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Alumni take law into own hands over jobs 'hype'
Times Higher EducationMarch 1, 2012

So unhappy, in fact, that 15 law schools are currently facing lawsuits for fraud, unfair competition and false advertising. Among those being sued are Albany Law School, DePaul University College of Law and New York Law School. "The numbers reported by ...more »

Carbon pricing - what does it mean for the property sector?
Clayton UtzMarch 1, 2012

It may be that the lease provisions permit changes to the lease arising from changes in law. Alternatively, special legislative provisions such as retail leases legislation may prohibit such changes. What should building owners do before entering a new ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Washington duo behind a Texas affirmative action case
Washington PostMarch 4, 2012

University of Texas at Austin, which could eliminate affirmative action in college admissions. Abigail Fisher, a white student, sued the university in 2008 after being denied entry to the freshman class, saying the school's use of race in admissions ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Canada Immigration Reform: Jason Kenney Vows To Trim Backlog
Huffington Post CanadaMarch 7, 2012

OTTAWA - Major changes to the immigration system could include erasing a massive backlog of applications, the minister in charge said Wednesday. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said all options are on the table when it comes to modernizing the ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Repealing collective bargaining limits
Wisconsin Radio NetworkMarch 9, 2012

(Act 10). It's likely nothing more than a symbolic effort; even so, two lawmakers are calling for a reversal of Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining law. State Senator Fred Risser, Wisconsin's longest-serving legislator, remembers implementing ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Michaels Disputes Claims That Current OSHA Is More Aggressive Than Its ...
Bloomberg BNAMarch 15, 2012

David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, and his top deputies told the American Bar Association March 14 that OSHA is always striving to improve but it has not gotten fundamentally more aggressive against ...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 »

Employment & Discrimination
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Engineering labourer loses claim for disability discrimination
Redditch AdvertiserMarch 4, 2012

AN engineering firm has won in a disability tribunal brought by a former Redditch-based employee. Laranca Engineering, of Earlswood, a specialist manufacturing firm, had originally lost a preliminary hearing in December 2011 brought by former ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Pittsburgh hospital shooter was gifted, troubled student
USA TODAYMarch 11, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The man who police say fatally shot a medical worker and wounded six other people at a psychiatric clinic was a gifted, hardworking student at one school yet was banned from another for harassing female students, school officials said ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Fight on as wharfies made redundant 7, 2012

Almost 300 Auckland port workers have been sacked, while an employment law specialist says they should look to Labour for political support. Laura Westbrook reports. Auckland Maritime Union workers picket on Tamaki Drive after hearing hundreds have ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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AG Eric Schneiderman Will "Never Ask Your Immigration Status" In Employment Beefs
Village Voice (blog)March 13, 2012

13 2012 at 1:31 PM ​If you're an illegal immigrant working in New York, you've got a friend in a pretty high place: the New York Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman penned an op-ed yesterday, in which he vows to "never ask ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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ALM's Law Journal Press Publishes New Book Offering Legal Guidance on Family...
Review seeker (press release)March 1, 2012

29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALM's Law Journal Press, a leading publisher of print and digital publications for legal professionals, today announced the release of a new book, Family & Medical Leave and the Law, co-authored by Megan P. Norris and James ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Federal Court Rubberstamps Obama NLRB Rule to Push More Workers into Union Ranks
National Right to Work Foundation (blog)March 2, 2012

The judge ruled that, if an employer fails to post the notice, it can be found to have committed an unfair labor practice and that fact can be used as evidence of "anti-union animus" in other cases in which an employer is accused of violating federal ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Lawyer who spotted broker fraud rewarded with SEC ordeal
InvestmentNewsMarch 5, 2012

In dropping the case, the commissioners didn't explain when a compliance officer or in-house counsel at a broker-dealer or investment adviser becomes a supervisor liable for an employee's actions. Without knowing where their responsibilities lie, ...more »

Trade Union Group, ANC Ally, Holds Strikes in South Africa
New York TimesMarch 8, 2012

JOHANNESBURG — Tens of thousands of South Africans marched in the streets of the nation's major cities on Wednesday in a national strike called by Cosatu, the powerful group of trade unions, a crucial ally of the governing African National Congress ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Emergency manager law under more fire
Traverse City Record EagleMarch 1, 2012

AP Associated Press LANSING — Emergency managers appointed by the state to run Michigan's financially struggling cities and schools soon could lose much of their sweeping power, at least temporarily, as an effort to overturn a controversial law moved ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Ex-librarian's lawsuit dredges up town's humiliation
The Detroit NewsMarch 5, 2012

Sally Stern, a local librarian fired for writing "The Library Diaries," filed a wrongful termination complaint in US District Court in Grand Rapids. It was settled last month with Stern receiving $57000. The lawsuit stirred painful memories in the ...more »

Government Employees
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Over 160000 govt employees absent before official holidays More than 21000 ...
Arab Times Kuwait English DailyMarch 1, 2012

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 29: More than 160000 employees working in the government sector were absent from work before the official holidays, reports Al-Jaridah daily quoting reliable sources. According to the same sources, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in ...more »


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