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Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

Virginia AG Cuccinelli may intervene in ballot flap
CBS NewsJanuary 1, 2012

I guess you forgot to tell the Supreme Court that states set their own election laws. by obwan222 December 31, 2011 7:34 PM EST Mortar1SG29: "It is a state law. No Federal courts need to be involved... Unless you are a Virginian...it is none of your ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Race in Brazil
The EconomistJanuary 26, 2012

In a passionate and sometimes angry debate, black Brazilian activists insist that slavery's legacy of injustice and inequality can only be reversed by affirmative-action policies, of the kind found in the United States. Their opponents argue that the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Lawmaker proposes immigration reform
KRQEJanuary 17, 2012

Steve Fischmann, D-Las Cruces, is proposing to allow illegal immigrants to keep their jobs and licenses through a "guest worker program." Under the measure, foreign nationals, who can prove they've been living in New Mexico since last year and who pay ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Police, fire personnel pay more under law
Green Bay Press GazetteJanuary 7, 2012

Scott Walker's collective bargaining law. But the state's largest police union says local governments statewide have found another way to make them pay up: threaten huge health insurance cost increases if they don't start contributing to their ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Rights in the Workplace
New York TimesJanuary 14, 2012

But since 1935, federal law has given employees the right to join together for better pay and working conditions — with or without a union. Business groups have also argued that the labor board should follow a ruling last year in which the Supreme ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Discharged with low disability ratings, vets win health care for life
Sacramento BeeJanuary 13, 2012

He's been, like many, a relatively passive participant in the complicated world of class-action law. "They sent me a letter," Crotte said, "and I filled it out." The settlement provides lifetime disability retirement benefits to 1029 veterans with PTSD ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Audit details allegations against Copetas
Western FrontJanuary 6, 2012

An internal audit, published three days before Copetas got Coughlin's letter, found Copetas might be in violation of federal law for awarding scholarships to students as payment for working in the admissions office, according to Coughlin's letter. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague ...
Huffington Post (blog)January 11, 2012

... who might fear racial harassment for reporting safety infractions to [Occupational Safety and Health Administration], as well as low-income workers of all races who worry about keeping their jobs in the industry and access to health care, housing, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Five Events That Will Shape University Technology Transfer
Innovation Excellence (blog)January 2, 2012

Second, given resource constraints, most US universities file for patents slowly, buying time while they assess the invention's commercial potential. Today most universities have built their patent processes on the old system. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Discussing Immigration, Rubio Shows His Star Power
National JournalJanuary 28, 2012

Passionately and persuasively, Florida's junior senator made the conservative case for sweeping immigration reform and called on his party to take the lead on the issue. The Cuban-American on every Republican's short list for vice president also ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Fernández to have surgery to remove tumour
Financial TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Ms Fernández, who turns 59 next month, returned to Buenos Aires after a New Year's break at her family home in Patagonia for final meetings with ministers ahead of medical leave that is due to last until January 24. Though Ms Fernández's only public ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB complaint alleges Steward fired nurse for leading union organizing effort
The Boston GlobeJanuary 5, 2012

“We found reasonable cause to believe the unfair labor practices alleged in the complaint occurred,” Robert P. Redbord, deputy regional attorney for the NLRB, said this morning. The board has scheduled a hearing on the complaint against Steward for Feb ...more »

Federal Personnel
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BJP slams par panel's U-turn on Lokpal
Zee NewsJanuary 2, 2012

New Delhi: After exclusion of lower bureaucracy from Lokpal, BJP on Monday said the U-turn by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice and Personnel was an "insult" to members and the panel had "no sanctity". "There is no sanctity of the Standing ...more »

Many workers to benefit in 2012 from new Obama rules
People's WorldJanuary 2, 2012

The new rules cover union elections, hours of work and wages, among other things. On union elections, the National Labor Relations Board approved a final in December that eliminates delays that bosses have traditionally used to thwart union organizing ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Chilean president seeks tougher penalties as forest fires rage
Santiago TimesJanuary 3, 2012

We are going to revise the law.” Czech tourist Jiri Smitak caused a fire that destroyed over 37000 acres in 2005, one of the most devastating fires Chile had ever seen. Chile's Forest Law was created in 1931 and sets guidelines for fires within ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fired Santa Rosa police captain wins round in federal court
Santa Rosa Press DemocratJanuary 4, 2012

By KEVIN McCALLUM A former Santa Rosa police captain whose four-year wrongful termination suit so far has cost the city nearly $1 million has won a round in federal court. A US District Court judge in 2010 dismissed Jamie Mitchel's lawsuit against the ...more »

Government Employees
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Mayor: Explaining the Impact of Public Employee Pension and Health Care ...
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

The firefighters will be receiving wage adjustments of 1.25% on January 1 st and July 1 st of each of the three contract years. The City's contracts with the public works union and the library workers union were not due to expire until the end of 2012. ...more »

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