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2 health systems take joint approach
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

The organizations - which are expected to strike similar agreements with commercial health plans - will be the key vehicle for testing new methods of paying hospitals and doctors. The Bellin Health-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners effort is one of 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 »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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India lifts some FDI restrictions in retail
Fin24January 10, 2012

University graduates do not address SA's employment needs and grants and affirmative action dampen desire to work in the country, says a labour analyst. Over 100 000 new jobs were created in December 2011, with temporary work growing the fastest, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Cardozo School of Law Clinics Help Create Large-Scale Reform in Immigration ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2012

A groundbreaking study titled "Accessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings" by Cardozo's Immigration Justice Clinic found that 33 percent of immigrants in deportation cases received "inadequate" legal...more »

Collective Bargaining
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State should plan for health care reform
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 4, 2012

Jim Doyle and Walker that Wisconsin should vigorously plan the new competitive health insurance marketplaces (so-called health insurance exchanges), which are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, the new national health care reform law. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Caterpillar, Rio Lock Out Workers in Canada
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Caterpillar late Sunday locked out about 420 union workers at a train-locomotive plant in London, Ontario, in a sign that the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment is still pushing hard for labor-cost savings despite a big recovery ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Assisted suicide report causes mixed reaction among campaigners
The GuardianJanuary 5, 2012

Phil Friend, chairman of the Royal Association for Disability and Rights and a campaigner against legalisation, questioned how likely such a provision would be. "In the midst of cuts, we are to believe that the social care budgets would be increased so ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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VELASQUEZ v. DONAHOE
Leagle.comJanuary 9, 2012

Rodolfo Velasquez appeals pro se from the district court's summary judgment in his employment action alleging disability discrimination in violation of the Rehabilitation Act. We have jurisdiction under 28 USC § 1291. We review de novo. Walton v. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Anita Hill 'Reimagines Equality'
WBURJanuary 3, 2012

Hill's testimony broke the silence around workplace sexual harassment. It forever changed the tenor of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and it turned Hill into a complex political icon — the black woman facing a barrage of questions from a panel of ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Ontario hospital CEO contracts show car, golf perks
CBC.caJanuary 3, 2012

Those bonuses are not contained in Brown's latest contract due to the 2010 Ontario Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, which removed contentious perks from public-sector employee contracts. Among the CEOs who have been offered generous contract ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Legislation would end tax credits for immigrants
Tidewater NewsJanuary 4, 2012

And it stands now, millions of undocumented workers are currently able to take advantage of this credit too. Under current law, the Internal Revenue Service allows individuals filing with an Individual Tax Identification Number to access the child tax ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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South County primary care practices merge with medical centers
Berkshire EagleJanuary 5, 2012

At MACONY Pediatrics, the three pediatricians and one physician's assistant are hoping that the new relationship with Fairview will leave more time to care for patients by diverting questions such as insurance contracts and personnel issues to those ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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The week in review
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 2, 2012

New suit: Three employees of Boeing's 787 campus in North Charleston have filed an unfair labor practice charge against a union recently at the center of a national dispute. The National Right to Work Foundation said the complaint filed with the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Islamic Center survives bill, barbs, court battles
The Daily News JournalJanuary 1, 2012

"We are all very familiar with the legal principle that in the United States, all citizens enjoy the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech. "We have a duty equally to treat those whose religious beliefs are similar to the majority beliefs ...more »

IN RESPONSE: Right to work brings consequences for states, workers
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 2, 2012

Right-to-work legislation isn't about job creation for Hoosier workers; it's about lowering wages and destroying unions, which is exactly what businessmen like Koch and his allies want. Unions act as a counter balance to corporate interests. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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LA arson: A turning point for police use of Twitter, social media
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Faced with a quickly changing, highly unusual investigation, LA law enforcement agencies embraced Twitter and other forms of social media like never before. Law enforcement and fire agencies essentially joined the conversation, using Twitter and ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former nurse assistant accuses attorney of malpractice
Ultimate KatyJanuary 4, 2012

According to the brief, Harris hired Pradia to represent him in his wrongful termination suit against Heritage Park, but Pradia failed to file the claim within the time allowed. Harris is seeking actual and exemplary damages, as well as court costs. ...more »

Government Employees
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New Jersey State, Local Worker Retirements Climb 11% in 2011
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

A total of 11861 people enrolled in the Public Employee Retirement System filed to leave the workforce in 2011, compared with 10705 applications in 2010, according to state Treasury Department data. Christie, a first-term Republican, signed legislation ...more »

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