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VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

Tax relief for veterans' spouses among new Texas laws
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

By JIM VERTUNO AP AUSTIN — Tens of thousands of spouses of totally disabled veterans in Texas will qualify for significant property tax relief under a new law taking effect Jan. 1. Texas law already exempts veterans who are declared 100 percent ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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PHOTOS: Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream Remembered in Student Art
Patch.comJanuary 17, 2012

By Abigail Crocker The East Providence Office of Affirmative Action issued a project asking city students to draw artistic expressions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They came up with some very imaginative displays. Scroll through the photos to see how ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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If in the White House, Mitt Romney Says He Will Veto DREAM Act
Feet in Two WorldsJanuary 2, 2012

By Sarah Kate Kramer • 1/02/12 • Categorized as Immigration News,Immigration Reform GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a crowd in Iowa on New Years Eve that he would veto the DREAM Act if he's in the oval office and the bill passes Congress. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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The death of collective bargaining?
Canadian Lawyer MagazineJanuary 3, 2012

She says the Air Canada and Canada Post negotiations suggest the Harper government has a secret policy of undermining collective bargaining and weakening the labour movement. “The Conservatives did not mention collective bargaining or an intention to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Workers group calls for legislated wage hike, other labor reforms
TempoJanuary 4, 2012

... other labor reforms: implementation of the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac; scrapping of the contractual employment in the country; junking of the power of the Labor secretary to assume jurisdiction over labor disputes; ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Lord Falconer: assisted suicide law fails to protect or punish
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 2, 2012

Political leaders have shied away from calling for the law to be relaxed, not least for fear of angering religious groups and disability campaigners who believes it amounts to the declaration by society that some lives are not worth living. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Discrimination in schools
Irish TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Sir, – You report that “Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act will come under increasing scrutiny” (Education Today, December 20th). It's about time. Section 37 flouts the old principle that anti-discrimination legislation should never include ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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State pushes for greater protections for stalking victims
The Seattle TimesJanuary 6, 2012

Jennifer Paulson, 30, had obtained an anti-harassment order against Jed Waits after he repeatedly called her, sent her flowers and visited her workplace against her wishes. Shortly before the slaying, Waits was arrested for violating the order. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Ontario hospitals, now subject to FOI, to release executive contracts Tuesday
Winnipeg Free PressJanuary 3, 2012

TORONTO - Most Ontario hospitals will release the employment contracts of their CEO's and other top executives today. Hospitals became subject to freedom of information legislation Jan. 1, but rather than wait for requests will post their executive ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Romney would veto path-to-citizenship DREAM Act
CBS NewsJanuary 1, 2012

He does not support a path to citizenship through education. David Axelrod, President Obama's top campaign adviser, tweeted that Romney's comments Saturday were "Wrong on principle & politics." Juan Sepulveda, the Democratic National Committee's senior ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Time to fix systems, policies that didn't work in 2011
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 3, 2012

A big caveat: Some of these situations may be covered by federal or state laws, like the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. You probably should speak with a human resources consultant or a SCORE counselor who has ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB: You may discipline for many employee online postings
Business Management DailyJanuary 1, 2012

by The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law on January 1, 2012 3:00pm by Amy G. McAndrew and Jamie Labukas, Esqs. Is it unlawful for a restaurant to fire a bartender who gripes to a co-worker about wages and complains on Facebook about the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Body found in Mt. Rainier park, believed to be murder suspect
Chicago TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

MOUNT RAINIER— A coordinated search effort involving more than 200 law enforcement personnel was launched after a Mount Rainier National Park ranger was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop Sunday morning. The person of interest in the ...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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Fire agencies seek to recover training costs for lost workers
Gainesville TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Georgia law enforcement agencies also have similar requirements regarding the reimbursement of training costs. State law states that if any municipality hires an employee away from another department within 15 months after completing training, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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DSS investigation: legal missteps, unfair salaries and benefits, and possible ...
The Independent WeeklyJanuary 4, 2012

On the second matter, the meeting between Perry, Bowser and Holt was legal, Hicks wrote. Perry was not yet sworn in, so this could not have been an illegal private meeting by a majority of the five-member board, he concluded. ...more »

Government Employees
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State government reorganizing in 2012
Winston-Salem JournalJanuary 1, 2012

The biggest change will happen today, when a 25000-employee criminal justice superagency is created, headquartered in the major high-rise of the state government complex in downtown Raleigh. But there will also be changes in who runs the prisons, ...more »

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