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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 »

Obama signs bill on banking sanctions against Iran
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

Obama singed the bill into law although he has "serious reservations" about provisions regarding counter-terrorism efforts, including clauses that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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France's Surreal Presidential Race
New York TimesJanuary 11, 2012

What kind of country would France be if it abandoned its 35-hour work week (it actually kills jobs), set up an affirmative action program for its Muslim immigrants (featuring a zero-tolerance framework for their assimilation), and scaled back its ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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E-Verify portion of Georgia's immigration law takes effect
WXIA-TVJanuary 2, 2012

ATLANTA -- Just more than seven months after Governor Nathan Deal signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act into law, one of its more contested components is taking effect. Effective Sunday, Georgia businesses with 500 employees or more ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Starting now, state workers, families to pay more for medical care
Madison.comJanuary 2, 2012

The law stripped most public sector workers of collective bargaining rights, and since August reduced their take-home pay to cover more of the costs of premiums for pension and health insurance. The pension change reduced paychecks by 5.8 percent, ...more »

Labor Disputes
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So how did the dispute begin?
West Central TribuneJanuary 13, 2012

The union contract reflects added responsibilities the three employees have taken on with city utilities, according to city staff. But the concerns go beyond money. There have been complaints of rude behavior by some city staff and one city councilman ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Another View: Expand voluntary mental health services now
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Catherine Blakemore, executive director for Disability Rights California, is responding to the Dec. 18 editorial "Laura's Law needs help from Prop. 63" and Dan Morain's series on mental health. The editorial stated: "Assisted outpatient treatment has ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Protect the Company in the New Social Media World
Texas LawyerJanuary 5, 2012

Employee posts may subject the company to liability. False statements made by employees or paid third parties about a company's products and services in social media and on review sites have led to claims for deceptive trade practices and false ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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EEOC settlement triggers call for ENDA executive order
Washington BladeJanuary 13, 2012

However, protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity aren't included in the company's non-discrimination policy. The “ENDA” executive order is so named because it would be similar to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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DMC replaces radiology group
Crain's Detroit BusinessJanuary 9, 2012

based radiology group, under a five-year contract effective Jan. 1, Crain's has learned. To staff DMC's eight hospitals, Imaging Advantage is negotiating employment contracts with about 40 radiologists who are part of the Reynolds Group, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Utah guest-worker law a model for California proposal
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

By david montero Utah's groundbreaking guest-worker law has become the model for a proposed ballot measure in California that would allow undocumented workers in the Golden State to live and work through a state-run pilot program. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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A tough year for Brattleboro
Brattleboro ReformerJanuary 1, 2012

James Day, principal at Brattleboro Union High School for eight years, left on medical leave May 4 to begin treatment on two cancer-related issues. He later resigned on June 20, prompting the BUHS No. 6 Board to appoint Steve Perrin as the interim ...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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Cops needn't wait for college nod to control violence
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

CHENNAI: When full-blown violence rocks a college campus and armed rioting and bloodbath unfolds right in the presence of police personnel, should the law enforcers await a nod from college authorities to stop the mayhem? It was a resounding 'No' from ...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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Redevelopment mess: Possible city fire sale
Stockton RecordJanuary 6, 2012

The law says the sale must "maximize the net return." No sweetheart deals. A loophole does say city government gets first dibs on government properties. But this appears to mean such properties as parks and fire stations. City officials are not sure if ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Mo. Democrats speak against discrimination bill
CBS NewsJanuary 26, 2012

Voting along party lines, the Senate rejected an amendment Wednesday that would have excluded age discrimination from the higher legal standard proposed under the bill. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed similar legislation last year.more »

Government Employees
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Bonus for State government staff
The HinduJanuary 1, 2012

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced Pongal bonus for government employees, a measure that will cost the government Rs. 264 crore. A government press release stated that C and D group employees will get bonus equivalent to 30 days' salary ...more »


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