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Banking/Court win for Lehman Europe clients
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

It declared they had rights to reclaim the money, even though Lehman Europe had not kept it separate from the rest of the bankrupt firm's operations. Hedge funds feared they would have to take their place along with other unsecured creditors, ...more »

Judge to rule on 'practical farmer' law
Charleston GazetteMarch 1, 2012

"We're in the business of bottling water. It is what it is. It's food management." The constitution, however, conflicts with the 1911 law in terms of who should be eligible to take part in an election, Helmick's lawyer, Alex Macia said.more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Washington duo behind a Texas affirmative action case
Washington PostMarch 4, 2012

University of Texas at Austin, which could eliminate affirmative action in college admissions. Abigail Fisher, a white student, sued the university in 2008 after being denied entry to the freshman class, saying the school's use of race in admissions ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Romney Stirs Up Democratic Base
Beyond ChronMarch 12, 2012

And despite Latino disappointment with Obama's performance on immigration reform, Romney's plan for “self-deportation” and backing of Arizona's anti-Latino law as a “model for the nation” has given the President a 70%-14% lead among this crucial ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Report: Suspending EM law a risk
Detroit Free PressMarch 6, 2012

A coalition of labor unions and other liberal organizations is set to announce today a campaign to amend the state constitution to strengthen collective bargaining rights and block attempts by the Legislature to make Michigan a right-to-work state, ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Chinese Labor Activists Are Terrified That Foxconn Will Come Away Looking Good
Business InsiderMarch 19, 2012

The Mike Daisey scandal is a nightmare for activists who are trying to draw attention to labor conditions at Foxconn. On 16 March 2012, the NPR radio programme This American Life announced that spoken word performer Mike Daisey's The Agony and the ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disabled people have come so far – don't undo all the progress
The GuardianMarch 1, 2012

Instead, at 52, I am an independent crossbench peer and member of the joint committee on human rights (JCHR), which reports this week on its 12-month inquiry into disabled people's right to independent living. Since leaving university I have had the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Credit Suisse trader loses employment tribunal 2, 2012

But an employment tribunal dismissed his complaints for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, saying that Mr Mohamedali was “not a reliable witness”. It found that Mr Mohamadeli was dismissed for gross misconduct and not because he was ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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More than a third of Croatian women experience sexual harassment at work
Croatian TimesMarch 7, 2012

Some 37.5 per cent have personal experience of sexual harassment while at work, some 11 per cent of them were exposed to more severe forms of sexual harassment and blackmail, reported business portal The International Trade Union ...more »

Employment Contracts
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State grievance requirement left unchecked
Milwaukee Journal SentinelMarch 2, 2012

Those systems must give employees a venue where they can go if they feel they were unjustly fired, disciplined or subjected to unsafe working conditions. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the administration hasn't tracked whether the law is being ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Tech leaders lend a hand to undocumented students who dream of college
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)March 6, 2012

Companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants can face civil and criminal penalties. Among other ideas, the Silicon Valley donors are studying the possibility of using unpaid internships as way for students to come to the attention of employers who ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Three accused of embezzling $900000 from Yurok Tribe
Siskiyou Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

He left his job with the tribe on Oct. 4, 2011, after failing to report to work after being on family medical leave from June 27, 2011, to Sept. 27, 2011. A search warrant affidavit file in Del Norte County Superior Court said 75 checks from the tribe ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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ADA defense and compliance lawyer: More clarification or confusion on March 15 ...
Hotel LawMarch 7, 2012

Who's your hotel lawyer? Martin H. Orlick is one of the top ADA defense lawyers in the country, having helped clients with more almost 500 ADA cases for hotels and other businesses. He is also is a senior member of the law firm's Global Hospitality ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Sheriff Bradshaw defends budget before town task force
Palm Beach Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

But he said a law adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2004 prevents him from reducing the salaries and benefits of employees that are represented by the union. Personnel costs make up 85 percent of his budget. Bradshaw also justified his refusal to ...more »

South Africa's Vavi Plans to Stay at Cosatu, Business Day Says
BloombergMarch 5, 2012

Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, will seek another term as head of the labor union federation when it holds its national congress in September, Business Day reported, citing Vavi.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Public Safety logs, March 1
Wicked LocalMarch 2, 2012

Resident reminded of rules and regulations for burning. He is extinguishing fire at this time. 10:04 pm FD called reporting they are responding to a residence on Windmill Hill Road to check a CO detector activation. L2 reports faulty detector on the ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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'Desperate Housewives' trial begins
USA TODAYMarch 1, 2012

By Mathew Imaging, WireImage Nicollette Sheridan is expected to testify on Thursday in her wrongful termination and battery trial. By Mathew Imaging, WireImage Nicollette Sheridan is expected to testify on Thursday in her wrongful termination and ...more »

Government Employees
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State employees wary of pension plan
Topeka Capital JournalMarch 2, 2012

By AP Public employee groups in Kansas have misgivings about a new legislative proposal for overhauling the state pension system. Their representatives expressed misgivings Friday even though the proposal backs away from starting a 401(k)-style plan ...more »


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