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DE education officials submit federal flexibility application
WGMD RadioMarch 1, 2012

Delaware education officials have been invited to apply for federal flexibility from some requirements of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act. The invitation comes from President Obama and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – and the ...more »

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Calls on Investors Who Suffered Losses in Excess of ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) Metabolix's 'Telles' joint venture with ADM would not meet the project's commercial phase benchmark as early as ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Advantages of affirmative action still needed
San Antonio ExpressMarch 2, 2012

The United States Supreme Court once again has agreed to revisit the touchy subject of affirmative action. This particular case is a continuation of a suit filed by Abigail Fisher, a white student who claims she was denied admission to the University ...more »

Government Employees
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Commentary: Few state employees get to vote for their union
The Detroit NewsMarch 1, 2012

Documents recently acquired by the Mackinac Center from the Michigan Employment Relations Commission reveal that very few government employees are given the opportunity to vote to maintain, remove or replace their union in any given year.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Manatee County may be the first school district in the state to have two ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 6, 2012

McGonegal and the other three board members -- Bob Gause, Barbara Harvey and Harry Kinnan -- said Aranibar and Carpenter were changing the stance they expressed during collective bargaining discussions, which by law are required to be held in ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Campaign Ad 2012: Sponsored By Federation For American Immigration Reform
Washington PostMarch 2, 2012

Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area. This commenter is a Washington Post editor, reporter or producer. Post Forum members consistently offer thought-provoking, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Controversial Benefit Reforms Get Go-Ahead
Sky NewsMarch 1, 2012

It means a £26000-a-year household benefit cap will become law along with measures to replace existing entitlements with a single "universal credit". But changes to welfare rules have left disabled people living in fear of being forced from their homes ...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 »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Request to release investigation of Oneida Police Department denied
Oneida DispatchMarch 1, 2012

A Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the city by The Dispatch Tuesday was denied. The request asked for copies of the four-page summation of the investigation's findings and the 15-page report of the investigation.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Credit Suisse trader loses employment tribunal
Telegraph.co.ukMarch 2, 2012

But an employment tribunal dismissed his complaints for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, saying that Mr Mohamedali was “not a reliable witness”. It found that Mr Mohamadeli was dismissed for gross misconduct and not because he was ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Feds unveil reform-minded immigration facility in South Texas
Corpus Christi Caller TimesMarch 13, 2012

Undocumented workers have rights too and should be treated with dignity and respect as fellow human beings first and foremost. With nice facilities like this, their first impression of the United States will be one of open arms and welcoming, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Binding arbitration pitched in Olympic Medical Center talks
Peninsula DailyMarch 4, 2012

By Rob Ollikainen PORT ANGELES — If Olympic Medical Center won't reopen contract talks with Service Employees International Union Healthcare 1199NW, the union's president said she is willing to go to binding arbitration as state Rep.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Judge: Gov't can require union posters at work
Sacramento BeeMarch 3, 2012

By SAM HANANEL AP WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. But US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Working Parents Need Protections Now
Huffington Post (blog)March 4, 2012

While partisan rancor in Congress undermines the possibility of passing legislation any time soon that would require employers to offer a minimum number of paid sick days, or create a national insurance program for paid family and medical leave, ...more »

Labor negotiations between LePage administration, union going to trial
Bangor Daily NewsMarch 8, 2012

Robert F. Bukaty | AP By Eric Russell, BDN Staff AUGUSTA, Maine — A drawn-out battle between the LePage administration and one of the state's biggest labor unions is headed to court. The director of Maine's Labor Relations Board this week denied a ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Educators could be included in fix to overtime calculation for retirement
Gadsden TimesMarch 2, 2012

Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, said bills by Sens. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, and Billy Beasley, D-Clayton, will be discussed Wednesday to create an equitable basis for overtime earnings ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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'Desperate Housewives' Creator Says He 'Tapped' Actress Nicolette Sheridan on Head
Patch.comMarch 5, 2012

Sheridan, 48, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in April 2010, alleging battery and wrongful termination against Cherry and Touchstone Television Productions. By City News Service Nicollette Sheridan arrives in court where she will be taking the ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Charges in burning of 3500-year-old Fla tree
Albany Times UnionMarch 1, 2012

The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/yidEHC ) reports that Barnes also took photos of the fire with her cellphone. The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement searched Barnes' Winter Park home Tuesday and confiscated her cellphone and laptop.more »

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