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Can a court force jurors to turn over Facebook posts about a trial?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 1, 2012

Now, thanks to a case in California state appellate court, we're going to get some guidance on how far a court can go to discover just what a juror is telling his "friends" and "followers." Next month, the Third Appellate District of the California ...more »

Bill will grant benefits to Guard vets
Las Cruces Sun-NewsMarch 1, 2012

Susana Martinez said she righted a wrong Wednesday by signing a bill that expands New Mexico's definition of military veterans. The measure will enable the state to offer a small break on property taxes to those who served for at least six consecutive ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative inaction
Indian ExpressMarch 7, 2012

The suicide of a first-year reserved category student at AIIMS serves as a tragic reminder that reservations do not equal affirmative action. The death of Anil Kumar Meena, who was bright enough to get into one of the most selective educational ...more »

Government Employees
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Listen Now! Proposal to Change Federal Poultry Inspection Discussed on "Inside ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 6, 2012

By American Federation of Government Employees WASHINGTON, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tune in now to AFGE's "Inside Government" to learn about a proposal by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to partially privatize ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Now that Stand Up for Democracy, a group trying to place the repeal of ...
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

It is clear that the law is unconstitutional. The provision authorizing unilateral termination of collective bargaining agreements violates the contracts clause of the US Constitution. An authority on constitutional issues involving bankruptcy -- UCLA ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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OUR OPINION: Kong case highlights need for immigration reform
Wicked LocalMarch 3, 2012

6 raid on his Careswell Street home, which came nearly 20 years after he missed a hearing to get a green card. And he's right. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were following the law when they took him into custody and began proceedings ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Ward and committee at odds over Adidas strategy
UW Badger HeraldMarch 12, 2012

By Katie Caron A University of Wisconsin shared governance committee and Interim Chancellor David Ward continued to stand at odds over the university's approach to resolving a labor rights dispute with Adidas in a meeting on Friday.more »

Discipline/Suspension
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REPEAT: OFL Media Conference: Vulnerable Workers Speak Out Against Workplace ...
Business Review Australia (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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CA Employment Lawyer: Oregon's Sheltered Workshops for Disabled Under Fire
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)March 2, 2012

The California employment lawyers at Keller Grover LLP, who advocate for employee rights, including those of disabled workers, report that a class action lawsuit has been filed that alleges these sheltered workshops are in violation of federal law.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Judge Dismisses Former Covington Staff Attorney's Discrimination Suit
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)March 7, 2012

... to meet her burden for claiming discrimination and unlawful retaliation. The firm, Walton wrote, “has asserted a legitimate, nonretaliatory reason for every allegedly retaliatory adverse employment action the plaintiff claims she was subjected to.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Paula Deen, brother being sued for sexual harassment, report says
Fox NewsMarch 5, 2012

Lisa Jackson, who was the manager for Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah from 2005-2010, is suing Deen and Hiers after claiming Hiers brought “inescapable pornography” to the workplace all the time, visited pornographic websites on the ...more »

Employment Contracts
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UVa living wage campaign breaks hunger strike, vows to 'escalate' action in ...
WSLSMarch 2, 2012

Strikers were trying to draw attention to their demands for a minimum wage of $13 for university workers and parity for workers at the school employed by companies that UVa contracts with. They met twice with university officials, but achieved little ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Actvitists for Northlake's undocumented call for support
Franklin Park HeraldMarch 19, 2012

By Michael Sean Comerford Contributor March 19, 2012 1:56PM Undocumented immigrants Janeth and Omar Vazquez talk about their plight in advance of the "Coming Out of the Shadows" Rally. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media Angered by what they call the overly ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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MA Attorney Alleges Retaliation after Paternity Leave
HR.BLR.comMarch 7, 2012

10-12155-NMG (1/6/12). Point to remember: While employees are protected from discrimination based on their own disability, the court said state law does not protect non-handicapped employees based on their association with a handicapped person.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Fairbanks teacher contract talks inch forward
Fairbanks Daily News-MinerMarch 7, 2012

Negotiations were stalled for more than a month when the district filed an unfair labor charge with the Alaska Labor Relations Agency against the teachers union. In February, the FEA filed an unfair labor practice against the district.more »

Federal Personnel
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Thousands to attend service for slain WA trooper
The Seattle TimesMarch 1, 2012

A procession of law enforcement and emergency services personnel is set to start a memorial for slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu (rad-ihl-EHS'-kyoo). The Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article.more »

NH House to vote on collective bargaining bills
Boston.comMarch 3, 2012

By Garrett Brnger AP / March 3, 2012 CONCORD, NH—A reincarnation of last year's right-to-work bill is at the head of a deluge of legislation hitting the House next week to restrict public union bargaining powers. The House votes Wednesday on the batch ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Calif. wildlife official under fire for puma hunt
The Associated PressMarch 3, 2012

"While I respect our Fish and Game rules and regulations, my 100-percent legal activity out of California, or anyone else's for that matter, is none of your business," Richards wrote. In a radio interview on a conservative talk show in Los Angeles, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former officer heads to arbitration with city concerning firing
The Newark AdvocateMarch 1, 2012

NEWARK -- Former Newark Police Officer Bobby Hartless will proceed to arbitration with the city concerning allegations of his wrongful termination. Newark Human Resources Director Mike Buskirk said he received word from the Fraternal Order of Police ...more »

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