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Cuts in legal aid would harm those already financially strapped
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

Volunteer lawyers mediate family law cases, provide courthouse-based help for unrepresented litigants, ensure the best interests of disabled wards are met in guardianship matters, and provide free legal support for court-appointed special advocates who ...more »

Cody couple troubled by violence, debt, divorce
Cody EnterpriseMarch 1, 2012

26 has had previous trouble with the law, according to court records. The couple were also apparently struggling with medical bills and had been on the cusp of divorce. After a brief manhunt, Myron Friday, 28, was arrested Feb.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Ruben Navarrette: A new challenge to affirmative action
The Salinas CalifornianMarch 1, 2012

I support soft forms of affirmative action, such as outreach efforts or attempts to advertise in minority communities. But I oppose hard racial preferences, as when a university sets a numerical quota or puts minority applications in a separate pile.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Appeals Court Blocks Controversial Sections of Tough Alabama Immigration Law
Feet in Two WorldsMarch 9, 2012

(Photo: Reform Immigration For America) A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two key sections of Alabama's immigration law, HB 56. Thursday's ruling came the same week that thousands of Latinos marched with African American leaders to ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Manatee County school board attorney clarifies legal issues
Bradenton HeraldMarch 3, 2012

309 (1) requires that the superintendent “consult with, and attempt to represent the views of” the School Board in the collective bargaining process. Section 447.605 (1) provides that “all discussions” between the superintendent and School Board ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Tag Archive | "HB 1115"
Sunshine SlateMarch 2, 2012

The bill arose out of a case in Duval County, where an Orange Park group called Professional Educators Network (PEN) was recruiting teachers and was challenged in a labor dispute before the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC).more »

Rrb Disability
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Legislation needed to protect the rights of disabled people
OnMedicaMarch 1, 2012

A Parliamentary committee has today called for freestanding legislation to protect the rights of disabled people to live independently. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today published its report on the implementation of the right of disabled...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Workplace Discrimination Rollback Heads to Governor's Desk
OzarksFirst.comMarch 8, 2012

With 23 Republicans voting in favor of the bill and eight Democrats against it, the Senate approved a measure that would force employees suing for discrimination to prove that their protected status was the motivating cause in their discrimination...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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California physician assistant wins $168 million in harassment suit
Los Angeles TimesMarch 2, 2012

Ari Chopourian told of sexually inappropriate conduct, bullying and retaliation at a Sacramento hospital. The award is believed to be the largest for a single victim of workplace harassment in US history. "I have never seen an environment so hostile ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Singapore maids granted day of rest
Radio AustraliaMarch 7, 2012

But the changes will only come into effect for new contracts from January 2013. For maids who are currently in employment, that benefit will only apply on the renewal of their contract. SABAPATHY: Singaporeans who employ some 206000 foreign maids ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Big push for immigration bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerMarch 1, 2012

Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger Supporters of the Alabama-style proposed immigration legislation argued at a Capitol news conference Wednesday that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from Mississippians, bloating the state's 10.4 percent unemployment ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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After Syria Escape, French Reporters Leave Beirut
ABC NewsMarch 2, 2012

"They were taken in by the French Embassy in Beirut and everything is being done to ensure their medical care and their repatriation as soon as possible," Juppe said. On Thursday, videos released by activists in Syria said Colvin and Ochlik were buried ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Court Backs NLRB Adoption of Notice Rule But Blocks Board Enforcement of Sanctions
Bloomberg BNAMarch 6, 2012

Key Holding: NLRB notice regulation is upheld generally, but unfair labor practice and equitable tolling provisions are unenforceable. Next Steps: The rule is set to go into effect April 30, but one plaintiff already has announced it will appeal the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Appeals Court Directs Sheriff Hammond To End Pay Disparity Among Sergeants
The ChattanooganMarch 1, 2012

There has been a move to reduce these protections from other governmental employees by Governor Haslam. This case had been followed by all law enforcement officers and law enforcement officer groups in Tennessee. "Law enforcement officers simply desire ...more »

Labor unions aim to repair tense division over Obama's rejection of pipeline
In-ForumMarch 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Trade unions representing workers who stand ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Charges in burning of 3500-year-old Fla tree
Houston ChronicleMarch 3, 2012

The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/yidEHC ) reports that Barnes also took photos of the fire with her cellphone. The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement searched Barnes' Winter Park home Tuesday and confiscated her cellphone and laptop.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Woman accuses Liberty Candy of wrongful termination
West Virginia RecordMarch 7, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County woman is suing Liberty Candy Co. after she claims it wrongfully terminated her employment for filing a workers' compensation claim. Debbie Schmitt was employed by the defendant for about 11 years, according to a complaint ...more »

Government Employees
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Michigan House bill would require posting of all government salaries, but not ...
The Saginaw News - MLive.comMarch 6, 2012

By Dave Murray | dmurray@mlive.com Dave Murray | MLive Media GroupHouse Oversight, Ethics and Reform Committee members adopted a substitute version of a transparency bill that doesn't force municipalities to publish names.more »

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