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NEWSROOM: ANNUAL WORKSHOP TO HIGHLIGHT TAX LAW UPDATES FOR FOREST LANDOWNERS
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 »

Nashville's juvenile court plans new program to cut down on youth violence
WKRN.comFebruary 1, 2017

In the juvenile court system, there is a team approach to identifying the root causes a child commits a crime and how supporting the family can help change the behavior. In Davidson County, there is an assessment team that studies the teen and family ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Kul B. Rai: Universities need more black faculty members
Virginian-PilotFebruary 24, 2017

Affirmative action works best when job opportunities are increasing. When the number of jobs is declining, as is the case with full-time college teaching positions, groups divided by race, ethnicity and gender must compete. The disappointment of blacks ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Experts: Immigration Reform Unlikely in 2017
NewsmaxFebruary 13, 2017

Comprehensive reform of the immigration system in 2017 appears unlikely, policy trackers and officials told CNN. "I think it's going to be really limited in scope," said one House leadership aide. The last time a major reform bill was attempted was in ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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White House interested in Wisconsin union law, Scott Walker says
Crain's Chicago BusinessFebruary 2, 2017

(AP)—Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Unions outraged as GOP fast-tracks 'tweaks' to Iowa labor law
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 8, 2017

The House proposal also changes the rules for arbitrators, who settle disputes between labor and management. The bill says, for non-public safety employees, arbitrators, where they can, should also consider wages and working conditions in the private ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Ministers table emergency laws to limit disability payments after losing two key court battles that could blow a £3 ...
Daily MailFebruary 25, 2017

Ministers tabled emergency laws to limit disability payments yesterday after losing two court battles that threaten to blow a £3.7 billion hole in the welfare budget. Disability Minister Penny Mordaunt said it was vital to tighten the law to 'make sure ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Commanding Documentary About Workplace Discrimination To Screen At Hollywood Black Film Festival
BlackNews.com (press release)February 9, 2017

Oakland, CA — Head Not The Tail Productions (HNTT Productions) is delighted to announce that its powerful and inspiring documentary Invisible Women: Being a Black Woman in Corporate America has been accepted for screening at the 2017 Hollywood ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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United States: EEOC Extends Public Input Period On Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance To March 21
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 21, 2017

The EEOC's proposed guidance ("Guidance"), released on January 10, 2017, follows up on the agency's June 2016 Report of the Co-Chairs of the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace ("June 2016 Report"). The June 2016 ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Court Remands $2M Fee Award, Tackles Jury Waiver Language
New Jersey Law JournalFebruary 6, 2017

In a decision that sheds some light on the specificity of language required for waivers contained in employment contracts, a New Jersey appeals court has reversed an award of $2.06 million in attorney fees to Heartland Payment Systems Inc., though it ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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What Donald Trump Can and Can't Do to Immigrants
NACLAFebruary 6, 2017

Immigrants have always made up most of the country's farm workers in the West and Southwest. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 57% of the country's entire agricultural workforce is undocumented. But the list of other industries ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Paid sick leave? Businesses, workers see issue differently ...
Baltimore SunFebruary 3, 2017

Business owners say they'd have to cut hours or eliminate jobs under a proposal requiring Maryland companies to offer workers paid sick leave. Business ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Will the New Administration Trump Columbia University?
JD Supra (press release)February 14, 2017

Going forward, the General Counsel proclaimed, his office will prosecute unfair labor practice cases brought by such players as violations under the NLRA. Griffin's memo addresses the question explicitly left open by the Board in Northwestern ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Northfield leaders 'not interested' in seeing local officers enforce federal immigration law
Southernminn.comFebruary 3, 2017

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig, right, spoke with a group of interested community members on the topic of immigration enforcement in December. The city later passed a personnel policy stating that city employees do not ask for immigration ...more »

Legislation would prohibit campaign contributions by state contractors, labor unions
Portland TribuneFebruary 14, 2017

Rep. Knute Buehler proposed the law change the same day a Forbes Magazine opinion piece highlighted contributions to the campaigns of Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Pastor Dies in House Fire as Paralyzed Son, Daughter-in-Law Are Forced to Watch in Horror
Christian PostFebruary 7, 2017

A beloved Minnesota pastor died tragically in a fire at his family home Saturday. His paralyzed son and daughter-in-law, who managed to escape, were forced to watch in horror as flames engulfed the home with the pastor trapped inside.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former employee accuses used car dealer of wrongful discharge
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 15, 2017

HOUSTON — A Brownsville man is suing a used car dealer, alleging retaliation and wrongful or constructive termination. Indalecio Perez filed a complaint Jan. 9 in Harris County District Court against Tricolor Auto Group LLC and David Gutierrez ...more »

Government Employees
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Finance ministry warns employees of action for criticizing govt policies
Times of IndiaFebruary 6, 2017

... or in any communication to the press or in any public utterance, make any statement of fact or opinion which has the effect of an adverse criticism of any current or recent policy or action of the central government or state government," reads the ...more »

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