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Obituary: Robert Montague, attorney and veteran, dies at 73
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2017

Montague spent the bulk of his legal career practicing securities law and corporate finance at Robins Kaplan after moving the family to the Twin Cities in the mid-1980s and spent much of his career working for Best Buy. That meant a steady diet of late ...more »

Kuwait's new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever imagined
FusionApril 1, 2017

Horrible laws often follow major terrorist attacks. After 9/11, the U.S. Congress passed the Patriot Act. After the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris last year, European powers contemplated sweeping, strikingly bold internet surveillance laws. Following ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative Action in College Admissions
The Michigan ReviewApril 5, 2017

Racial preferences in college admissions are always a contentious topic. Liberals tend to view affirmative action as a way to fix the systemic inequalities resulting from our country's legacy of racial oppression. On the other hand. Conservatives view ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Brown: Advocates say TRUST us, immigrant bill gives no sanctuary
Chicago Sun-TimesApril 3, 2017

Rauner has declared himself a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But the governor has been cautious about spending political capital on immigration issues, especially in the wake of ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Nevada Senate approves principals collective bargaining bill
Las Vegas Review-JournalApril 19, 2017

CARSON CITY — School principals would again be entitled to union bargaining under a bill unanimously approved Tuesday by the Nevada Senate. Senate Bill 493 modifies a collective bargaining law passed by the Republican-controlled 2015 Legislature ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Employers have options handling employees skipping work to engage in political protests
Cook County RecordApril 7, 2017

“The National Labor Relations Board issued a memorandum addressing a wave of strikes related to immigration policy in 2006," Carlozzi said. "The NLRB's General Counsel, Ronald Meisburg, distinguished between political disputes and labor disputes.more »

Rrb Disability
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Wisconsin Court Holds Discharging Employee Because of Misconduct Caused by Disability Can Be Discrimination
The National Law ReviewApril 15, 2017

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that under the “inference method,” if an employee is discharged because of conduct that was a direct result of his or her disability, the discharge is, “in legal effect, because of that disability.” The court did ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Nebraska Starts Debate on LGBT Employee Discrimination Bill
U.S. News & World ReportApril 6, 2017

The debate comes two days after a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that LGBT workers are protected from employment discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Senators who support the bill argue it's a civil rights issue and an economic one.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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The Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Is Looking Worse by the Minute
Slate Magazine (blog)April 3, 2017

News of the settlements, two of which were reached after former Fox Chairman Roger Ailes was ousted after facing a damning internal investigation and his own wave of sexual harassment allegations, gives further credence to the idea that Fox News has no ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Falsifying B/Ls will send driver to slammer
JOC.comApril 17, 2017

Unless this driver has his own registration with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a motor carrier, he couldn't legally haul the loads in his own name, which goes a long way to support your position that he was doing so as your ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Mark Patinkin: Undocumented workers the lifeblood of many businesses
The Providence JournalApril 8, 2017

The owner of a wholesale plant nursery came right out and admitted it — of his 25 employees, a half dozen are undocumented. In other words, illegal immigrants. But like countless business owners across the country, he prefers a different label: essential.more »

Federal Personnel
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Former Perryville, MO principal accused of not reporting allegations of student being raped
KFVSApril 5, 2017

"While confidentiality laws prevent me from commenting about specific personnel, I can say, unequivocally, that our District values the safety of all children above all else. "I can tell you that we follow all state and federal laws for mandated ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Poly Stamou Joins Team at Royal, PC
Business West (blog)April 11, 2017

In addition, she advises unionized employers in matters involving contract interpretation, employee discipline or discharge, and unfair labor practice charges, and advises non-union clients on developing the best practices for maintaining a union-free ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire protection district heads to a vote
Black Hills PioneerApril 6, 2017

“According to state law, the fire protection district has to be formed before you can elect an board to run the tax district; before you can negotiate any contracts for that tax district. So you start backwards,” Draine said. “Normally you are going to ...more »

A reborn American labor movement is coming—if unions are bold enough to change
QuartzApril 6, 2017

The first documented labor union in North America was the Boston Shoemakers Union, which formed in 1648. Well before then, workers organized themselves upon landing in the American colonies. As a result, many different kinds of labor organizations ...more »

Government Employees
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Twitter files lawsuit over US government attempt to identify users behind anti-Trump account
Fox NewsApril 6, 2017

“Like other accounts of this sort, @ALT_USCIS claims to be run by one or more current government employees—in this case, employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services,” Twitter says, in its suit. “And as with other such accounts ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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RC company to pay up for wrongful termination
KELO AM-FMApril 18, 2017

Rapid City, S.D. (KELO AM) - A South Dakota Air National Guardsman has won a wrongful termination settlement with her employer. According to the Justice Department, Staff Sergeant Amber Ishmael will receive $3,000 in back pay after BioFusion Medical ...more »

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