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New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

And the 2011 education awards go to ...
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Most surprising piece of undone business: A new statewide charter school authorization law. I thought this was a sure-bet at the start of 2011 because charter school advocates seemed to have a strong political hand. But it appears there was a lot of ...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 »

Government Employees
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Anaheim official urges record purge amid requests
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 4, 2012

"And as everyone should know, embarrassment to public officials is never a legitimate basis for denying the public information." The public employees' union has forwarded the communication to the district attorney's office for investigation. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Trade unionism and change - II
Business Recorder (blog)January 3, 2012

(b) Right to freedom of association and collective bargaining and other rights secured or guaranteed under this Ordinance and other laws - Worker has inherent right to Trade Unionism and collective bargaining and the right to enjoy the benefits ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Liberals cheer proposed Obama administration immigration reform
The HillJanuary 8, 2012

Becerra on Friday said Republicans left the White House no other option but to act unilaterally on immigration reform. "President Obama is right," he said. "We can't wait for Republicans in Congress to stop playing this nasty game of politics, ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Two of five on NLRB are WNYers
Buffalo NewsJanuary 10, 2012

The board, which referees labor-management disputes and oversees union elections, has been a prime target for Republicans and business groups since it filed a controversial lawsuit last year that accused Boeing of illegally retaliating against union ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disabled hiring quotas faced by federal contractors
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Molly Kurt, of counsel to law firm Husch Blackwell LLP in Kansas City, Mo., said, “Everybody agrees that it's good for our workforce and our country to get qualified disabled people working. But the bigger question is how to do that effectively and ...more »

Employment Contracts
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ADP Employment Report - 325000 Private Sector Jobs for December 2011
Economic PopulistJanuary 5, 2012

Small businesses, on the other hand, have increased employment. May I suggest that small businesses are not international, they are not signing offshore outsourcing contracts and moving jobs to India and China. Multinationals, on the other hand, ...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 »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Healing Hands Health Care reaches out to City Rescue Mission
NewsOK.comJanuary 1, 2012

Healing Hands Health Care for the Homeless offers medical assistance five days a week at the City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City through a partnership between the agency and the shelter. BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Leave a comment A health care...more »

Undocumented Workers
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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 »

Federal Personnel
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Stetson University Selects Christopher Pietruszkiewicz as College of Law Dean
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

He has published numerous law review articles, and frequently presents on tax law and legal education issues. At Louisiana State University, Pietruszkiewicz was responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning and personnel matters, ...more »

Large Unions and Massive Labor Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs
Hawaii ReporterJanuary 3, 2012

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - France is a prime example of having large and powerful unions, a 3300-page Labor Law and employee payroll taxation at 39%. The result of all this is more automation and fewer jobs. In the late 1990s Paris totally retrofitted ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Newly legal fireworks use, sales not exactly exploding
Lewiston Sun JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Despite a new state law allowing the sale and use of consumer fireworks, there is not yet a single legal fireworks retailer. In fact, the state Fire Marshal's Office hasn't even received an application to sell fireworks, said Richard Taylor, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fresno PD wrongful termination trial begins
ABC30.comJanuary 10, 2012

(KFSN) -- Opening statements began in the trial of two former Fresno police officers who claim they were wrongfully terminated from the department. Richard Gaines and his wife Jaimy Quesada say they were discriminated against back in 2005 - while ...more »

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