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Facebook flirting triggers divorces
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online . The firm said it had seen a 50% jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained ...more »

What to Expect in New York in 2012
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

1, 2011, could have foreseen the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, or Tropical Storm née Hurricane Irene, or the relatively stress-free passage of a same-sex marriage law, or Representative Anthony D. Weiner's political death by tweet, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Obama Signs NDAA, Affects TRICARE Providers
HR.BLR.comJanuary 6, 2012

In 2010, an Administrative Law Judge at the US Department of Labor (DOL) held that a hospital that subcontracted to provide medical services to TRICARE beneficiaries was a federal subcontractor subject to the affirmative action laws. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Government Relations Associate
The HillJanuary 5, 2012

Organization Summary: Founded in 1979, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, non-profit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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2012 New Year Special Talk Part 2
Arirang NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The new law permitting multiple unions and collective bargaining through a bargaining representative union is implemented in 93% of firms, and 97.5% of firms have implemented the new paid time-off system.99.6% of firms that agreed to this have put it ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Laying down the laws
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability cited in death row appeal
UPI.comJanuary 5, 2012

Sheri Johnson, a Cornell Law School professor, also argued a previous ruling contained mistakes on whether Hernandez-Llanas met the threshold for "intellectual disability". His trial included testimony about an escape from a Mexican prison after a 1989 ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Justices Grant Leeway to Churches in Job Bias Laws
New York TimesJanuary 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — In what may be its most significant religious liberty decision in two decades, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time recognized a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws, saying that churches and other ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Seoul City steps up fight against workplace sexual harassment
The Korea HeraldJanuary 10, 2012

Seoul City is teaming up with women's counseling groups in an effort to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, officials said Tuesday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it is joining hands with the Korea Women's Hot Line so that female ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Teachers continue legal fight for MoVIP pay
Columbia Daily TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

“The employment contract was for a full school year, and they were terminated in the middle of the school year. They're entitled to be paid the balance of that contract,” Brown said. It's difficult to exactly determine the amount sought, Brown said, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Editorial: Immigration's impact
Daily PressJanuary 12, 2012

While securing our borders to control illegal entry is an important enforcement tool, mass deportation of undocumented workers who are already here is economically short-sighted. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan — the only state whose ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Prescription for health care reform
Toronto SunJanuary 2, 2012

Too many of us still don't have a family doctor. With health outlays devouring increasingly massive chunks of provincial budgets, we'll never spend our way out of this mess. Continuing on this course will leave us broke and still lagging other western ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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AT&T Mobility Doesn't Apply in the Workplace, Says NLRB
Texas LawyerJanuary 7, 2012

... term—NLRB member Craig Becker joined chairman Mark Gaston Pearce (both Obama appointees to the board) to hold that class action waivers don't belong in the workplace, and that requiring them as a condition of employment is an unfair labor practice...more »

Federal Personnel
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California Employment Law - The Year Ahead
JD Supra (press release)January 4, 2012

Failure to post the new notice may be considered an unfair labor practice under the NLRA. Employers should consult legal counsel with any questions regarding this new requirement. IRS Mileage Rate Unchanged. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has ...more »

Quinn signs public pension overhaul
Chicago TribuneJanuary 5, 2012

One key goal of the law, which takes effect immediately, is to end the practice in which some city of Chicago municipal and labor union workers have taken leaves of absence from their city jobs, moved to full-time positions with their unions and then ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Chile says part of big forest fire contained, suspect denies setting fire
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

... though Chilean law can allow short sentences to be served outside confinement if the convicted person appears to periodically register with officials. More than 500 firefighters are trying to quell the fire, which forced officials to evacuate 400 ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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NALCO employee attributes five month absence from work to stress ball injury
The Louisiana RecordJanuary 5, 2012

16 in the 23rd Judicial District against NALCO and direct supervisor Allen St. Pierre for wrongful termination. Trepaginer says he was employed at the Garyville NALCO location as a utility operator when his eye was injured by a stress ball thrown at ...more »

Government Employees
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UAE hikes pensions of government workers
Ahram OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan has issued an order to raise the minimum pension payments for former military and federal government employees to AED10,000 (US$2700) per month as of January, state news agency WAM ...more »

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