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Baby boomers – how the wealthy flout China's family planning
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

... a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, with scant regard for the rules that constrain others. The most common reaction, though, has been simple disbelief. “Heavens. To have one family with eight kids ... in an era of ...more »

Six former Bell council members lose appeal
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Previous judges have chastised the former council members. In rejecting their motion to drop the charges earlier this month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy issued a scathing 10-page ruling brushing aside the politicians' ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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New Hampshire Ends Affirmative-Action Preferences at Colleges
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)January 4, 2012

By Peter Schmidt Public colleges in New Hampshire are precluded from using affirmative-action preferences in hiring or admissions decisions under a new law that took effect on January 1 after being passed by the state's legislature last year with ...more »

Government Employees
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Government agencies notified that personal information was outside of secure ...
Northwest Cable NewsJanuary 5, 2012

BOISE -- Leaders of the four Department of Interior bureaus represented at the National Interagency Fire Center are notifying employees that personal information was released from the security of government systems for a few hours in November. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Attorney conduct at issue in Gableman dust-up
WisconsinWatch.orgJanuary 4, 2012

Critics say Gableman's fee arrangement, under which Michael Best would get paid only if Gableman won his case (he didn't), violates a judicial rule against accepting gifts from lawyers or firms that “have come or are likely to come before the judge. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Post Iowa: Democrats bash Rs on Hispanic angle again
Orlando Sentinel (blog)January 4, 2012

Calling Iowa's victors Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul “very extreme” on immigration issues, the Democratic National Committee tried to paint President Barack Obama as the best hope for immigration reform supported by many Hispanics. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Joe Torre Alters the Landscape of the Dodgers Sale
The Biz of BaseballJanuary 4, 2012

He's been an all-star player, one that stood by Marvin Miller during labor disputes with the league, almost certainly a Hall of Fame manager, and one that's been working as the head of Baseball Operations for the Commissioner's Office. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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County settles discrimination claims of two employees for a total of $120000
HeraldNetJanuary 3, 2012

By Noah Haglund, Herald Writer The same cases earlier had been the subject of lengthy internal investigations, which found no wrongdoing by top managers. On Dec. 22, county attorneys agreed to pay a roads employee $100000 to settle her claims of racial ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Mount Airy police stress rights of service dogs in businesses
Mount Airy NewsJanuary 8, 2012

The store clerk was quite adamant about the dog's presence inside the business — and while that might be understandable, it was also blatantly illegal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That law says businesses, governmental offices and ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Automation takes toll on employees
Kuensel, Buhutan's National NewspaperJanuary 4, 2012

Another employee, Gangtu, said the decision was not fair, because the bank regularised some of the contract employees, while the rest were laid off. There is nowhere to go, we have loan repayments and lots of family obligations, he said. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Pensions challenge labour in 2012
Vancouver SunJanuary 3, 2012

Human rights disputes involving perceived disabilities, social media in the employment setting, off-duty criminal conduct by employees, and workplace bullying and harassment also made the list. But nothing is as potentially explosive as the pension ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Jackson Hospital CEO Henderson to leave post
Montgomery AdvertiserJanuary 3, 2012

"My family and I have truly enjoyed our time here in Montgomery, and the wonderful people we have met. "My sincere thanks go to our employees, our medical staff members, and our many volunteers for their support and dedication to our success. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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How the Unique Makeup of Florida Latinos Could Make a Difference in 2012 Elections
ABC News (blog)January 13, 2012

Rubio, a Cuban-American elected to the Senate in 2010, opposes giving amnesty to undocumented workers, but enjoys widespread backing among the Cuban community in South Florida. The possible support of Rubio has the potential to be a massive boost for ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Wisconsin swamped by concealed-carry applications
Chicago TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

The concealed carry law authorized $236700 drawn from application fees for 11 new DOJ hires to help process applications, including 10 six-month employees whose jobs will end in March. However, the agency has been operating with only 10 of the new ...more »

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 »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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New motor vehicle laws begin this week
MyWebTimes.comJanuary 3, 2012

The driver is involved in an emergency situation that requires police or fire services. In July, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Public Act 97-0202, which amended the Illinois Vehicle Code's Speed Restrictions. The new law will take effect Tuesday, Jan. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Exposing Gender Inequality and Harassment on the New Jersey Waterfront
U.S. Politics TodayJanuary 7, 2012

From discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, religion, age or a disability, to enforcement of wage and hour violations or other exploitive conduct, employment law attorneys can explain an employee's rights and legal options. ...more »


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