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Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Early Word: Affirmative Action
New York Times (blog)February 22, 2012

By JADA F. SMITH The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled that it might end affirmative action in public colleges and universities, Adam Liptak reports. All sides agree that such a decision would reduce the number of African-American and Latino students ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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No progress seen on U.S. immigration until after 2012 election cycle
Southeast Farm Press (blog)February 2, 2012

by Paul Hollis in Farm Press Blog • The likelihood of immigration reform at the federal level anytime soon is about the same as that of pigs flying. • Unless things change, it's highly unlikely we'll see 'big picture' legislation approved, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Avoid 'right-to-work' fight for now
Lansing State JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Last year Wisconsin had a protracted, bitter battle over laws to strip most collective bargaining rights from public sector unions. Also last year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Republican lawmakers passed a law to limit unions' collective bargaining...more »

Labor Disputes
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Brooklyn Labor Fight Seen Testing Obama's NLRB Appointments
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- A dispute over working conditions at a Brooklyn apartment complex may be a test case for whether President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are legal. Lawyers for the Flatbush Gardens apartments, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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US Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to improve ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The rule proposed by OFCCP would strengthen the affirmative action and reporting obligations of federal contractors by requiring them to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their employees be qualified workers with disabilities.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Discrimination complaints drop locally
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 5, 2012

By Philip Walzer The number of workplace discrimination complaints declined locally last year, running counter to the national trend. The Norfolk office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 968 complaints in fiscal 2011, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Harassment victim's big win
Tasmania MercuryFebruary 7, 2012

Laura Connors, now 19, won a $12000 compensation payout after being sexually harassed by her employer, Praties restaurant at Mowbray owner David Richardson. AFTER a three-year legal battle a Tasmanian teenager has won $12000 compensation for sexual ...more »

Employment Contracts
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US jobless rate at 3-yr low as payrolls surge
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* Nonfarm employment surges 243000 in January * Unemployment rate falls to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent * Jobs gains widespread in show of strength * Markets dial back expectations of more Fed stimulus By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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GOP candidates' immigration fantasies
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

Mitt Romney, for example, believes that the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country will simply "self-deport" after his stepped-up enforcement of immigration laws makes it too difficult to for them find work. Under his plan, a national ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Extending leave
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Campus Labor Coalition not sweet on University's negotiating practices
Daily IlliniFebruary 15, 2012

“Last year when SEIU was bargaining, we were forced to file three unfair labor practice charges against the University, all of which the University ended up settling in our favor. They could have avoided those just by talking with us in the first place ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Centerville adds background probe to work with kids
StandardNetFebruary 2, 2012

By Tanna Woods CENTERVILLE -- The city has finalized procedures to conduct criminal background checks on employees and volunteers who work with minors. State law requires the city have such checks of criminal history files. The new regulations apply ...more »

Labor unions advise Pa. lawmakers on ways to save $2 billion
Newsworks.org (blog)February 2, 2012

By Mary Wilson A coalition of public labor unions is suggesting a number of reforms to help Pennsylvania save more than $2 billion and avoid more cuts this year to education and unspecified "vital services." It's a list several pages thick -- ideas for ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire Guts More Downtown Logan Shops
West Virginia MetroNewsFebruary 1, 2012

A major fire in downtown Logan guts another building in the center of the town's business district. Firemen were called out around 2:00 this morning to battle a blaze at the former Avis, Whitten, and Wandling Law offices on Stratton Street in Logan .more »

Wrongful Termination
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Officer James Greco fights for his full retirement status in New York
eNewsChannelsFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

Government Employees
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Arizona bill targets public employee unions
AZ Central.comFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 10:10 PM Arizona unions representing tens of thousands of public workers would be banned from collective bargaining with local governments and school districts as part of a sweeping package of legislation moving forward at the state Capitol.more »

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