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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

The Nightly Turbo: Phil Hellmuth Wins at LAPC, FS+G Files for Bankruptcy, and More
PokerNews.comMarch 1, 2012

In this edition, Phil Hellmuth wins a poker tournament (finally), Federated Sports + Gaming files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and more. Bwin.party is one of many gaming operators preparing for legalized poker in the US In the latest edition of The ...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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Numbers Show Obama's Lack of Commitment on Immigration Enforcement
Heritage.orgMarch 1, 2012

By Matt Mayer President Barack Obama commented on Univision radio that, with a second term, he would get immigration reform “done.” The last attempt at immigration reform occurred in 2007 when President George W. Bush failed due to the perception that ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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DA Files Motion For High Court To Recuse Gableman, Rehear Act 10 Case
WISC MadisonMarch 1, 2012

... he accepted free legal services from prominent Wisconsin law firm Michael, Best & Friedrich, which represented the state of Wisconsin in the legal fight over Act 10. Act 10 is the contentious law that made changes to collective bargaining rights ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Houston Insurance Claims Lawyer Says 2011 Natural Disasters Can Lead to 2012 ...
Houston ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

Wyly said businesses and homeowners don't have to tolerate such treatment. “Our law helps Texans fight for proper responses to first-party insurance claims involving residential property damage, commercial property losses and natural disaster claims,” ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Member of Christie's developmental center task force speaks out: Closing ...
newjerseynewsroom.comMarch 5, 2012

BY SALVATORE PIZZURO Public Law 2011, c. 143, established a "Task Force on the Closure of State Developmental Centers." In essence the Task Force was created as the Governor's tool for the closing of the State's Centers for the Developmentally Disabled...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Sandra Fluke pushed for 'sexual reassignment' surgery as well
Catholic OnlineMarch 6, 2012

In an article that Fluke co-edited with Karen Hu in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, entitled "Employment Discrimination Against LGBTQ Persons," there is a subsection of the article entitled "Employment Discrimination in Provision of ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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California Woman Awarded $168 Million In Workplace Harassment Case
North Country Public RadioMarch 2, 2012

A California woman's nearly $168 million award from a jury is "believed to be the largest for a single victim of workplace harassment in US history," the Los Angeles Times reports. Ani Chopourian, 45, who was a physician's assistant at Mercy General ...more »

Employment Contracts
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MYR Group Inc. Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

In addition, 2010 included a $1.6 million reduction in salary expense due to the one-time elimination of a severance liability as a result of amending the employment agreements of six executive officers. As a percentage of revenues, these expenses ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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10 Facts You Need to Know About Immigrant Women
New America Media (blog)March 8, 2012

The everyday portrayal of today's immigrants generally features a single Hispanic male who is here illegally. In fact, immigrant women in the United States (documented and undocumented combined) comprise more than half of all immigrants and play a ...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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Union: Kamenetz pension bill sidesteps labor negotiations
Baltimore SunMarch 8, 2012

A union that represents hundreds of public workers in Baltimore County is threatening to file an unfair labor practices complaint against the county, saying a pension bill introduced by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz attempts to sidestep ongoing ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Connecticut lawmakers seek overhaul of law meant to monitor racial profiling ...
Post-ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

He said they want a law passed that has teeth, is effective and protects everyone. Diaz said the collection, analysis and interpretation of the seldom reported traffic stop data by the African American Affairs Commission was undermined by a lack of ...more »

Labor unionist says prison sentence continuation of old regime practices
Daily News EgyptMarch 5, 2012

The verdict issued in absentia by the Helwan Misdemeanor Court found Abbas, general coordinator of the Center for Trade Unions and Worker's Services (CTUWS), guilty of “insulting a public officer.” Abbas faced this accusation after he interrupted ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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E-Cigarettes Draw Fire From Legislatures
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

By MIKE ESTERL A growing number of states are taking aim at electronic cigarettes in the absence of federal regulations, intensifying a public-health debate over the fast-growing alternative to traditional cigarettes. Lawmakers in more than half a ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Parents Get $2.9M in Down Syndrome Girl 'Wrongful Birth' Suit
ABC News (blog)March 11, 2012

Ariel and Deborah Levy of Portland, Ore., filed a “wrongful birth” lawsuit against Legacy Health System, claiming that they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known they would have a special-needs child. The Levys said the doctors were ...more »

Government Employees
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Staff Strike Disrupts Hospitals
AllAfrica.comMarch 2, 2012

By Ramadhan Rajab, 2 March 2012 Medical services in government hospitals countrywide were severely disrupted yesterday when nurses and paramedical staff went on strike. Victor Omollo died at the Kisumu District Hospital as the nurses watched.more »

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