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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

IG: Strengthen mechanism to beat domestic violence
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

INDORE: A workshop on Domestic Violence Act was organized here on Saturday. Inaugurating the event, inspector general (IG) of Indore range Anuradha Shankar emphasised the need to strengthen various mechanisms to overcome domestic violence, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Major changes proposed for affirmative action plans covering individuals with ...
Lexology (registration)January 10, 2012

Contractors will be required to implement written reasonable accommodation procedures and include the written procedures in their Affirmative Action Plans. Contractors will be required to annually review and document their personnel processes, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Will Immigration Bill Find New Life in 2012?
WTVRJanuary 4, 2012

It could be a banner year for government reform, with a potential overhaul of the state's retirement system and a slew of social policies that for years had been stifled by a Democratically-controlled Senate. One of the proposals that has consistently ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Walker winning the concealed-carry primary in WI so far
Hot AirJanuary 3, 2012

Democrats in Wisconsin and their allies in the labor movement still plan to attempt a recall of Governor Scott Walker as punishment for limiting the collective bargaining privileges of public-employee unions, a key part of Walker's effort to reduce ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Are Obama's NLRB Appointments Constitutional?
National Legal and Policy CenterJanuary 18, 2012

In fact, the Senate did pass a bill (ie, the payroll tax cut extension) during a supposedly "pro forma" session on December 23, a matter the White House took notice of since the president signed the bill into law. The president cannot pick and choose ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Court: Certain religious employees can't sue for job bias
USA TODAYJanuary 11, 2012

She sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act when she lost her job at a Lutheran school. The Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church said Cheryl Perich violated a core church principle by bringing her grievance to the EEOC rather than using ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Pregnant women at work aren't unusual
ReporterNews.comJanuary 2, 2012

The Family Medical Leave Act, established in 1993, also provides protection for pregnant women who work for companies with 50 or more employees. Neal said the FMLA act requires employers to provide their employees — both men and women — with at least ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Ombudsman dismisses QAU lecturer's appeal for restoration
The News InternationalJanuary 2, 2012

Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Musarrat Hilali has dismissed the appeal for the restoration of former lecturer of Institute of Information Technology at Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Noor Mustafa Awan. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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[UPDATE] New York City office cleaners avoid strike
Queens CourierJanuary 3, 2012

Beginning January 1, 2012, the contracts of 22000 citywide commercial building service employees expire. Negotiations commenced on Wednesday, December 28 between the bargaining unit acting on behalf of the 32BJ Union and the Realty Advisory Board on ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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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 »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Change in Medicaid policy may affect some patients' co-pays
Fort Worth Star TelegramJanuary 1, 2012

By Alex Branch A new state Medicaid policy could leave some elderly and low-income Texans without access to certain treatments, including crucial cancer medications, critics say. Starting Jan. 1, Medicaid will no longer cover the full co-payment of ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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North Hampton carries issues into 2012
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 3, 2012

In the most recent skirmish, the union has lodged an unfair labor practice suit against the town for offering health care benefit plans and a paramedic program without collective bargaining. The action was heard by the state Public Employees Labor ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Parents of Henderson County football player settle wrongful death lawsuit
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 5, 2012

They also filed a federal lawsuit in Owensboro against the Lexington Insurance Co. and The Netherlands Insurance Co. in an attempt to resolve which one was primarily responsible for any settlement on behalf of school personnel. ...more »

Unions NSW appointments to be removed and banned from NSW Government boards
The Daily TelegraphJanuary 1, 2012

The government will take new laws to parliament to end the requirement for Unions NSW nominees on government boards. Several appointments were made at the 11th-hour of the 16-year Labor government including the First State Super board reappointment of ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Illinois eavesdropping law under fire
Morris Daily HeraldJanuary 4, 2012

The officer never mentioned the eavesdropping law. Instead, he told Braseth he “had no business doing what (he) was doing” and said that videoing officers “interferes with the work of police,” according to the professor. The officer released Braseth ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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HMA ex-employee alleges fraud, sues for wrongful termination
FierceHealthcareJanuary 10, 2012

Florida hospital operator Health Management Associates is facing a wrongful termination lawsuit for what an ex-employee says is retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged Medicare billing fraud, the Naples Daily News reports. ...more »

Government Employees
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New Jersey Public Workers Retire at Fastest Clip in a Decade
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- Retirements among New Jersey state and local-government workers climbed 11 percent last year, to the highest rate in at least a decade, as Governor Chris Christie raised their pension and health-care expenses. ...more »

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