

Alger played an instrumental role in two landmark affirmative action court cases at the University of Michigan. In those cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's law school could continue to consider race in its admissions process, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Sen. Scott Brown's Irish immigration bill could move forward soon
MassLive.comFebruary 8, 2012

Senators are currently working on a compromise on an Irish immigration bill sponsored by Sen. Scott Brown. The E-3 visa is currently available only in Australia. Brown's Irish Immigration Reform and Encouragement Act would make available 10500 visas to ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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The Hidden Costs of Harassment
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Stephen M. Paskoff When a high-profile harassment case disrupts the workplace it often leads managers and executives to revisit their personnel management standards and practices to ensure they have a good defense against litigation.more »

Labor Disputes
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CCEJ Bows to Concerns Over Labor Dispute, Moves Breakfast from Hyatt to ...
LBPOST.comFebruary 3, 2012

raised by a number of our core supporters" regarding holding its annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast at the Hyatt Long Beach, which has for the last few years been involved in a labor dispute, the California Conference for Equality and Justice ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Former Erie firefighter wins lawsuit against city (Updated: 5:30 pm)
GoErie.comFebruary 7, 2012

With that finding in hand -- the city discriminated against Wolski in violation of the Americans with Disability Act -- US Judge Sean J. McLaughlin immediately ordered the remedy: Wolski, he said, will get her job back, with seniority intact, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Official: Harrisburg bankruptcy remains possibility if no agreement on plan to ...
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

In many respects, his 12-page outline reflected a work in progress, as Unkovic said he still needs to figure out the value of assets the city can sell or lease, and lawyers are digging into a forensic audit regarding an expensive trash incinerator ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Worker Given £10K For Sectarian Abuse
4ni.co.ukFebruary 10, 2012

A catholic worker has been awarded compensation of over £10K for sectarian harassment in the workplace. The man employed by Shorts/ Bombardier has been awarded £11500 after a workmate harassed him via text messages. The judge said that the texts ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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PORTER v. NEW AGE SERVICES CORPORATION
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

Porter sued New Age in federal court alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC §§ 12111-12117, the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 USC §§ 2601-2654, and Illinois tort law. After filing her lawsuit, Porter filed a charge with ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Hospitals give crime lab $10K to fight 'bath salts'
Middletown JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Staff photo by Ty Greenlees A $10000 grant from a Dayton-area hospital association will help medical and law enforcement personnel identify the ever-changing ingredients in deadly designer drugs such as “bath salts.” The Greater Dayton Area Hospital ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Stewartstown puts its police chief on administrative leave
York Daily RecordFebruary 7, 2012

The council also agreed to file unfair labor practices with the state Labor Relations Board against the police union and directed council president Gordon Wisnom to appoint an interim chief. After the meeting, Wisnom said the civil service ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Judge rejects law seeking to reform state pensions
The Union LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

The decision, handed down by Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara, deals a blow to the state retirement reform law passed last spring — and could cost the New Hampshire retirement system at least an estimated $25 million a year.more »

LABOR - Kaiser workers stage 24-hour walkout - Nurses join mental health ...
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

"It's also about cutting union benefits and this is where there is trade union solidarity around the fact Kaiser is making billion in profits there is no cause" to propose cuts. Kaiser officials said more than 66 percent of the nurses crossed the ...more »

Government Employees
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Wisconsin releases recall petition names
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

Walker set off a firestorm in January 2010 when he moved to curtail the collective bargaining rights of most state employees. With majorities in both houses of the Legislature, Walker and his GOP allies voted to limit raises for public employees except ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Mo. senators delay workplace discrimination vote
Southeast MissourianFebruary 2, 2012

That bill would require workers who bring wrongful termination lawsuits to prove discrimination was a "motivating factor" -- not simply a contributing factor -- in the employer's action. The legislation also would apply to other wrongful discrimination ...more »

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