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China revises laws on occupational illness prevention, Macao
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

The NPC also heard reports on the transformation of the economic development mode and the development of the tourism industry. Wu urged lawmakers to summarize effective work experience and practices and strive to boost work quality in handling all ...more »

Towels top list of returned gifts
The Canberra TimesJanuary 1, 2012

''A significant amount of people do take gifts back in the hope of exchanging them but many consumers do not understand they are not entitled to an exchange or refund under the law - it's only if it's faulty,'' he said.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Immigration Justice: Biased, Irrational, Unfair
Huffington Post (blog)January 11, 2012

Some of the comments to my recent piece, How Immigration Courts Contaminate American Justice, reveal a visceral outrage more virulent than that expressed over other hot-button issues, ie, capital punishment, affirmative action, abortion. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Where Mitt Romney Stands on Issues of Import to Latino Voters
Fox NewsJanuary 5, 2012

He has been criticized for changing his mind on what to do about undocumented immigrants living in the US, sometimes arguing for a path to citizenship and at other times calling that amnesty. In a 2006 interview with Bloomberg, Romney sat in the middle ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 3, 2012

A practicing attorney gave a lecture on the subject of litigation that the good people of Las Vegas should take to heart. I quote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner ...more »

Labor Disputes
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The Forum's 2011 Area Person of the Year: American Crystal Sugar President ...
In-ForumJanuary 1, 2012

Berg said he saw the health care dispute coming back in 2004, when he helped negotiate the last contract (he was not yet the company's top executive then). “We worked long and hard trying to find some new sharing of costs,” he said. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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John Johnson, East Grand Forks, column: ND trails badly in disability/elderly law
Grand Forks HeraldJanuary 8, 2012

This is true in both large and small communities in the state, and it's true more than 20 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The “big cigars” in power in government and the Legislature often tout how conservative they are ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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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 »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague ...
In These TimesJanuary 6, 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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Swedish Factory Sector Contracts Less Than Expected In December
RTT NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The slowdown in the rate of contraction reflected positive contributions from industrial production, improved delivery times and employment. New business received by manufacturers decreased marginally during the month, mainly reflecting weaker demand ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Laptop City Hall: City Council urges state to give tuition break to children ...
Capital TimesJanuary 4, 2012

The Madison City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state to once again allow children of undocumented workers in Wisconsin to qualify for in-state tuition to public colleges. It is highly doubtful the Council's action Tuesday, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Pet care on a budget: Owners wrestle with costs during tough economy
Staunton News LeaderJanuary 2, 2012

"We want to try to get this taken care of now," he said. "She's not just a backyard dog — she is part of our family." Local vets say pet owners are less inclined to spend money on some preventative procedures and treatments, such as teeth cleanings. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Legal Alert: NLRB Assesses Litigation Expenses Against Employer in Unfair ...
JD Supra (press release)January 19, 2012

161, the employer excepted to an administrative law judge's recommendation that it reimburse both the General Counsel and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for litigation costs and expenses associated with bringing two consolidated cases ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Law: Wood County faces challenges
Parkersburg NewsJanuary 1, 2012

... to serve in the Wood County Board of Education seat vacated by Rick Olcott will help the board stay on course while dealing with difficult personnel issues. "Certainly the change in the membership of the board is going to be a challenge," Law said, ...more »

U.S. senator offers support
Toledo BladeJanuary 3, 2012

“I'm hoping any which way we can get you back to work. This company, this union, this whole plant means so much to this community. I'm here to offer support with anything I can do,” he said. Cooper Tire locked the employees out of the Findlay ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Augusta paid $1.7M to outside law firms in 2011
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 9, 2012

The firm's Jim Plunkett specializes in economic development legal work, such as the public-private partnerships between Augusta and operators of the Trade, Exhibit and Event Center and the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem redevelopment project, he said. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Lawsuit Claims Former BP Employee Was Fired For Refusing To Skew Clean-Up Data
TPMMuckrakerJanuary 25, 2012

A former employee of BP America is suing the oil company for wrongful termination, alleging that he was canned for refusing to alter data about the progress of the clean-up of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In a suit filed in US District Court in ...more »

Government Employees
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Government job cuts hurt black workers
Pacific Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

With the US Postal Service in the red, about 3700 local post offices will be closed and about 100000 employees will be cut. Blacks make up about 21 percent of that workforce. Postal workers aren't the only government or quasi-government employees on ...more »


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