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New letter emerges in Barlow fraud case
Brisbane TimesMarch 1, 2012

There, the Crown dropped seven charges and added seven more, largely changing the wording of accusations against the man charged with carrying out Queensland's largest government fraud. Mr Morehu-Barlow's lawyer, Adam Magill, said outside court his ...more »

Flint Waters
Government TechnologyMarch 1, 2012

At the time, Waters was a police investigator and chief of Wyoming's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He was there to discuss software he developed to track down online predators by identifying computers that were trading child ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Navarrette: Affirmative action? Yes and no
Ventura County StarMarch 3, 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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Canadian Construction Association Strongly Supports the Government of Canada's ...
PR.com (press release)March 5, 2012

Ottawa, Canada, March 05, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was very pleased to learn of the proposed reforms to Canada's immigration system, as outlined by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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UAW readies right-to-work fight
The Detroit NewsMarch 2, 2012

"The UAW has been out in front, advocating for Michigan, that we do a ballot initiative to change the Michigan Constitution to protect workers against corporations and guarantee workers' right to collective bargaining." UAW leaders will meet at the UAW ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Labor group kicks out long-time leader
Inquirer.netMarch 13, 2012

Herrera said the Brussels-based International Trade Union Confederation, which has an Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore, had been investigating the dispute. He said the matter may also be brought to the Department of Labor and Employment, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Enabling Disabled Voters in Indonesia
Jakarta GlobeMarch 2, 2012

Back in the days of Suharto, Indonesia's second and longest-ruling president, people with disabilities were barred from running for parliament by three seemingly innocuous articles in the election law. One required that candidates be of sound mental ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Discrimination at metropark authority?
Hometownlife.comMarch 1, 2012

The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is facing two lawsuits alleging age and race discrimination related to the hiring of its police chief last year. / Hal Gould | Staff Photographer By Lisa Roose-Church Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority police ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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One in eight complains of sexual harassment in the workplace
Cyprus MailMarch 3, 2012

Koutselini noted that 12 per cent of respondents, more than one in eight, complained about sexual harassment in the workplace. The study revealed that this was an issue affecting both men and women with one man for every three women complaining of ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Many Workers Have Savings Below $25K: EBRI
BusinessWeekMarch 13, 2012

By Margaret Collins on March 13, 2012 About 60 percent of US workers said they have less than $25000 in savings and investments, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute survey. Workers' confidence in their ability to retire remains ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Federal appeals court blocks two sections of HB 56
CBS42March 9, 2012

One prohibits undocumented workers from entering into contracts with others and the other prevents them from conducting business transactions. We got reaction from State Senator Scott Beason of Gardendale, one of the driving forces behind the new law.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Community rallies to aid teacher and coach with cancer
Winston-Salem JournalMarch 2, 2012

Barry Williams underwent chemotherapy treatment this week, but Sunday he plans to be marching with friends and family who are trying to raise $30000 to help him with his medical expenses associated with esophageal cancer. "I don't have any words to ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Judge says government can require union posters at work
HeraldNetMarch 3, 2012

The labor board wanted to make failing to put up the posters an automatic unfair labor practice. But Berman Jackson rejected that part of the rule, saying the board must make a specific finding based on the facts and circumstances of each case before ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Latest in mysterious car bombings in Syria kills three
Los Angeles TimesMarch 3, 2012

A "terrorist suicide bomber" detonated the payload at a traffic circle in Dara, killing three civilians and wounding 20 others, including law enforcement personnel, the official Syrian Arab News Service reported. The recent bombings have rattled ...more »

On Cuomo's Gumby Act And Union Contract Talks
New York Daily News (blog)March 2, 2012

Cuomo's Gumby-like flexibility on the issue of pension reform seems to also extend to the prospect of negotiations with unions. During an Albany radio appearance Friday, Cuomo said he's having talks “as we speak” with some labor unions about his ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Area fire crews join mourners
Record-SearchlightMarch 5, 2012

"Mark loved a lot of people; he was loved by a lot of people," said brother-in-law Andy Sager. "He loved his family so much. Always putting other people before himself, that was Mark Ratledge." Engines from Fort Irwin, Novato and Cassel, glinting red ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former employee sues Hammons Hotels for wrongful termination
West Virginia RecordMarch 13, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A former employee is suing John Q. Hammons Hotels after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated after she filed a workers' compensation claim. Chris Torsleff, Ashley Smoak and Melanie Linger were also named as defendants in ...more »

Government Employees
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Mayors, county executives urge pension reform in Albany
Elmira Star-GazetteMarch 1, 2012

Andrew Cuomo's proposal for a new pension tier for new public employees. Public employees' unions are opposing Cuomo's push, arguing that a new pension tier was implemented just two years ago. They said a new pension tier would be another assault on ...more »

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