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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Defining affirmative action
Anniston StarMarch 4, 2012

22): Some years ago, while my son was in basic training, he asked me, “What is affirmative-action”? I told him that it's government-sponsored discrimination. Upon his graduation, he and a friend were the top two in achievements to be named soldier of ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Canada's Aussie rules immigration reform
Macleans.caMarch 1, 2012

Most changes mentioned by Kenney are inspired by the Australian immigration system. Mikal Skuterud, an economist at the University of Waterloo quoted in The Globe article, says such changes could effectively mean Canada would favour young immigrants, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Full NFL statement into 'bounty' program run by New Orleans Saints
NOLA.comMarch 2, 2012

Non-contract bonuses violate both the NFL Constitution and By-Laws and the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Clubs are advised every year of this rule in a memo from the commissioner. Citing Sections 9.1(C)(8), and 9.3(F) and (G) of the Constitution and ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Economist disputes 'urban myth' that unemployment rate falls because jobless ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 8, 2012

By Kevin G. Hall WASHINGTON – New research challenges the conventional wisdom that the unemployment rate is falling because workers have given up looking for a job and have exited the labor force, and that the rate likely will climb again once these ...more »

Rrb Disability
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HUD accuses Bank of America of discrimination
Legal News LineMarch 1, 2012

It is illegal, according the federal Fair Housing Act, to discriminate against individuals with disabilities in the terms and conditions of a loan. This includes using different application or qualification criteria. This same law makes it illegal to ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Legal Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace
U.S. Politics TodayMarch 1, 2012

In addition to federal pregnancy discrimination laws, most states provide additional protections. In California, for example, under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, pregnancy discrimination in application for and holding employment is part of ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Burnaby MLA introduces act against workplace bullying
Burnaby NowMarch 1, 2012

"Workplace bullying is a massive issue affecting workers in every sector of the province," said Chouhan, the NDP's labour critic. "It hurts workers and it is bad for business." The act targets on-the-job harassment and attempts to provide better ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Board OKs contracts with employment centers
Stillwater GazetteMarch 3, 2012

... and laid off workers on the center's waiting list and the Wisconsin WorkForce Resource will offer employment and training services to laid off Andersen Windows workers under separate agreements approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.more »

Undocumented Workers
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Three charged with disrupting immigration hearing
News & ObserverMarch 1, 2012

RALEIGH -- Three immigrants from Mexico wearing T-shirts that said "Undocumented and Unafraid" were arrested at a immigration hearing on Wednesday. They have been charged with disorderly conduct after a demonstration during a House of Representatives ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Bills On Gender Identity, Guaranteed Medical Leave Advance In State House
CBS LocalMarch 1, 2012

The Illinois Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees a 12-week, unpaid medical leave for anyone in a civil union who needs to care for his or her legal partner, parent, or child under the age of 18, the Phoenix explained. The Civil Law Committee voted ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Watchdog: Labor board member broke ethics rules
The Associated PressMarch 23, 2012

The NLRB oversees union elections and enforces unfair labor practices. Its five board members — three Democrats and two Republicans — function much like judges on an appeals court, hearing cases and issuing legal decisions. The 13-page report does ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Lawmakers, local govt workers must accept cuts in pay
The Daily YomiuriMarch 2, 2012

A special temporary law to reduce the salaries of central government employees has come into being at long last, thanks to the enactment of a lawmaker-sponsored bill based on an agreement between the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic ...more »

NH House to vote on collective bargaining bills
Boston.comMarch 3, 2012

By Garrett Brnger AP / March 3, 2012 CONCORD, NH—A reincarnation of last year's right-to-work bill is at the head of a deluge of legislation hitting the House next week to restrict public union bargaining powers. The House votes Wednesday on the batch ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Hochul under fire for town meeting comments
The Daily News OnlineMarch 1, 2012

Congresswoman Kathleen C. Hochul is coming under fire from conservatives nationwide after saying last week that the federal government was ''not looking to the Constitution'' under a new Obama administration requirement that religiously affiliated ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Trial begins in 'Desperate Housewives' firing case
Santa Maria TimesMarch 1, 2012

... 2012 3:47 pm | (0) Comments Nicollette Sheridan was fired from "Desperate Housewives" for standing up to the series' creator after he struck her in the head, her attorney said Wednesday during opening statements in her wrongful termination trial.more »

Government Employees
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Dayton praises efforts of public employees
Workday MinnesotaMarch 1, 2012

PAUL - While dozens of bills attacking public employee rights and compensation await action at the state Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton stepped forward to thank the workers who provide the services in Minnesota's public schools and communities.more »


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