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Gilmer MirrorFebruary 1, 2017

Jan. 12, 2017 — LUFKIN, Texas — As tax season in Texas approaches, have you considered brushing up on tax laws regarding timberland properties? There are many favorable tax provisions affecting timber transactions and an upcoming workshop aims to ...more »

Following $23.1 M settlement in Texas cattle fraud case, TSCRA ranger warns ranchers to protect themselves
Fence PostFebruary 1, 2017

Tony Lyon's days of cattle fraud schemes may finally be coming to an end, but his case serves as a strong warning for producers to protect what's theirs, be thorough in vetting new business partners and to take extra steps to safeguard their cattle ...more »

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Collective Bargaining
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UNI, UI unions: Iowa regents dragging feet on bargaining
Iowa City Press CitizenFebruary 4, 2017

The union representing faculty members at the University of Northern Iowa has accused the Iowa Board of Regents of trying to run out the clock when it comes to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Trump Picks Anti-Choice Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
AlterNetFebruary 1, 2017

Gorsuch, despite a reportedly mild-mannered temperament, is known for his anti-choice and anti-LGBT stances, pro-employer rulings in labor disputes, anti-regulatory attitudes, dismissal of scientific expertise, and pro-police bias in brutality cases ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Protest planned for Brockton City Hall over discriminatory hiring
Enterprise NewsFebruary 2, 2017

A group of protesters plan to show up at Brockton City Hall on Thursday night to voice their frustrations over hiring practices for taxpayer-funded positions. A jury delivered a guilty verdict to the city of Brockton on Monday in a case of employment ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Judge throws out more than 1000 disability lawsuits
Business InsuranceFebruary 22, 2017

An Arizona state court judge has dismissed out more than 1,000 “frivolous” lawsuits against small business filed by a “serial litigator” that charged their parking lots did not comply with the state's disability law. Arizona Attorney General Mark ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Feds' consultations on sex harassment, violence in workplace underway
rdnewsnow.comFebruary 23, 2017

TORONTO — Canadians who want to offer the federal government their views on, or share their experiences about, sexual harassment or violence in the workplace have one more week to fill in an online survey on the topics. Launched on Valentine's Day, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Facebook has us talking about caregiving, bereavement leave
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 12, 2017

A 2015 Department of Labor document, meanwhile, said that 12 percent of U.S. private sector workers have access to paid family leave. The Family Medical Leave Act provides unpaid leave and protects employees' jobs for 12 weeks under certain conditions, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Orlando woman gets 18 months in undocumented worker scheme
Orlando SentinelFebruary 23, 2017

An Orlando woman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for wire fraud and for operating as an unlicensed money transmitter, in a scheme to hire undocumented workers for Orlando subcontractors. Orquidea Quezada, 48, had pleaded guilty to the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Proposed law seeks to protect religious expression in public schools
News ChiefFebruary 6, 2017

Some highlights: — "A school district may not discriminate against a student, parent or school personnel on the basis of a religious viewpoint or religious expression." — "A school district shall treat a student's voluntary expression of a religious ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB rules football players at private FBS schools are employees
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2017

The schools must respond in good faith or face a charge known in American labor law as an "unfair labor practice," a charge that can result in severe penalties and sanction from the NLRB. The universities, of course, are not obliged to agree to the ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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1 dead after explosion in Lawndale, authorities investigating
WSOC CharlotteFebruary 2, 2017

"It's the last thing my father-in-law had,” son-in-law Douglass Mullins said, holding the bucket that contained the fuel. "He pretty much was the glue that held this family together." “Thorton's daughter heard the explosion, looked outside her window ...more »

Weighing the pros and cons of a labor union
WCBD News 2February 6, 2017

In less than 10 days, Boeing employees will vote on whether or not they want to be part of a union. Unions can be in any industry, so News 2 dug deeper into what it means. Right now, multiple commercials are on the air to convince Boeing employees to ...more »

Government Employees
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Care for parents, else your pay will be cut, Assam government warns ...
The New Indian ExpressFebruary 7, 2017

GUWAHATI: The Assam government is set to introduce a law that would make it mandatory for government employees to take care of their parents or face a ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Fired director of La Joya Housing Authority files suit for wrongful termination
MonitorFebruary 15, 2017

LA JOYA — Juan Jose “J.J.” Garza, who was fired from his position as executive director of the La Joya Housing Authority in December, has filed a lawsuit against the corporation alleging wrongful termination. “There is not a single document in his ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Without immigrants, the US economy would be a 'disaster,' experts say
ABC NewsFebruary 16, 2017

The partnership is a group of 500 Republican, Democratic and independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that create jobs for Americans, according to its site. In 2014 immigrants had almost $927 billion in consumer spending ...more »


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