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Supreme Court reaffirms pro-arbitration stance
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

In Compucredit Corp v Greenwood the Supreme Court held that claims brought under the Credit Repair Organisations Act are arbitrable and that arbitration agreements subject to the act must be enforced.(1) While Compucredit concerned domestic ...more »

Dedicated to Social Media, Part II: InterContinental Hotels Group.
4HoteliersMarch 1, 2012

... they share a common to dedication to social media and to keeping pace with the changing tastes and behavior of travelers. Like Sartori, Charles Yap's reputation precedes him. As Director of Global Brand Communications at IHG, he is a serial tweeter ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action, admission preferences being challenged in court
TCU 360March 1, 2012

More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday heard a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit ...more »

Government Employees
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Watchdogs Target Insurance Brokers Cashing In On Lucrative Government Work
NJ SpotlightMarch 1, 2012

Essex County's $756450 in fees were paid without proper authorization because the Essex County Board of Freeholders failed to pass a resolution in 2009 renewing the no-bid contract that has been held by Conner Strong for the past 14 years, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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NH House faces host of issues after taking last week off
NewHampshire.comMarch 5, 2012

The full House is expected to vote on bills concerning collective bargaining, abortion, the early release of prison inmates, decriminalizing marijuana and a requirement that students stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, among many other measures.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Liberals Need to Choose: Welfare State or Immigration
Huffington PostMarch 2, 2012

Overcoming the costs of the welfare state is the biggest challenge faced by proponents of immigration reform. The perception that immigrants use and abuse the welfare state is prevalent just about anywhere you look. Many voters and politicians believe ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Worker Rights Get Promotional Drive
Wall Street JournalMarch 22, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board will focus on workers' rights to engage in "protected concerted activity," which allow two or more employees to take action for their mutual aid or protection, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce said in an interview.more »

Discipline/Suspension
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REPEAT: OFL Media Conference: Vulnerable Workers Speak Out Against Workplace ...
Marketwire (press release)March 6, 2012

During a three-year campaign to bring a union to three Novotel hotel properties in Toronto and Ottawa, several workers have faced discipline, suspension and even termination after speaking in support of the union. Two of these workers, Hossein Matubber ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability act could ease budget cuts, says diversity officer
Cape Breton PostMarch 4, 2012

Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Regional Municipality's diversity officer sees a disability law as the answer to potential education and transportation funding shortfalls across the province. “I think with the current cuts we ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Archdiocese defends firing of gay St. Louis County teacher
STLtoday.comMarch 4, 2012

In January, in a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court ruled for the first time that religious employees of a religious organization cannot sue for employment discrimination, giving the organizations broad powers over those employees.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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workplace harassment
NPRMarch 2, 2012

It will be appealed, but Ani Chopourian's judgment against a hospital where she worked is thought to be the largest in US history for a single victim.more »

Employment Contracts
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Australia AI Group/CBA Services Contracts For 4 Of Last 5 Mos
MNI NewsMarch 4, 2012

Inventories fell 4.9 points to 46.8, sales eased 1.9 points to 47.5 and employment fell 3.6 points to 47.5. Among price components, selling prices fell 2.7 to 44.2 to drop to a one-year low, input prices eased 5.0 points but wages showed little ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Slain ICE agent was subject of complaints, court documents show
Boston HeraldMarch 3, 2012

The action resulted in the arrest of 43 workers. Jennie Pasquarella wrote to agency officials in August 2010, asserting that Garcia had threatened to detain undocumented workers who refused to answer questions without their lawyers.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Midwest twisters leave 10 dead
Topeka Capital JournalMarch 1, 2012

Back in Harrisburg, the winds were strong enough to blow the walls off some rooms at the local medical center, leaving disheveled beds and misplaced furniture. The staff had enough warning to move the most endangered patients. Then they heard the walls ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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D.C. Court Issues Split Decision in NLRB Notice Case
JD Supra (press release)March 7, 2012

The Rule states that failure to post the notice could have three adverse affects: (1) it could be considered an unfair labor practice under Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA; (2) failure to post the required notice could toll the six-month statute of ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Emergency planning is goal of law enforcement, BOE
Williamson Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

By RACHEL C. DOVE VARNEY - To plan and prepare in order to have a better understanding and a clear definition on exactly what role law enforcement, EMS personnel, area fire departments, teachers and the students themselves would play should an ...more »

Union Ire Grows As AMR Pushes For New Contracts
Aviation WeekMarch 1, 2012

“The Railway Labor Act provides specialized procedures for peaceful resolution of labor contracts in the airline industry, and the conflict between the bankruptcy code and the Railway Labor Act's requirements has not been thoroughly adjudicated,” says ...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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Nurse sues Sunrise Children's Hospital, alleges wrongful termination, defamation
Las Vegas Review - JournalMarch 10, 2012

... a Sunrise Children's Hospital nurse fired in connection with a 2010 baby death in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, filed suit Friday against the hospital and five of its executives, charging that she has was wrongfully terminated and defamed.more »

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