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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

Ind. guv praises delay of federal pollution rule
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday approved a request by electric power companies, states and other parties seeking to delay the rules until litigation over the regulation plays out. Daniels praised the court's ruling Saturday in a ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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'4.5% reservation for minorities is legally sound'
Hindustan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The move to set aside 4.5% share for minorities, including Muslims, within an existing affirmative-action system for other backward classes (OBCs) is legally sound, Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson K Rahman Khan has said. served as a model reference ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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US immigration reform: Two Young DREAMers
Inquirer.netJanuary 7, 2012

Their disclosures have had an impact on the current political debate in the United States on immigration reform. These are the stories of two “Joses.” At the age of 12, Jose used a fraudulent traveling document to enter the US. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Special collective bargaining status for police and fire unions causing problems
Wisconsin State JournalJanuary 7, 2012

"Otherwise you're creating two classes of public employees." Union officials said the answer is to restore all collective bargaining, not take more away. "There is an inequity, that's for sure," said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Top Hollywood Labor Lawyer Howard Fabrick Switches Firms (Exclusive)
Hollywood ReporterJanuary 5, 2012

Fabrick, who previously spent 13 years with LA firm Akin Gump and 18 yeras with Proskauer Rose, has been featured in THR's annual Power Lawyers issue for his experience handling tricky guild issues and employment disputes. He joined the new firm Jan 1. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability law should cover pregnant workers
CNNJanuary 10, 2012

By Jeannette Cox, Special to CNN Editor's note: Jeannette Cox is an associate professor of law at the University of Dayton who teaches employment discrimination. Her recent work analyzes the relationship between the Americans with Disabilities Act and ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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13 years later, Batavia Park District discrimination case still pending
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 9, 2012

... both sides agree that the Human Rights Commission has moved much too slowly. The Illinois Human Rights Commission was created in 1979 to give residents a place to report possible civil rights violations in employment, housing, public accommodations ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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What to watch for in 2012
Eastern Wake NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Nearly one-third of the people employed by the town of Knightdale said they experienced or observed harassment in the workplace, according to the surveys. Twenty of the town's 61 staff members responded “Yes” to the question: “Have you ever experienced ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Retiree costs loom large over St. Paul schools
Pioneer PressJanuary 8, 2012

To Peter Willcoxon, White Bear Lake's executive director of business services, the sale of $39.5 million in bonds to cover the district's liability for retiree health benefits was the right call. Investment gains have only slightly outpaced interest ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Gingrich, Romney clash over immigration, Freddie Mac
WJXT JacksonvilleJanuary 27, 2012

Romney has advocated for "self-deportation," a policy that involves making economic conditions so difficult for undocumented workers that they choose to leave the country to find better opportunities. The former House speaker said Romney was the most ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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A day with diabetes: Medical center films education video
Ames TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

Neal Loes, vice president at Mary Greeley, had to leave in the middle of meetings when his blood glucose levels dropped too low. Matt Aitchison, clinical supervisor for medical telemetry, left his insulin behind when he left town for a meeting. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Firefighters' overtime about safety, not money
Snohomish County TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

Commissioner Katrina Boedecker ruled that the ordinance's existence is not enough to trigger an unfair labor practice. Still, it's a slap in the face to hire a private company to do work paid for with a special levy, Gagnon said. ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Names & Faces
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 1, 2012

She also represents employers before the NH Commission for Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Massachusetts Department of Employment...more »

Some Republicans hold out on right-to-work bill
Evening News and TribuneJanuary 6, 2012

Labor unions in Chicago opened telephone banks this week, where their members could make calls to Indiana legislators, urging them to vote against the bill. Meanwhile, Daniels and House Speaker Brian Bosma have been airing their own ads in support of ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Seeking clues in the ashes of an LA arson spree
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

"Usually someone setting these types of fires will have some kind of history behind them," said Brett Martinez, fire marshal in Suffolk County, NY, and an expert on arson investigations. Most of all, investigators have been relying on shoe-leather ...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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The State Worker's Top 10 of 2011: No. 4 -- Audit outs misdeeds
Sacramento Bee (blog)January 2, 2012

Posts about government employee misdeeds draw plenty of attention and provoke debate over workplace fairness, public-sector standards vs. private-sector standards and the media's news reporting role. There are bad employees in both the public and ...more »

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