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Cuts in legal aid would harm those already financially strapped
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

Volunteer lawyers mediate family law cases, provide courthouse-based help for unrepresented litigants, ensure the best interests of disabled wards are met in guardianship matters, and provide free legal support for court-appointed special advocates who ...more »

Restarting the US Capital Machine
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Reforms in Congress, such as the Fincher-Carney Reopening America's Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act, would create a five-year "on-ramp" for smaller companies to comply with certain provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank that ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Fisher v. Texas and the Reasons Why Liberals and Conservatives on the Supreme ...
Justia VerdictMarch 2, 2012

As Mike explained, and as I chronicled in some detail in my first column on the Fisher litigation last year, there are a number of prior Supreme Court cases—Bakke, Croson, Grutter, Parents Involved, and a handful of others — that anyone trying to ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Live Blog: President Obama's Press Conference
WBURMarch 6, 2012

Every American Should Want Immigration Reform: "Speaking substantively, every American should want immigration reform. We have a system that is broken," he said. "We can be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants." Obama said he pushed for ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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The Disruptive Rise of Niche Unions in Germany
Spiegel OnlineMarch 7, 2012

CDU deputy floor leader Michael Fuchs, who is in charge of economic affairs, now wants to see rapid changes to collective bargaining law. "The niche egoism of individual trade unions is causing substantial economic damage," says Fuchs.more »

Labor Disputes
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Still fighting for a penny per pound
Tampabay.comMarch 2, 2012

"The CIW is seeking to negotiate wages and working conditions of employment with the growers and the CIW is trying to drag Publix into these negotiations," she said. "This is a labor dispute and we simply aren't involved. As you know, tomatoes are just ...more »

Rrb Disability
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McDonald's Corp. Sued For Discrimination Against Blind Customers Using Guide Dogs
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

Today in the US District Court in Los Angeles, a blind woman who uses a guide dog, and her fiancée, filed a federal civil rights complaint against McDonald's Corp. including class action allegations on behalf of people with disabilities who use guide ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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For long-unemployed, hiring bias rears its head
The Associated PressMarch 23, 2012

Employers typically would face fines if found violating the law. The Oregon House, for example, voted last month to fine employers $1000 if they post a job ad telling unemployed workers to not apply. Some personnel managers say evidence of ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Sexual harassment bill to cover domestic help
Hindustan TimesMarch 18, 2012

In a move that will benefit about 47.5 lakh women registered as domestic workers in India, the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry has decided to include them under the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010.more »

Employment Contracts
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Practice safe office sex, use contracts
Arizona Daily WildcatMarch 1, 2012

Typically, the only contracts required for romantic relationships are the ones made at the altar. After more than 11000 sexual harassment charges were filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2011, more workplaces started ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants?
KMGH DenverMarch 1, 2012

DENVER -- A plan is under way that would allow illegal immigrants to get a Colorado driver's license. The group “Driver's License For All,” hopes to gather 85000 thousand signatures to get the measure on the November ballot, so voters can decide.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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Court Upholds NLRB Rule on Unions
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

The board won't be able to crack down as aggressively on employers that fail to post the notice, in part because the judge struck down one part of the rule that would punish noncompliant companies with an automatic unfair labor practice charge.more »

Federal Personnel
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Thomas seeks new direction, fires Law
IlliniHQMarch 3, 2012

On Friday, a day after the women's basketball team's season came to an end with a 68-53 loss to Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament, Thomas fired coach Jolette Law, who still had two years remaining on her contract.more »

Labor's Fight Is OUR Fight
Huffington PostMarch 1, 2012

Unions have been fighting the 1% vs 99% fight for more than 100 years. Now the rest of us are learning that this fight is also OUR fight. The story of organized labor has been a story of working people banding together to confront concentrated wealth ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Large Fire Hits Texas Chemical Storage Facility
Firehouse.comMarch 1, 2012

29--Thousands of people, mostly maquiladora workers, were evacuated as the Juarez Fire Department tried to control a huge fire started at a chemical storage, officials said. Law enforcement officials closed Bermudez Industrial Park, near Industrias ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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'Desperate Housewives' Trial; Jury Will Soon Offer Verdict In Nicollette ...
Huffington PostMarch 12, 2012

... mystery and death into the story lines of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," but soon 12 jurors will be the ones supplying suspense for the veteran television writer. Deliberations in actress Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit begin this ...more »

Government Employees
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27 months later, AFGE and SAA reach 'conceptual agreement'
FederalNewsRadio.comMarch 1, 2012

By Michael O'Connell A "conceptual agreement" has been reached between the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the Social Security Administration over the terms of a new national contract, AFGE announced today.more »

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