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Friday, March 6, 2015

U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February

The nation added 295,000 jobs last month, according to government data released Friday morning , extending a labor market boom that is powering the U.S. economy. For 12 months in a row, the United States has added at least 200,000 jobs - a sustained pace of hiring unmatched since 1994 and 1995.



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UC announces the university's first female dean of the College of Law.

A Yale JD who studied at Oxford, graduated from Wellesley, earned an MPH and a PhD in higher education, Jennifer S. Bard brings impressive breadth of experience to UC. She's a prolific scholar and a nationally respected legal expert.



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Why Utah's New LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill Is Good For The State, But Not For The Country

Mormon Elder L. Tom Perry and Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams shake hands at a press conference introducing the LGBT nondiscrimination bill. Lawmakers in Utah have proposed a new bill that would create statewide nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.



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George Kennedy: Scuffle over roll carts leads to healthy civic debate

Like many of you, I suspect, I generally take trash collection for granted. I put out a black bag and, usually, a blue bag of recyclables and a paper sack of newspapers every Wednesday morning.



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Gay married Floridians can access leave

"This is wonderful news. It ends what had been a nightmare for our families for generations," the Sun-Sentinel quoted Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida, an LGBT rights organization, as having said.



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State economy adds 16,100 private sector jobs in January

In January 2015, New York State's private sector job count increased by 16,100, or 0.2 percent, to 7,733,100, reaching a new all-time high. The statewide unemployment rate in New York was unchanged at 5.8% in January 2015, remaining at its lowest level since September 2008, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.



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Rapid City Mayor Announces He Will Seek Third Term In Office

The mayor of Rapid City says he is seeking a third term in office. Sam Kooiker announced this re-election campaign Thursday.



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Rev. Al Sharpton To Keynote Selma a AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issuea Town Hall

Sharpton to be honored with Human Rights Vanguard Award for contributions to AHF's year-long black and Latino HIV/AIDS national public awareness campaign )--Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton will keynote a special " AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue " town hall discussion sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation , the largest global AIDS organization, at Selma University on Saturday, March 7 th from 7 - 9 p.m. to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Selma-to-Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 .



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Story from NorthCountryNow.com

There were 100 more non-farm jobs in St. Lawrence County this January than in January 2014, according to the state Department of Labor. According to DOL's count, there were 39,800 non-farm jobs in the county this past January, while in January last year there were 39,700 non-farm jobs here.



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New Federal Rule Will Extend Medical Leave Rights To Same-Sex Couples In All States

Starting March 27, legally married same-sex couples will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick family members even if they live in a state that doesn't recognize their marriage. The final rule issued by the Department of Labor revises the definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live.



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AG Warning Of Fake Federal Labor Law Posters

Attorney General Marty Jackley is warning businesses to beware of companies selling fake federal labor law posters. Jackley says scammers are trying to catch businesses off-guard and profit by forcefully selling fake versions of required labor law posters.



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Matric 'cheating' ends up in court

The matric class of 2014 of an Ndwedwe high school accused of cheating in their exams have gone to court in an attempt to force the Education Department to release their results so they can "get on with their lives". The 139 pupils from Mashiyamahle High School say they have done nothing wrong, there is no evidence against them and the department is "flouting the rules".



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Why Independent Contractors Need an Online-Only Bank

In an effort to keep costs down, more big companies are filling out their workforce with independent contractors rather than full-time employees. If you fall under that umbrella, switching to a fee-free bank can help to offset some of the financial drawbacks of working for yourself.



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South Nassau Advised Against Reopening of Former Long Beach Emergency Department

South Nassau Communities Hospital, which now controls the former Long Beach Medical Center site, had explored obtaining waivers on some of the code issues. Oceanside, NY, March 06, 2015 -- -- Reopening an Emergency Department in a shuttered Long Beach Medical Center building is not advisable due to outstanding code and structural deficiencies, according to an independent analysis by a leading architectural firm.



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Congregate care memory unit on horizon in Carson City

A nursing home with a memory care unit planned for Mountain and West Washington streets in Carson City got the green light Thursday, but action on a large housing subdivision was delayed. The city's Board of Supervisors, without dissent, adopted an ordinance to change zoning of property at Mountain and Washington from public community to multi-family apartment to pave the way for Carson Tahoe Health and Prestige Care, a nursing home chain based in the northwest, to put up what it calls a congregate care facility with a memory care unit.



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

All businesses should rededicate to principles of ADA

For 25 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has served a wide range of citizens, including people with special needs from birth and those who acquired disabilities through accident or disease. In my case, I became a part of the disability community as a part of my 20-year service to the U.S. Armed Forces.



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3/05/2015

I was going to call in but I already got to talk to Jay about the pro-war medi a last week and the role of fiction in our political narratives with Digby on Sunday. But I invite you all to listen for some interesting points Jay and Digby bring up.



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Hiring policy targets Muslim women

Though discrimination based on religion, race or sex dominates many disputes, one particular court case receiving a significant amount of attention is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., which was argued before the Supreme Court last week.



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Workplace Injuries Spike After Daylight Saving Time Change

Employers should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change Mar. 8, 2015. Research has shown that the hour of lost sleep could be related to an increase in job-related injuries in the days following the time change.



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Collection-Proof

A debtor who doesn't have any assets that a creditor can collect after a court orders the debtor to pay. Someone who is collection proof has no income or assets that can legally be seized for debt repayment.



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Smith Report - 3.5.2015

Spring Cleaning Comes Early With SCRUB Act When I talk to my colleagues in Washington, D.C., they do not always understand the burdens rural America faces from unnecessary regulations. During my first week in Congress, an "expert witness" told me it was pure fiction that government regulations affect private industry.



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Complaint filed over Forest Theater renovation plan

CARMEL >> A disabled community actor has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice against the city of Carmel over the proposed renovation of the Forest Theater. Ken Cusson, of Salinas, filed the complaint last Friday.



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Don't Let March Madness Make Your Workplace Crazy

March is here, which means that a lot of Americans who love college basketball-or perhaps simply enjoy a bit of friendly bracket-based competition-are revving up for March Madness. There's no doubt that the tournament is high-stakes for the teams on the hardwood.



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Bank of America, Merrill Trainees Sue Seeking Overtime Pay

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, the former trainees accused the companies of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. They seek to represent more than 100 trainees in the companies' Practice Management Development program in pursuing damages exceeding $5 million.



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Cne RFP: Cookware Sets for Promotional Giveaway at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa

Cherokee Nation Entertainment, LLC, , a wholly owned tribal company of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking qualified bids for 800 sets of cookware for promotional giveaway at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. Please see the attached document for more information.



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Kentucky bested the U.S. with January jobless rate

Kentucky's preliminary unemployment rate for January of 5.5. percent came in below the national average of 5.7 percent for the same month. As Kentucky continues its climb out of the economic recession, it has eclipsed the nation in at least one statistic.



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Fired Carlisle Public Works Director Mike Keiser hits borough with federal age discrimination suit

Longtime Carlisle Public Works Director Michael T. Keiser has filed a federal lawsuit against the borough over his May 2014 firing, claiming he was the victim of age discrimination and retaliation. The 61-year-old Keiser claims in the suit lodged in U.S. Middle District Court this week that his termination came hours after he filed an internal age discrimination complaint against Borough Manager Matthew Candland.



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U.S. Senate committee votes to force all watchdog ...

A U.S. Senate committee has voted to require all federal watchdog agencies to make their investigative reports available to the public, to Congress, and to whistleblowers. The move comes in response to a critical report about the over-prescribing of painkillers at the VA Medical Center in Tomah.



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10 Questions to Ask When Firing an Employee

Knowing the limits of one's ability and understanding when it is best for the organization to have another assume power is perhaps the greatest quality any leader can possess. It's a sticky situation: An employee is underperforming and poisoning the well.



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Scott Johnson on the Dangers of Ignoring Plain Text in Favor of Subjective Intentions

As I said last night, it is far from clear, but the good guys in the King v. Burwell case may lose.



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Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum to close for renovations

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is about to get its first major facelift in 40 years.



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LA Times Ed Board Knocks Obama Admin for Petraeus 'Double Standard'

The Los Angeles Times editorial board disdained the Obama administration for its "double standard" on government leaks after Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus was let go on a misdemeanor charge Tuesday. Petraeus was accused of revealing classified info to his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell in 2011.



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Pregnant Workers' Rights

Whether it is safe or desirable to continue working while pregnant is a question for a woman and her doctor-not her boss. It was 11:30 a.m. on a Friday, and one of us, Chavi Eve Karkowsky, was running about an hour behind schedule seeing patients at a high-risk pregnancy clinic.



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Legal and Public Notices - March 6, 2015

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design issued a Notice and Order to Cease and Desist against you. A copy may be obtained by contacting, David K. Minacci , Esquire, Smith , Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colon, P.A., 3520 Thomasville Road, Fourth Floor, Tallahassee, FL 32309, 402-1570.



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Do New Regs on Brokers Limit Choice?

Last week President Obama directed the Department of Labor to move ahead with a proposal that would raise investment-advice standards for brokers handling retirement accounts. His proposal would require more brokers to abide by a fiduciary standard and put the best interest of their clients above their own when advising on retirement saving.



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February 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month's headline developments are a set of cases reported in February dealing with class action IC misclassification claims: the highest court in a key state agreeing to decide whether a worker-friendly test should be used in determining the IC status of a group of workers asserting minimum wage and overtime claims; a new class action IC misclassification claim brought under the federal wage and hour law by a group of on-demand security-clearance investigators; and three more cases involving exotic dancers who allege they were misclassified as ICs.



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A.G. Office and SD Department of Labor and Regulation Warn Businesses of Labor Law Poster Scams

Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation are warning businesses to beware of poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings. Such companies often use scare tactics about potential fines and penalties.



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Awards $150 Million to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to...

HUD AWARDS $150 MILLION TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES AND SERVICES TO EXTREMELY LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Rental assistance to prevent unnecessary institutionalization WASHINGTON To help prevent thousands of individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly falling into homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced it is awarding $150 million in rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies.



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'Temporary' employee on the job for 4 years

I'm classified as a part-time temporary employee. I have never had a raise or review in four years.



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CareerOneStop Launches Redesigned Website and New Online Credentials Center

The redesigned CareerOneStop website offers streamlined access to key resources and tools for job seekers, businesses, veterans, students, workers with disabilities, older workers, workers with criminal convictions, and more. And the brand new Credentials Center helps users begin their journey to career success with online tools and information to help learn about, plan, and pay for a variety of education and training options.



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So How Many Democrats Are Worrying For Hillary?

As controversy swells around Hillary Clinton, leading Democrats weigh in on the seriousness of the e-mail revelations and the lack of a second tier of candidates. As Hillary Clinton suggested during her first presidential campaign, in response to questions about why she hadn't yet gotten out of a primary race she wasn't going to win, people do die .



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So How Many Democrats Are Worrying For Hillary?

As controversy swells around Hillary Clinton, leading Democrats weigh in on the seriousness of the e-mail revelations and the lack of a second tier of candidates. As Hillary Clinton suggested during her first presidential campaign, in response to questions about why she hadn't yet gotten out of a primary race she wasn't going to win, people do die .



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Battle continues to rage between chicken farmer and employer Perdue

Craig Watts has taken yet another step against Perdue's incessant 'retaliatory inspections' by submitting a formal complaint to the Department of Labor. Perdue isn't impressed.



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Census: Lights are on, but fewer are home

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Conservative Political Action Committee last week that the "unemployment rate is a sham." How do I know? Because Census is having a very tough time meeting its quotas.



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Feeling flush? Find bathrooms for bus drivers for $97,000

It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year. Bus service provider King County Metro Transit is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator," which comes with an annual salary as high as $97,000, depending on experience.



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Harrisburg Pike work in Lancaster County resumes March 9

Weather permitting, work will resume March 9 on a section of Harrisburg Pike - state Route 4020 - and Main Street through the villages of Salunga and Landisville in Lancaster County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.



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View Press Release

Optimism about those key performance indicators still remains high, but there has been a retrenchment in sentiment since last quarter, the survey found. The last time a similar pullback occurred in these areas was the end of 2012.



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Whistleblower allegations aren't limited to employment dates, judge rules

Healthcare industry whistleblowers alleging False Claims Act violations may get more wind in their sails thanks to a recent ruling in federal district court. After a series of amended complaints, attorneys for a former Novartis sales executive convinced a Pennsylvania District Court judge that allegations of fraud that extend past a whistleblower's employment with the defendant remain valid if the individual had direct knowledge of the ongoing fraudulent scheme at the end of his or her tenure.



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Whistleblowers Against Fraud Discusses Recent Survey That Highlights...

WAF explains how a new survey demonstrates that employees are willing to provide information about fraud because of monetary rewards and protection laws. According to Labaton Sucharow's annual Wall Street ethics survey, 52 percent of financial experts believe that unethical behavior is occurring in competitor companies.



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Police chief supports plans for helpline to keep children safe from sexual exploitation

Det Supt Andy Murphy, from the public protection unit at Lancashire Police, which has been hailed as 'best practice' for its approach to tackling the issue, was speaking after David Cameron held a summit to discuss ideas to help protect children from exploitation. The meeting was held in the wake of a scandal in Oxfordshire, which revealed as many as 373 children had been identified as potential victims over 16 years.



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a Vote Labour, get Lord Justice Leveson!a

Even worse than the ranting of the former funny man was the contribution to that rally of Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, who nobody could ever accuse of cracking a joke. Harman's speech gave the official stamp of Labour Party approval to the hysteria and intolerance of the press-bashing lobby.



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Salem Township

Any person who is interested is invited to attend. Comments will be heard from the public at the hearing.



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From Cancer to College: The NCCS Offers Education Planning Tips for...

Recognizing the need for resources to help college-age cancer survivors, The National Children's Cancer Society created a brochure, "Making the Right Transition into College." "Pediatric cancer survivors face more than the normal choices when it comes to making college decisions," said Pam Gabris, coordinator of the NCCS Beyond the Cure program, which supports and educates survivors throughout their lives.



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Find toilets for bus drivers for $97K/year

It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year.



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EDITORIAL: ADA's crippling side effects

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was undoubtedly enacted with the best of intentions. That individuals with disabilities should have as much access as possible to public and private spaces certainly sounds like something anyone could support.



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Louis I. Kaplan Honored for Excellence in Estates and Trust Law

Louis I. Kaplan, Attorney and Partner of Fisher & Winner, LLP, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in estates and trust. Mr. Kaplan brings 50 years of professional experience to his position as a attorney and partner of Fisher & Winner, LLP.



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CU professor sues university claiming discrimination and defamation

A University of Colorado philosophy professor who was banished from the university for two months last year has sued the college in federal court claiming he was defamed after making an off-handed remark that was taken as a joke. Associate professor Dan Kaufman also alleges he has suffered discrimination and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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Working 4 You: Service Animal 101

A Coeur d'Alene woman was refused service at a local yogurt shop for bringing her service dog with her. Now she's taking action, saying the issue is much bigger than this one experience.



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Whistleblower to scrutinise Trust

AN NHS whistleblower has been brought in to scrutinise the performance of the Trust which runs the county's hospitals. Gary Walker has been asked by Save the Alex campaigners to give an independent management opinion on how bosses are running Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and in particular their handling of the situation at the Alexandra Hospital.



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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sen. Kennedy RememberedSAIL AWAY

The Democratic Party's most stalwart defender of civil rights, labor rights, health care, immigration, housing and education for nearly five decades in the U.S. Senate has left us. On Tuesday night, cancer claimed the life of Edward M. Kennedy, the 77-year-old senior senator from Massachusetts.



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Diversified Insurance Solutions Hires Brown Deer Resident

Diversified Insurance Solutions, one of Wisconsin's largest full-service insurance brokerage firms, has hired Tony Jossart of Brown Deer as Director of Employee Benefits Operations. Jossart has more than 12 years of experience in the health insurance and healthcare field.



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The Independent Investor: New Fiduciary Rule Would Benefit All of Us

The Department of Labor is trying again. This week, a proposed new rule, backed by the president, would force all financial advisers to adopt a "fiduciary responsibility" toward their clients when overseeing retirement plans.



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Vacaville Library Commission to meet

The monthly meeting of the Vacaville Library Commission is 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Conference Room, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend.



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Bessie and Devonte Taylor: Black, disabled, still houseless

"The family's homelessness has nothing to do with the Housing Authority. We couldn't help what the landlord did."



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Learning beyond illness at Seattle Childrena s

When Kira had to skip a few days of school last winter due to a stomachache, no one thought much of it. "Your child will be back in school in a few days," they told Ellen Kuwana, Kira's mom.



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When Bonuses Meet FLSA Calculations

It may not be the first thing you think of when you hear it's bonus time, but the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to include nondiscretionary bonuses when determining regular pay rate for the purpose of calculating overtime. Mark Tabakman of Fox Rothschild wrote about a recent collective action that highlights this issue.



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WA: Feeling Flush? Find Bathrooms for Bus Drivers for $97,000

It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year. Bus service provider King County Metro Transit is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator," which comes with an annual salary as high as $97,000, depending on experience.



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Seattle-area Metro Transport seeking bathroom czar for bus drivers

Transit officials in King County, Wash., are seeking a bathroom czar -- a "Comfort Station Coordinator -- to find facilities for about 2,600 bus drivers. A Metro Transit spokesman said the agency is offering a salary of up to $97,000 for a "Comfort Station Coordinator" who would be responsible for remedying the lack of unrestricted access to restrooms identified by a November audit from the state Department of Labor and Industries.



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Sugar land purchase focus for cleaner water

A 72-year-old Indiana woman died in Tuesday's crash along I-75 at the Peace River Bridge in Charlotte County involving nine vehicles that clogged traffic and shut-down lanes. A 72-year-old Indiana woman died in Tuesday's crash along I-75 at the Peace River Bridge in Charlotte County involving nine vehicles that clogged traffic and shut-down lanes.



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Former PGA tour winner Derek Lamely hopes to get back

A 72-year-old Indiana woman died in Tuesday's crash along I-75 at the Peace River Bridge in Charlotte County involving nine vehicles that clogged traffic and shut-down lanes. Six-year-old Ella Schultz has cancer and was back at University of Kansas Hospital Tuesday night with a fever and infection.



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pointed out

For those opposed to any military action at all, the best we could hope for from our citizenry was some form of the Hippocratic Oath: at least do no harm. And the American people, by and large, have risen to their duties of citizenship.



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Public records to be revenue?

State and local agencies may charge a processing fee for public records sought for commercial purposes, under terms of a proposal considered by the 2015 Legislature. The issue is likely dead for this session as it failed to gain House Appropriations Committee approval by the Feb. 28 cut-off date for bill advancement.



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9th Circuit Denies Further Review, Sends Hanford Whistleblower Case Back to Trial Court

Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Defendant URS's motion for en banc review of the court's November 2014 decision, which reversed the dismissal of Hanford whistleblower Dr. Walter Tamosaitis' federal whistleblower lawsuit against URS Energy and Construction for its complicity in removing him from his job at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in 2010. A three-judge panel had issued the opinion, and under 9th Rules, a party can file a motion asking that a larger number of judges decide the issue "en banc."



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Shareholder Alert: Brower Piven Encourages Investors Who Have Losses...

The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of CTPartners Executive Search Inc. securities during the period between February 26, 2014 and January 28, 2015, inclusive . Investors who wish to become proactively involved in the litigation have until April 28, 2015 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.



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Bill would give businesses leeway to turn away animals

Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would limit the kinds of service animals a business legally must allow inside. It would clarify in Nevada law that companies are only required to allow trained service dogs in their businesses and can turn away customers who want to bring in other service or comfort animals.



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Feeling flush? Find bathrooms for bus drivers for $97,000

It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year. Bus service provider King County Metro Transit is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator," which comes with an annual salary as high as $97,000, depending on experience.



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Seattle-area bus drivers to have restroom coordinator

The agency that provides bus service is the Seattle area is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator" whose job will be to find easily accessible restrooms for drivers. Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer tells KOMO News the agency has an obligation under the law to the 2,600 drivers who keep the community moving.



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Commemorating the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Age of Abbott

At the signing, President Bush was flanked by Evan Kemp, chairman, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, chairman, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities . Standing are the Rev.



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Obama Plan Could Cripple IRA Choices

Last week, President Obama called on the Department of Labor to "update the rules and requirements that retirement advisers put the best interests of their clients above their own financial interests." At a speech at the American Association of Retired Persons, the president proclaimed , "You want to give financial advice, you've got to put your client's interests first."



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Are Organizations With Drug Tests Weeding Out Great Candidates?

The FBI's jobs page makes it pretty clear how the agency feels about marijuana: "You can easily determine whether you meet the FBI's illegal drug policy by answering the following questions." The list's first question: "Have you used marijuana at all within the last three years?" Government agencies are some of the strictest of employers when it comes to drug testing.



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Feeling flush? Find bathrooms for bus drivers for $97,000

It's a job that might make you flush: Find easily accessible restrooms for Seattle-area bus drivers and get paid nearly $100,000 a year. Bus service provider King County Metro Transit is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator," which comes with an annual salary as high as $97,000, depending on experience.



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Archbrighta Helps Washington Companies Meet Their Legal Obligations as...

Today Archbright, a resource for employers in Washington State with over 1,000 members, announced they now offer some of their most popular courses in an all-new eLearning format-with the first set of courses focused on key areas of compliance for human resources professionals. Now available for purchase at Archbright.com are Workplace Harassment Training, Managing Leave: FMLA and ADA, Employment Law Update, and the Life Cycle of Employee Records.



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'Guns in Trunks' and Franchisor Liability Highlight...

Barring the firing of an employee for legally bringing a firearm to work and liability protection for franchisors highlight the employment law proposals on the Tennessee legislature's agenda for this year. In 2013, the Tennessee legislature passed a law often referred to as "guns-in-trunks."



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Attend the Danbury Career Fair in Connecticut on Friday, March 6

Kicking off the job fair season this spring is the much anticipated Danbury Career Fair in Danbury , Connecticut . This event is the first in a series of five events geared towards jobseekers with all different kinds of skill levels, and across a wide range of industries.



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Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sign...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division yesterday signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to further the goals of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in prohibiting employment discrimination in the state and local government sector. The signing ceremony took place on Monday, March 2, at DOJ's headquarters in Washington, D.C., and included remarks from Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division and EEOC Chair Jenny Yang.



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Fleet-Footed Investigations and Prompt Remedial Action: The New Normal

Does your company respond to all internal concerns immediately, investigate them thoroughly and remediate them with unmatchable speed? What if the concern comes from an officer, director, lawyer, compliance professional, internal auditor, or an outside accountant? Do you assume you have time because, after all, it is the informant's "job" to identify and remedy non-compliance? Or do you jump on the concern regardless of who raises it, launching and concluding your investigation and implementing remedial action within 120 days? The Security and Exchange Commission's recent Dodd-Frank bounty award of half a million dollars to a former company officer who waited the requisite 120-day period tells companies they must act immediately no matter who raises or learns of the concern.



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Report: FBI system can chill potential whistleblowers

In this file photo dated June 17, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seal is seen on the lectern following a news conference at the Newseum in Washington, D,C. It had been her dream job since she was 13, and she had been a good agent during her 25 years with the bureau.



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SmartLink Transit will lay off all its drivers

SmartLink Transit, which provides bus services in Scott and Carver counties, will lay off dozens of employees as the agency wrestles with the loss of two big revenue sources. The Star Tribune reports that Scott County, which funds the service, is shifting to outside contractors to drive the bus fleet.



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Inside Sex-Filled Sheriff Terry Maketa Lawsuit: "I'm Going to Kill That F*cker!"

A cropped photo focusing on Tiffany Huntz, one of the public employees accused in the lawsuit of having a sexual relationship with Sheriff Terry Maketa. NSFW version of this shot, plus additional images and more below.



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Town hall sparks discussion

Photo by Michael Mott - TWN. Jed Diamond encouraged more to attend the Willits Walk for Wellness, for residents to better see what improvements and changes could happen, with "boots on the ground" in their town.



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Seattle-area bus drivers to have potty coordinator

The agency that provides bus service is the Seattle area is looking to hire a "comfort station coordinator" whose job will be to find easily accessible restrooms for drivers. Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer tells KOMO News the agency has an obligation under the law to the 2,600 drivers who keep the community moving.



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U of M's Human Experimentation Program Hasn't Learned Much...

When Dan Markingson, a severely mentally ill 26-year-old, began to have schizophrenic visions of aliens in his apartment in November 2003, his mother Mary Weiss tried to get him help. Markingson's psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Olson of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center recommended locking Markingson up in a mental asylum because he was a danger to himself and others.



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TCF Bank workers sue, claiming unpaid overtime

Assistant branch managers at TCF Financial Corp. are suing the bank, claiming that the company misclassified their work to avoid paying them overtime. The Star Tribune has a repot on the lawsuit, filed in Illinois by a pair of plaintiffs who claim that while they're technically management, they do the same work as hourly employees .



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DOL Extends FMLA Spousal Leave Rights to Same-Sex Spouses in All States

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division published its final rule regarding the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act . Specifically, the rule recognizes all lawful same-sex spouses for purposes of FMLA leave, regardless of the couple's state of residence.



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Obamaites Behaving Badly

An inspector general's report last fall, which somehow escaped publicity, found that political appointees at the Department of Labor violated contracting rules on one project and spent what many would consider an absurd amount of money on another. An earlier IG letter indicated the same officials were involved in misusing department resources on yet a third project.



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David Copperfield makes overtime lawsuit vanish through settlement

Our eNewspaper network was founded in 2002 to provide stand-alone digital news sites tailored for the most searched-for locations for news. With a traditional newspaper format, more than 100 sites were established each with a newspaper-type name to cover the highest-ranked regions, countries, cities and states.



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Obamaites Behaving Badly Quin Hillyer 45 minutes ago An inspector...

An earlier The first two findings came explicitly as a direct result of a reportorial column of mine right here on NRO on February 16, 2014. The third involved another aspect of my report, although that particular investigation preceded that piece.



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Rush v. Sport Chalet Inc 0038 LLC

Before STEPHEN REINHARDT and RONALD M. GOULD, Circuit Judges, and J. FREDERICK MOTZ, Senior District Judge.* Scottlynn J. Hubbard, IV , Law Offices of Lynn Hubbard, Chico, CA; Anthony M. Bettencourt , Disabled Advocacy Group, Chico, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellant. Henry A. Platt and Robert L. Duston, Saul Ewing LLP, Washington, D.C., for Defendant-Appellee Foothill Ranch.



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NHS whistleblower to scrutinise performance of hospital trust

AN NHS whistleblower has been brought in to scrutinise the performance of the Trust which runs the county's hospitals. Gary Walker has been asked by Save the Alex campaigners to give an independent management opinion on how bosses are running Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and in particular their handling of the situation at the Alexandra Hospital.



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Attorney in city lawsuit addresses texts

The attorney for municipal employees who filed lawsuits against the city related to an alleged affair between Mayor Bob Newell and Finance Director Ashley Flowers addressed the appearance of some of his clients' names in text messages on an anonymously distributed flash drive Tuesday. Bill Merriman represents Stephanie Boone, Darci Dyke, Vicki Gheen, Sarah Goff and Tina Hughes and filed individual suits on their behalf Jan. 27 claiming sexual harassment and a hostile work environment as a result of conversations, audio and video regarding the affair.



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Hospitals to offer apprentice program

Chesterfield General Hospital and Marlboro Park Hospital were recently recognized by Apprenticeship Carolina and the U.S. Department of Labor as a "registered" employer-sponsored job related educational apprenticeship program for their medical assistants. This recognition shows an employer's commitment to developing a highly skilled employee who will meet nationally accepted training standards, according to Northeastern Technical College.



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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top 5 Employers in Florida: Which Companies Have the Most Jobs?

It should be no surprise that many of top five employers in Florida are integral to the Sunshine State's booming tourism industry. The companies that offer the most jobs in Florida each have a hand in getting visitors there, entertaining them, or picking up the check.



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Charges: Man used Seahawks' names to obtain narcotics

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says a 34-year-old man accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain prescription drugs has been charged with 12 felony counts. Charges filed by the state attorney general allege that Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. of Spokane Valley obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud.



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January's snowplow overtime in Aurora less than in 2014

Overtime expenses for snow plowers was down in January. Although there was a decent amount of snow, the timing of the snowfalls was advantageous for the city, according to Service Director John Trew.



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Man accused of using Seahawks' names to obtain prescription drugs

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says a 34-year-old man accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain prescription drugs has been charged with 12 felony counts. Charges filed by the state attorney general allege that Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. of Spokane Valley obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud.



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Man accused of using Seahawks' names to obtain narcotics

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says a 34-year-old man accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain prescription drugs has been charged with 12 felony counts. Charges filed by the state attorney general allege that Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. of Spokane Valley obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud.



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Man accused of using Seahawks' names to obtain narcotics

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says a 34-year-old man accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain prescription drugs has been charged with 12 felony counts. Charges filed by the state attorney general allege that Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. of Spokane Valley obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud.



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House of Representatives passes bills to raise minimum wage and provide sick + safe leave

In a significant victory for working people, the Washington's House of Representatives tonight adopted legislation to raise the state's minimum wage to twelve dollars an hour by 2019. Fifty-one representatives voted to pass HB 1355, while forty-six voted against passage.



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Jon Zimring, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP to Speak at KC's Event

PRLog - March 3, 2015 - NEW YORK -- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Jon Zimring, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress' webcast entitled " Federal Contractor Section 503 and Section 4212 Compliance: Emerging Issues and Practical Guidance on Affirmative Action for Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans LIVE Webcast ," This event is scheduled for March 24, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm For further details, please visit: http://ift.tt/1wGjlIP webcast/ About Jon Zimring Jon Zimring practices management-side labor and employment law, representing clients before both the courts and administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor , the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs , the National Labor Relations Board , ... (more)



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OSHA Says MS Worker Killed On The Job Lacked Training

A federal agency says the company that employed a worker who was electrocuted in an October accident in Guntown failed to provide him with required safety training. In a Tuesday news release, the Department of Labor said the training could have saved the life of 46-year-old Marvin Reece.



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Honda Supports Proposed Legislation to Require Car Owners to Complete All Recall Repairs

A new bill requiring all car owners to repair their recalled vehicles has been backed by Ralph Nader and Honda. If signed into law, the legislation introduced Monday by Sen. Ed Markey and co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal would encourage states, at the time of a new-vehicle registration or renewal, to make everyone complete any open recalls on their cars.



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Nuns, Firefighters and Title VII: Are Volunteers Eligible for Protection?

Volunteerism is a staple of American life. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 million hours in 2013, adding up to an estimated value of $173 billion.



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Freedom-loving Americans overcome deliberate White House censorship...

Despite the White House's extreme efforts to deactivate, censor and bury a petition calling for ban on medical coercion via mandatory vaccines, the health freedom community achieved a stunning victory today by reaching 100,000 signatures on this WhiteHouse.gov petition . Thank you! Share your celebratory thoughts and suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of this article.



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FBI email warns whistleblower of retaliation if surveillance program concerns reported

The FBI bluntly told a potential whistleblower that he could face retaliation by coming forward with concerns about political meddling inside a secret terrorism and counterintelligence surveillance program. The warning came in an email from a bureau attorney that raises questions in Congress about the bureau's ability to properly handle accusations of wrongdoing and protect those who come forward.



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Metro Transit hiring 'bathroom czar' to solve potty problem

The so-called "Comfort Station Coordinator" will be responsible for finding easily-accessible restrooms for roughly 2,600 bus drivers throughout the county. "It's not just somebody running around telling drivers where they can pee.



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Another illegal, uncodified Education Department rule afflicts educators

Recently, I wrote about a report to the Senate by a task force of college presidents, on how the Education Department is illegally dumping an avalanche of new rules and regulations on America's schools, without even complying with the Administrative Procedure Act's notice-and-comment requirements. Yet another example of such mischief is the 2014 sexual harassment guidance issued by the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights.



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Staff at mobile device tester in Bellevue owed back wages

A provider of mobile device testing services for Samsung, HTC and other electronics manufacturers owed back wages to employees in Bellevue and Dallas and engaged in "systemic violations" of overtime pay rules, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. The company, Device Inside, has corporate offices in Dallas and a branch office in Bellevue.



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Westin Kierland Resort Fined for Violations of Labor Law

The US Department of Labor is ordering the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale to pay more than $76,000 in back wages and penalties after an investigation. The agency's Wage and Hour Division conducted a "routine inspection" at the resort near Scottsdale Rd. and Greenway Parkway after the resort requested, and was granted, permission to hire foreign workers.



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Dix Hills Residents Invited to Job Fair

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone invites residents seeking employment to attend job fairs scheduled at public libraries throughout Suffolk County. The Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs partners with local libraries and other organizations to facilitate bringing job fairs into local communities to ensure access for both applicants and employers.



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Federal Diary: Report says procedures put a chilling effect on potential FBI whistleblowers

It had been her dream job since she was 13, and she had been a good agent during her 25 years with the bureau. Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about the federal workplace that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012.



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Pennsylvania Governor Wolf's Budget Reflects Renewed Focus on...

"The Department of Labor and Industry is committed to preparing and empowering a workforce that is ready for jobs that pay," said Acting Labor & Industry Secretary , with a tie to inflation. More than 1.2 million workers in the state stand to benefit from the increase.



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Man accused of using Seahawks players' names to get drugs from clinics - Tue, 03 Mar 2015 PST

Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. A Spokane Valley man has been accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks football players to get drugs.



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Lawsuit claiming overtime violations filed against TCF

Bank workers in Illinois are accusing TCF Financial Corp. of misclassifying their jobs to avoid paying overtime and forcing them to sign agreements that limit their legal rights. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that Wayzata -based TCF saves money on labor costs by unlawfully categorizing its assistant branch managers as employees exempt from overtime protection.



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Eric Holder: 'Time Has Come' for Marriage Equality

"The time has come" for nationwide legal recognition of same-sex couples and their families, says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in an opinion piece published in USA Today. As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the issue of marriage equality, Holder's Justice Department will file a brief this week "setting forth our position that state bans on same-sex marriage violate the fundamental constitutional guarantee of 'equal protection of the laws,'" Holder writes.



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Former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO criminally charged

The U.S. attorney's office has filed criminal charges against the former CEO of a West Pratt Street mental health clinic that allege that he embezzled $50,000 meant for employee pensions and withheld hundreds of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes that were diverted to company executives' salaries. William "Kris" Hathaway, the former CEO of Baltimore Behavioral Health, was charged with failure to account for and pay taxes, and theft from an employee benefit plan.



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Look Out Below

The U.S. Labor Department often sets its sights up the food chain, focusing enforcement efforts on general contractors for the wage violations of their subcontractors. In recent years, federal district courts and the DOL have been putting pressure on GCs to insist on and monitor Fair Labor Standards Act compliance by others with whom they share a business relationship by terming them "joint employers."



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Hollywood Intern Cases and the Fair Labor Standards Act

With spring and summer on the horizon, many employers are gearing up to interview and recruit for their summer internship programs. Summer internships are an age old tradition giving students opportunities for exposure in their chosen career fields.



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Supreme Court May Level the 401(k) Playing Field

It has long been my view that 401 plans are a national disgrace. They tend to be rife with conflicts of interest and geared to benefit the securities industry at the expense of hardworking Americans.



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Right-wing Christians screech about 'KGB' spies after city simply checks church's zoning permit

A Florida pastor claims his religious rights were violated after city officials investigated whether his church had the necessary permits on file. Pastor Mike Olive operates the Common Ground Church and Coffee Bar in Lake Worth, which recently took over code enforcement from the fire department.



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The DOL's Model FMLA Forms Expired. Now What?

On Feb. 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's recommended Family and Medical Leave Act forms expired. And on March 1, the sun still rose in the east.



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Armond Budish announces picks for Cuyahoga County inspector general, public works director...

Budish nominated Michael Dever, a longtime public works employee, as public works director, and Mark Griffin, a local attorney, as inspector general. Both appointments are subject to confirmation from County Council.



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4th Circuit slams EEOC expert in background check case

A federal appeals court has rejected a statistical expert offered in a legal challenge to an employer's use of background checks brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



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GAO Looks At Lump Sum Pension Payouts

WASHINGTON The Government Accountability Office is questioning whether pension plan beneficiaries are doing the right thing by taking lump sum payments in lieu of lifetime annuities. The office is asking government agencies to take steps designed to make beneficiaries more cautious about taking lump sum payments.



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Construction Case Law Update - March 2015

Racial discrimination; City Contracting Ordinances; Federal Affirmative Action Compliance in Contracting Plaintiff-contractor sued the City of Jacksonville, alleging racial discrimination against him and other African-Americans in administering public construction contracts. The Middle District of Florida construed the pro se plaintiff's complaint as alleging two violations of Title VI and the Equal Protection Clause based on the City's journeyman ordinance and the City allegedly waiving of provisions in its procurement code that require compliance with federal affirmative action.



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This Women's History Month, remember #translivesmatter

"What if one of the many trans women I know dies? What if I die?" she asks. "Will our bodies, our identities, our lives be made into a joke for people to laugh at? This entire year, I've been contemplating mortality and the reality that I may not have a natural death.



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Locke Lord QuickStudy: FMLA Rule Revises Definition of Spouse - The...

Locke Lord QuickStudy: FMLA Rule Revises Definition of Spouse - The FMLA Extends Leave Rights to Individuals in Same-Sex and Common-Law Marriages A Final Rule issued by the Department of Labor on February 23, 2015 has revised the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to include individuals in legally recognized same-sex and common-law marriages. The new Rule, which takes effect March 27, 2015, looks to the "place of celebration" in determining whether an individual is considered an employee's "spouse" under the FMLA.



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Cuomo Hopes To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.50

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the "Fight for Fair Pay" campaign, a call to action to raise the minimum wage in New York this year.



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Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act to ensure that same-sex married couples receive the rights and protections under the FMLA without regard to where they reside. The new definition takes effect on March 27, 2015.



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Corporate Officer Awarded Whistleblower Payout

The executive reported the violation after "other responsible compliance personnel possessed the information and failed to adequately address the issue." A former company officer earned between $475,000 and $575,000 for reporting a securities fraud at his or her company "when it became apparent that the company's internal compliance system was not functioning well enough to address it," said the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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Will Nunavut's baby death probe heal feelings of mistrust?

Neevee Akesuk and Luutaaq Quamagiaq regularly visit the burial site of their son, Makibi, who died when he was three months old. Nearly four months after a CBC investigation raised serious questions about the tragic death of a baby boy in Nunavut from a common viral infection, the territorial government has finally announced details of an independent investigation.



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DOL Publishes New FMLA Regulations That Redefine 'Spouse'

The Final Rule takes effect on March 27 and redefines "spouse" under the FMLA to reflect the law in the state where the marriage was performed. On February 25, the U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that amends the federal Family and Medical Leave Act regulations to define "spouse" according to the state law where the employee's marriage took place.



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Internal Corporate Whistleblowers Swayed by Protections, Not Pay: Study

Researchers at North Carolina State University and Bucknell University found that while strong anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, financial incentives do not appear to have sway. "The work supports the idea that companies that want to encourage internal reporting of wrongdoing should focus on developing and implementing anti-retaliation policies to protect whistleblowers," says Dr. Eileen Taylor, co-author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of accounting at NC State.



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Stepp defends changes to DNR board

Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp on Tuesday defended Gov. Scott Walker's plan to turn the Natural Resources Board into an advisory panel, instead of one that makes policy. "I feel that it's extra layers," Stepp said of the board in a briefing to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.



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Ex-Stripper: Delilaha s Paid Dancers Less Than Minimum Wage

Melody Schofield began dancing at Delilah's Den in 2007. While dancing there, she says she had to purchase particular outfits to wear on certain days: Lingerie on Wednesdays, black and gold for the Entertainer of the Year contest, red and green at Christmas.



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It's March 2015. The DOL's Model FMLA Forms Expired Just Days Ago. Now What?

On February 28, 2015, the DOL's recommended FMLA forms expired. And on March 1, the sun still rose in the east.



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Calaveras County Water District Highway 4 Corridor Committee Meeting

Mjurphys, CA...Calaveras County Water District Highway 4 Corridor Committee Meeting AGENDA Thursday, March 5, 2015 Native Sons Hall 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 389 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247 ORDER OF BUSINESS CALL TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 1. WELCOME: Bertha Underhill / Dennis Mills, Highway 4 Committee Co-chairs 2. PUBLIC COMMENT 3. INTRODUCTION OF FACILITATOR 4. INTRODUCTION BY EACH AGENCY IN ATTENDANCE - Each agency's current priorities - Opportunities to potentially work together with other local agencies on projects or programs of mutual interest 5. UPDATE ON EFFORTS OF TUOLUMNE-STANISLAUS INTEGRATED REGIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE STATE GRANT FUNDING UNDER PROPOSITIONS 84 AND 1 6. COMMON AREAS OF INTEREST 7. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS 8. NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING 9. ADJOURNMENT Newspapers, For Information Only No Paperwork in Agenda In compliance with the ... (more)



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Fifth Circuit Court Disses Houston Federal Judge, Reassigns Case

In January, we took issue with U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughe's bizarre ruling in a suit against a Houston police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2011, and now the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is taking issue with another Hughes ruling. Texas Lawyer reports that, "in an extremely rare move," the circuit court has for the second time reversed Hughes' decision in a suit accusing Shell Exploration of withholding at least $19 million in royalties owed to the U.S. government -- only this time the higher court has ordered the case remanded to a different judge.



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Busy days ahead at the Capitol bring parking restrictions to the city

Hundreds of advocates from across the state are making their way to the Capitol to make their case for funding in the state budget. Hundreds of immigrants will gather in Albany for what's known as Immigrant Day of Action .



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Harry Turner should consider his position

Finally, it seems, staff have become so disillusioned by the management , that they are prepared to put their futures on the line. To put our care and safety first and foremost.



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The role of prescribed persons

Prescribed persons, as prescribed under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, are independent bodies or individuals that can be approached by whistleblowers where an approach to their employers would not be appropriate.



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Mohave County resolves medical examiner issue

Dr. Rexene Worrell of Lake Havasu City will continue to serve as Mohave County's medical examiner through June 30, 2016, in a contract extension narrowly approved Monday by the Board of Supervisors. The board voted 3-2 to extend Worrell's contract with minor modifications and no increase in monthly fees.



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Employees Seek Damages For 'Evil,' 'Outrageous' Behavior By Former El Paso County Sheriff

A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims former El Paso County Undersheriff Paula Presley kept a "missing" Internal Affairs file on the current sheriff at her house during a highly publicized controversy. The suit seeks damages for "evil" and "outrageous" behavior on behalf of Presley and former Sheriff Terry Maketa, naming them in their official and individual capacities.



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Understanding Fidelity Bonds and How They Can Protect Your Business

Fidelity bonds function differently than most surety bonds. Unlike better known types of bonds such as performance bonds and license bonds which are required by law, fidelity bonds usually are not required.



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Real Estate Notes Becoming Attractive Investment Option for...

The "Checkbook Control" Self-Directed IRA has helped our retirement clients move quick on the ability to purchase discounted real estate notes by simply writing a check IRA Financial Group, the leading facilitator of self-directed IRA LLC solutions, announces, has seen a recent trend in self-directed IRA real estate investors turning to real estate notes as an investment option in 2015. Because of the supply for real estate notes at discounted prices has not yet dried up, self-directed IRA real estate investors are turning to real estate notes as a source for strong tax-deferred gains.



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Chattanooga's Live Music Scene - " The Curious Case Of Sly Stone

A recent court case involving Sly Stone found in his favor, to the tune of $5 million dollars.



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Handing out bread; Lights out in Commercial; Conference of Mayors; BEN Column, March 3,...

The column that says Pathstone has signed up 20 people between the ages of 14 and 24 in Bridgeton in order to spend that $1 million the U.S. Department of Labor has given them, and they need 105 more, so call Minnett at 732-575-7295 if you've had a brush with the law and need to get your life back on track. Despite the ice, Goldie Wulderk's Senior Thrift & Caring Center in Bridgeton is giving out bread products -- and that includes English muffins -- at St. Andrew's Church, in the back.



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TSA lies, hides the truth and punishes whistleblowers, claim federal air marshals

According to a recent National Review article, top-level TSA management figures "intentionally hid embarrassing information about supervisors' misconduct and targeted employees who sought to expose the truth." This was accomplished by repeatedly and systematically invoking an agency-specific secrecy designation called Sensitive Security Information .



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Open House Highlights Successful Living Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

James Caby and Delegate David Moon at the home where Caby and two others live and receive support services from Jubilee Association of Maryland. This home works, and its an excellent example of the synergy of support that Jubilee Association has been able to create.



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Dangerous and Humiliating: Health bosses pledge to end pindown restraint which could harm patients

THE shocking extent to which mental health patients in East Lancashire have been subjected to 'dangerous and humiliating' restraint techniques has been uncovered. Despite a national drive to stamp out 'prone restraint' within mental health care - in which patients are pinned face-down to the floor - the Telegraph has obtained data suggesting a huge increase in use of the controversial technique last year.



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Civil Engineering is the topic of a new 'In America' piece with host James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones is hosting a brand new segment of the television program "In America". This installment will feature an examination of the role Civil Engineers play in our daily lives.



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Monday, March 2, 2015

Dangerous and Humiliating: Health bosses pledge to end discredited...

THE shocking extent to which mental health patients in East Lancashire have been subjected to 'dangerous and humiliating' restraint techniques has been uncovered. Despite a national drive to stamp out 'prone restraint' within mental health care - in which patients are pinned face-down to the floor - the Telegraph has obtained data suggesting a huge increase in use of the controversial technique last year.



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Steep Drop in EEOC Lawsuits

During fiscal year 2014, agency litigators won the lowest monetary penalties since at least 1997; went 0-for-2 in jury trials; and filed half as many new suits as a decade before, according to statistics the agency released in February. But if there's one thing both EEOC general counsel P. David Lopez and the defense bar agree upon it's this: The numbers don't tell the whole story.



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CONCERN: Female patients are more likely to self-harm, thought to result in restraint cases

THE shocking extent to which mental health patients in East Lancashire have been subjected to 'dangerous and humiliating' restraint techniques has been uncovered. Despite a national drive to stamp out 'prone restraint' within mental health care - in which patients are pinned face-down to the floor - the Telegraph has obtained data suggesting a huge increase in use of the controversial technique last year.



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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 3

But child labor in mines and the often-dangerous factories arising from the Industrial Revolution was quickly regarded as a social ill. In response, became the first state to regulate child labor on this date in 1842.



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Where the Leadership of Black Women Can Take Us

No economic opportunity agenda for women can be complete without Black women's needs, experiences and dreams at the forefront. For the past month we have honored, as we do every year, the cornerstones of Black history who have brought us to where we are today.



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Here Are The Top 10 Part-Time Jobs For 2015

As the country has slowly recovered from the Great Recession in recent years, many workers have been forced to take on part-time or temporary work, as full-time options are often more limited. But choosing a part-time job should not mean that workers have to sacrifice their happiness or well-being .



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Sex harassment suit against Fred Fuller may be resurrected

Two former employees of Fred Fuller Oil Co. want to reopen a sexual-harassment case against the company's former president Fred Fuller that was sidelined when his firm filed for bankruptcy in November, one day before the jury trial was set to begin.



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Bank Of America Pays $155K To Settle Minn. Woman's Discrimination Claim

Bank of America is paying more than $150,000 to settle with a Minnesota woman who said the bank discriminated against her based on her disability. "It was our dream to be able to raise our kids in the country," said Kathryn Letourneau, the Bank of America customer who brought the charge of discrimination to state officials.



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Mat-Su Assembly to weigh move to lower level

A proposal coming before the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly on Tuesday night would bring the Assembly down from the high dais where it now sits. Assembly member Jim Sykes is sponsoring a resolution that would relocate the seven-member body from the dais to tables on the main floor for a three-month trial period.



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Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect

Sexual abuse of children will be reclassified as a "national threat" with jail sentences for public sector workers who fail to protect youngsters, under Government plans. It is among a series of proposals unveiled by the Prime Minister in response to abuse scandals in towns and cities where children have been consistently let down.



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Jail Threat For Child Abuse Case Neglect

Sexual abuse of children will be reclassified as a "national threat" with jail sentences for public sector workers who fail to protect youngsters, under Government plans. It is among a series of proposals unveiled by the Prime Minister in response to abuse scandals in towns and cities where children have been consistently let down.



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Johnson arrest, abuse law and a paracetamol 'alert'

The arrest of Sunderland and England star Adam Johnson on suspicion of having had sex with a 15-year-old girl covers the front pages of all the tabloids. The Daily Star says the 27-year-old was arrested at his home in County Durham.



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Commercial public records requests would become a revenue resource for agencies | 2015 Session

State and local agencies may charge a processing fee for public records sought for commercial purposes, under terms of a proposal considered by the 2015 Legislature. The issue is likely dead for this session since if failed to gain House Appropriations Committee approval by the Feb. 28 cut-off date for bill advancement.



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Answer Man: Why don't all sidewalks have curb ramps?

Question: Why do some sidewalks not have curb ramps, which makes foot traffic much easier if pushing a baby stroller, and is almost a requirement if in a wheelchair? - Anonymous Answer: All new sidewalks have those curb ramps that some refer to as "wheelchair ramps" for a simple reason: the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Sidewalks older than 25 years often do not have the ramps that make it easier for someone with mobility problems to move from the street curb to the sidewalk, said Rusty Bost, an engineer with the city of Gastonia.



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The Semi-Retirement Myth

Finding a job past a certain age is harder than reading an AARP magazine story about finding a job past a certain age. The baby boomers are going to revolutionize retirement - or so many would have us think.



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The United States Supreme Court Clarifies Boundaries of Compensable Time Under FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid for all work and receive overtime pay for work that is part of the employee's "principal activities" beyond 40 hours a week. However, the FLSA also states that employers do not have to compensate employees for work performed prior to or after the employee's "principal activities."



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Texas Advocate Helped Mold Americans With Disabilities Act

Nudging a joystick with the palm of his hand, Lex Frieden controls his motorized wheelchair with ease. He types emails with his knuckles on a phone fastened with a rubber band to his chair's armrest, making the most of the limited use of his hands.



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Workers' comp dispute underway for man who had refrigerator fall on head at nuclear plant

The former armed security officer described how that shelf and part of a wall collapsed, causing the refrigerator to fall on his head. "I woke up on the floor and was dizzy and had a headache.



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OSHA schedules meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a special meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health March 31-April 1, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The meeting will consider a draft proposal to revise OSHA's crane operator qualification requirement in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The tentative agenda also includes remarks from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, OSHA's presentation of the draft proposed standard, public comments to ACCSH, and the committee's recommendation on the proposed rule.



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How court challenges to the Affordable Care Act could affect your business

If successful, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act could potentially throw the country's medical insurance environment into chaos. Employers and individuals should keep a close watch.



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Supreme Court decision is a victory for whistleblowers and the media

Were media lawyers asleep at the wheel when a major whistleblower case came through the Supreme Court this term? While all eyes were turned on Jim Risen and efforts to revise Justice Department policies on when it subpoenas reporters, were we missing the potential for a major precedent affecting sources? At first glance, the ruling in January in favor of federal air marshal Robert MacLean , who leaked information to an MSNBC reporter, looks unremarkable, and it received little attention from the media lawers at a time when the focus was on Risen. The crux of the Court's decision was that a Transportation Security Administration ban on the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive security information was a regulation, not a law.



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Texas Supreme Court weekly orders

In its weekly orders, the Texas Supreme Court issued two opinions and did not grant any cases for review. Click here to read the order list and to access the two opinions.



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Manufacturing repeatability - history included

Today, U.S. manufacturing is thriving in a rebounding economy, which has returned demand to pre-recession levels and has manufacturing CEOs around the country giddy with excitement. The main concern with our industry's change of fortune is the labor force with which U.S. companies intend to meet demand.



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More peaceful than most; Pathstone's $1M; Pelura stops flow; BEN Column, March 2, update 2

We told you Saturday's protest of the Bridgeton police shooting was going to be peaceful, and we'd like to express our appreciation to those who took time to look up the law and for calling so many agencies together, because any time you have this many people together and others waiting for a chance to disrupt them, you never know how it's going to turn out. "It was a peaceful protest until a few cars came through a street where people were legally allowed to be, and those people who were allowed through got impatient with the protestors who were still permitted to be in the street.



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Woman Becomes Homeless After Employer Allegedly Fired Her For Pregnancy Accomodations

Betzaida Cruz Cardona is 32-weeks pregnant, unemployed, and homeless. But just a few months ago, she had a job she was willing and able to do that paid her rent.



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New Federal Resource Guide Encourages Employers to Do More for the Disabled

On February 3, the White House announced a new guide for employers that provides a central repository of key federal and federally-funded resources for employing individuals with disabilities . The Resource Guide is a federal interagency effort, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , and a product of the Administration's "Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative," created with the stated goal of increasing equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



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Towers are coming to Astoria, but will jobs?

Walking west on 30th Avenue from Astoria's business district, the bustling restaurants, shops and coffee spots slowly get fewer and farther between until a cluster of industrial buildings covered with Technicolor graffiti comes into view at the end of the road, across from the sprawling Astoria Houses complex. Many of the 3,000-odd residents have spent decades far removed from the mainstream - until now.



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Walker Springs Surprises: Milwaukee Journal Headline

Okay, all of you Milwaukee Journal progressive cynics. Monday's paper is again chock full of what I consider to be good old-fashioned journalism - fact-checking and analyzing Walker's actions and words.



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An Update on the U.S. Department of Labor's Agenda

Jennifer Brand, Associate Solicitor of Labor, spoke at the American Bar Association Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee's Mid-Winter Meeting on February 26. Ms. Brand provided an update on important USDOL initiatives and activities.



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SEC Targeting Broad Employee Confidentiality Clauses

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently contacted a number of companies seeking every confidentiality agreement, nondisclosure agreement, settlement agreement, and severance agreement the companies entered into with employees since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act went into effect. According to a February 25, 2015 Wall Street Journal article, the SEC is also seeking documents related to corporate training on confidentiality, as well as "all documents that refer or relate to whistleblowing" and a list of terminated employees.



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Mandate tough for restaurateurs to swallow

The decision by the state Department of Labor's acting commissioner to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers by 50 percent drew fire from many local restaurant owners. On Tuesday, Mario Musolino ordered the hike in the wage to $7.50 from $5, effective Dec. 31. " increases the wages for those who have been without a raise for far too long," he said in a statement announcing the order.



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Speak up against any wrongdoings

Whenever one of my children came home and spoke of an incident they had endured that day in or outside school that went beyond casual or minor injustice or harassment, I instantly felt the need to do something about it. To expose the wrongdoing; to right the wrong.



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House Painter With Vertigo and Restriction to Work "at Ground Level" Loses FEHA Case

Garcia v. California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation , No. ECU05684 : In a recent unpublished ruling, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a directed verdict in favor of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation against a former employee alleging disability discrimination in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act .



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a Warn Act Roundup: Jury Trial Rights, the Unforeseen Business...

Towards the end of 2014, three federal courts explored developing issues under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 , 29 U.S.C. 2101-2109 , the question presented to the court was whether a class of former employees of Virginia Fuel Corporation was entitled to try its WARN Act claims before a jury. Because the court held - as all others have - that neither the text of the WARN Act nor its legislative history conveys a statutory right to a jury trial, the court turned its analysis to whether such a jury trial right is required by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which assures the right to a jury "in Suits at common law."



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A workshop of facts on the minimum wage for BDN commenters

The Bangor Daily News in recent months has hosted Chris Busby's article regarding the city of Portland's recent proposal for raising the minimum wage , a letter to the editor on why raising the minimum wage should have been part of a survey list of ideas to create prosperity, and Heather Denkmire's Dec. 31 article offering moral reasons for passing an increase to the minimum wage in Maine. Bangor has now chimed in with City Councilor Joe Baldacci's proposal to raise the minimum wage within city limits .



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Texas advocate helped mold Americans with Disabilities Act

Nudging a joystick with the palm of his hand, Lex Frieden controls his motorized wheelchair with ease. He types emails with his knuckles on a phone fastened with a rubber band to his chair's armrest, making the most of the limited use of his hands.



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Protections, not money, can boost internal corporate whistleblowing

Research finds that strong, reliable anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, but that offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior - or at least not right away. New research from North Carolina State University and Bucknell University finds that strong, reliable anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, but that offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior -- or at least not right away.



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What's Buried In Your 401(k)?

I speak and write about investor protection, money management, health economics, ecology and social issues. My latest book is "Keynes's Way to Wealth," a revealing look inside the successful portfolios of the world's most famous economist.



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Protections, Not Money, Can Boost Internal Corporate Whistleblowing

New research from North Carolina State University and Bucknell University finds that strong, reliable anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, but that offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior - or at least not right away. "The work supports the idea that companies who want to encourage internal reporting of wrongdoing should focus on developing and implementing anti-retaliation policies to protect whistleblowers," says Dr. Eileen Taylor, co-author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of accounting at NC State.



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Welcenbach Law Offices Opens New Office in Milwaukee, WI

Welcenbach Law Office has opened a new office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to help those injured in an accident or who have suffered a work injury. We make insurance companies keep their promise and assist clients in navigating through the insurance and legal process to make them whole again.



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Obama: Protecting Hardworking Familiesa Retirement Security

"Hi everybody. In America, we believe that a lifetime of hard work and responsibility should be rewarded with a shot at a secure, dignified retirement.



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Fann bill would keep millions in tax revenues in rural areas

"We have this whole budding industry growing by leaps and bounds," Fann said. "But we don't have laws and regulations in place to govern the industry."



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WALeg Week 8 on tap: On the floor.

Both chambers will spend most of the week voting on that boatload of legislation that has been approved by committees in the previous two weeks. The Senate is expected to take up an increase in the gasoline tax to pay for large transportation projects, maintenance and public transit.



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Roth IRA, retirement products face crackdown from the Obama administration

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listen as President Barack Obama speaks at AARP in Washington last month. The Obama administration recently unveiled new rules cracking down on brokers who sell retirement products, like Roth IRAs, with conflicts of interest, like getting a cut from a company for pushing certain services.



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Senate Committee Backs Monetary Incentives for Auto Defect Whistleblowers

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends legislation to the floor of the Senate that would allow whistleblowers to share in auto company penalty payments.



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More

Jones County Junior College's Pharmacy Technology Program is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 semester, with April 1, 2015 as a priority deadline. Applications can be downloaded from the website at or by calling the department at 601-477-4230.



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Fox's Cavuto On Business: Unions Are Un-American, Mafia-Like

Over the weekend, Faux News' Cavuto On Business were singing paeans to Scott Walker for ramming through the utterly misnamed Right to Work legislation. The panel, which consisted of Neil Cavuto hosting along with Adam Lashinsky, Ben Stein, Charles Payne, Charlie Gasparino and Dagen McDowell, said that it was un-American to force people to pay union dues and compared unions to the Mafia.



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Editorial: Understanding role of service animals

The image of a service animal used to be a large breed such as a Labrador acting as a guide dog for the blind. Today there are many different breeds performing services for people with sometimes unseen disabilities.



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Grape harvesters win $163k in unpaid wages

A contractor for a top Californian winery has been ordered to pay grape harvesters more than $163,000 after he failed to pay wages for three weeks during last year's harvest. A total of 59 migrant workers went unpaid by Manuel Quezada, of Orland, while working at the Roederer Estate during last year's grape harvest in Mendocino County, where he has provided work crews for the past 10 years, according the US Department of Labor.



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Area 51 worker sees hope in Supreme Court ruling

Our eNewspaper network was founded in 2002 to provide stand-alone digital news sites tailored for the most searched-for locations for news. With a traditional newspaper format, more than 100 sites were established each with a newspaper-type name to cover the highest-ranked regions, countries, cities and states.



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Puyallup official gets labor law fine

Puyallup City Councilman John Hopkins had to pay $3,300 to the state Department of Labor and Industries for labor law violations. An audit found he used unreported and unlicensed workers at commercial properties he owns in the city.



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Michael Keeley Cornerstone Research Economic And Financial Consulting And Expert Testimony

Bankruptcy and Financial Distress Litigation Clients have retained Cornerstone Research in matters involving fraudulent conveyance and preferential transfer, valuation of distressed firms and their securities and assets, securities fraud, ERISA, lender and auditor liability, change of control, and piercing the corporate veil, among other complex topics. Cornerstone Research has experience in fraudulent transfer litigation brought by bankruptcy trustees and creditors of distressed companies.



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Whistleblower to scrutinise Trust

AN NHS whistleblower has been brought in to scrutinise the performance of the Trust which runs the county's hospitals. Gary Walker has been asked by Save the Alex campaigners to give an independent management opinion on how bosses are running Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and in particular their handling of the situation at the Alexandra Hospital.



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CPAC Labor Panel Does GOP No Favors in Outreach to Latinos, Women

Organizing among fast-food workers and home health-care aides has clearly gotten under the skin of anti-labor leaders-even as they boast of another anti-union triumph in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, February 26, 2015.



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Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

A nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease tells a newspaper that the hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her during the medical crisis. Nina Pham tells The Dallas Morning News she is preparing to file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources.



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FLSA Record Keeping and Compliance

UHV SBDC, 3402 N Ben Wilson, Victoria 10 a.m.-Noon Presenter from Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division will lead workshop. No-cost workshop on the Fair Labor Standards Act.



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CDBG: Where the $ goes

Tonight citizens will have their first of two chances to weigh in on the ways in which Marietta City Council is planning to spend $170,925 in grant funding designated for community improvements throughout the city. Whittling down dozens of projects recommended by community members during summer public hearings, council ultimately decided last week on seven projects which will receive anywhere from $1,000 to $56,000 of this year's Community Development Block Grant .



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Woman cites sign language barrier at Dallas hospital

Woman cites sign language barrier at Dallas hospital Rachel Valdez, who is deaf, says Doctors Hospital refused to provide her with a sign language interpreter Check out this story on WFAA.com: http://on.wfaa.com/1AtW4WM Rachel Valdez, 31, says on recent visit to Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake , staff refused to provide her with a sign language interpreter, and a security guard forced her to leave. Valdez says, during a recent visit to Doctors Hospital she asked for an interpreter - and was refused.



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Sen. Kennedy RememberedSAIL AWAY

The Democratic Party's most stalwart defender of civil rights, labor rights, health care, immigration, housing and education for nearly five decades in the U.S. Senate has left us. On Tuesday night, cancer claimed the life of Edward M. Kennedy, the 77-year-old senior senator from Massachusetts.



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Walmart wage hike too little, too late

Walmart recently announced it will raise the minimum wage of its lowest-level employees twice - first this spring to at least $9 an hour and then to $10 in 2016. This change is expected to challenge other businesses to consider wage hikes, yet it falls short of what is needed.



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GAO: Pension Lump Sum Offers Need Better Explanations