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Dooger's Warrenton location for lease
Coast River Business JournalMarch 1, 2012

“We have some pad spaces for lease and that's included,” said leasing agent Jeff Olson of Commercial Realty Advisors Northwest. The property at 103 US Hwy. 101 is described on several commercial real estate websites as, “Existing 5000 +/- SF ...more »

Dear 16-Year-Old Me, Don't Go To Law School
Above the LawMarch 1, 2012

Last night we put up a video about law student debt, in which Professor William Birdthistle crunched some numbers regarding whether it's financially wise to go to law school. If you haven't already done so, check it out here.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Supreme Court Accepts Affirmative Action Case
PC The CowlMarch 1, 2012

The Supreme Court recently took on the affirmative-action case of University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies to determine whether they violate the rights of white applicants. In the case of Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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US Needs Immigration Reform
ForbesMarch 3, 2012

One of the biggest disconnects between Main Street USA and Congress is on immigration. If Congress wants the US to remain at the forefront of competitiveness, innovation and productivity, we need immigration reform. Jim Collins, author of “Good to ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Law That Outlawed Local Project Labor ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

29 struck down Michigan's "Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act" (Public Act 98, 2011). The ruling re-establishes the ability of local units of government in Michigan to enter into project labor agreements (PLAs) on public ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Dispute over pension claim governed by Railway Labor Act, not by ERISA
CCHMarch 6, 2012

Instead, the court explained, the parties to this CBA attempted to include disputes within the RLA's dispute resolution process, yet also expressly provide for judicial review of System Board decisions. Parties to a contract cannot avoid the ...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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Missouri School Teacher Claims Discrimination
KTTSMarch 2, 2012

11 ruling by the US Supreme Court that religious employees of a church cannot sue for employment discrimination. Fisher, who had worked at the school for four years, declined to discuss the firing other than to confirm it. The St. Louis Archdiocese ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Corporates in denial mode over sexual harassment at workplace
Deccan HeraldMarch 8, 2012

Corporate organisations are apprehensive about setting up committees against sexual harassment despite Suprem Court guidelines, claim Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and civil rights groups. Parminder Mandip Singh, member secretary DCW said sexual ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Tobago teachers protest over non-appointment
Trinidad NewsMarch 2, 2012

By KARL E CUPID Tobago Bureau Friday, March 2 2012 The Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers' Association (TTUTA) led Tobago teachers in protest action yesterday over the non-appointment of teachers employed on contract within the secondary school ...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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Syrians here worry about family
Buffalo NewsMarch 1, 2012

Dr. Othman Shibly of the University at Buffalo helped organize and spoke at the event, which included a number of the 100 or so Syrians and Syrian-Americans Ñ many in the medical and dental fields Ñ who he estimated live in Western New York.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Watchdog: Labor board member broke ethics rules
BusinessWeekMarch 24, 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.more »

Federal Personnel
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AFP warns alleged armed military personnel operating 'colorum' PUVs
Inquirer.netMarch 5, 2012

AFP spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said in a press briefing Monday that the military “ will never tolerate any personnel of the AFP to be violating laws, any rules and regulations, any policies of the organization.more »

American Airlines Union President Sees Future Without Pensions
In These TimesMarch 5, 2012

By Josh Eidelson Weeks after American Airlines' parent company AMR submitted a bankruptcy proposal to its three unions, labor and management say time is running out to reach negotiated settlements. Any unions that don't reach deals with AMR may have ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Human rights added to draft law
China DailyMarch 5, 2012

By Zhao Yinan (China Daily) BEIJING - A draft amendment to the nation's criminal procedural law, which came under fire for permitting detention without informing family in some cases, has added the principle of protecting human rights to its general ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Hearing set for PDC's Bradley
Porterville RecorderMarch 6, 2012

A five-day wrongful-termination hearing is set to begin next week for a former Porterville Developmental Center (PDC) employee who is claiming he was wrongfully fired after a Tulare County grand jury indicted him two years ago for his alleged role in ...more »

Government Employees
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Support drops for Kan. 401(k)-style plan
Lawrence Journal WorldMarch 5, 2012

Sam Brownback's support has kept alive a proposal to start 401(k)-style pension plan for new Kansas teachers and government workers even as other Republicans in the Legislature lose interest. Public employee groups, their allies and increasingly ...more »


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