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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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 Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of purchasers of Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. common stock during the period between November 25, 2013 and July 9, 2014, inclusive and informs investors who wish to become proactively involved in the litigation that they have until November 17, 2014 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.



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Shootin' Blanks: Tennessee Appeals Court Dismisses...

Reminder to Tennessee whistleblowers and employers: a Tennessee Public Protection Act suit only works if the purported whistleblower has a reasonable belief that what occurred was actually illegal. To prevail on a TPPA claim, the plaintiff must show, among other elements, that he or she refused to participate in or remain silent about an illegal activity.



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GoLocalProv | News | RI Unemployment Remains at 7.7 % in August

The RI Department of Labor and Training announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2014 remained at 7.7 percent, unchanged from the July 2014 rate. This is down one and nine-tenths percentage points from the August 2013 rate.



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'The Newsroom' Returns With Storyline Ripped from MSNBC

Aaron Sorkin 's "The Newsroom" returns to HBO November 9. The 6-episode final season will include whistleblowers, a wedding, and a minor storyline ripped from a real newsroom. As Sorkin explains to EW about the characters of Jim and Hallie, played by John Gallagher Jr. and Grace Gummer : Jim is still dating Hallie, but there's tension in that relationship.



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10% of Americans admit they 'work high on marijuana'

The study also found that over 3% of Americans had shown up to work high on a drug other than marijuana Almost 30% have started the work day high on pills, but 95% of those people say they were prescribed by a doctor A new study about drug usage in the workplace has revealed that a shocking number of Americans have shown up to work high. A whooping 9.74% of people surveyed in a poll conducted for Mashable claim they have gone to their place of employment high on marijuana.



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Ely Area Food Shelf to move

The Ely Area Food Shelf should be in their new home next month. The Ely City Council agreed this week with a recent Board of Adjustment vote on granting a conditional use permit for the former Border Country Signs building at 15 W. Conan St. "They hope to be in there by October," said Kara Polyner.



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Republicans query NLRB on McDonald's liability view

Two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday asked a U.S. labor agency for more information about a recent finding that fast-food chain McDonald's Corp. could be held liable for the labor practices of franchisees, a view that has alarmed many businesses. The lawmakers said the Democratic-controlled National Labor Relations Board is trying to rewrite long-held rules governing labor relations between parent companies and franchises that are run as independent businesses.



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RI unemployment rate stays at 7.7 percent

Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman , with Thurston Armbrister, relishes the challenge of playing in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday. 'I can't wait for this matchup.'



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Massachusetts lost jobs in August, but here are some companies that are hiring

Massachusetts lost 5,300 jobs in August, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 5.8 percent, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported today.



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BP lays off staff after Hilcorp transaction

BP will be reducing its Alaska North Slope workforce by 475 as a part of the company's sale of North Slope producing assets to Houston-based Hilcorp Energy and a restructuring of BP's operations. Hilcorp, a major independent, operates mature fields in the U.S. Gulf coast states and in Cook Inlet.



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Baby on Board: Illinois Increases Protection in the Workplace for Expectant and New Mothers

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law House Bill 8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The amendment will become effective on January 1, 2015.



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Will Jacksonville's budget cuts imperil a deal with the feds to...

RT @DJatFolio : Tomorrow's Cover Today: A HEDCUT ABOVE. Art courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.



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Larger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers May Be On The Horizon

As reported by the Wall Street Journal , the Obama administration will seek to remove the $1.6 million cap on rewards to whistleblowers who provide evidence of criminal conduct by financial executives under the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act . In a speech at the New York University Law School, Attorney General Eric Holder explained that increasing the size of whistleblower awards under FIRREA "could significantly improve the Justice Department's ability to gather evidence of wrongdoing while complex financial crimes are still in progress making it easier to complete investigations and to stop misconduct before it becomes so widespread that it foments the next crisis."



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RI unemployment rate stays at 7.7 percent

The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the jobless rate was 7.7 percent in August, the same as the month before. The state's rate is the lowest it has been since July 2008, having fallen nearly 2 percentage points in the past year.



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Obama, Biden veteran Tom Kelly joins Clark Hill - Slaughter, Duncan ...

FIRST IN PI . OBAMA, BIDEN VETERAN TOM KELLY JOINS CLARK HILL: Tom Kelly - longtime aide to President Barack Obama - has joined Clark Hill as a director of government affairs, the firm tells PI.



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Union County Savings Bank denied family health coverage to female...

UNION - Union County Savings Bank teller Joanne DeVito said the tipping point came for her when her bosses told her they couldn't guarantee she'd have a job to come back to if she took time off for family leave. DeVito filed a complaint against the Elizabeth-based bank with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission then, in early 2013.



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Lawmakers And Whistleblowers Hammer Away At VA Inspector's Report

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and two whistleblowers harshly grilled and criticized the top watchdog of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a recent report that could not conclude whether long wait times at the Phoenix VA might have caused veterans' deaths. At issue was a VA report released in August that stated investigators could not "conclusively" link the deaths of 40 veterans to health care delays.



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Mobile Works receives $718,000 federal grant to train displaced workers

MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile Works Inc. has been awarded $718,000 in funding for job training under the National Emergency Grant. The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides training dollars for dislocated workers via on-the-job training or other work-based training programs in the field of aviation and maritime/shipbuilding and manufacturing.



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Here's why Whistleblowing should be on your priority list

Whistleblower protection laws have been in place for over two decades in some countries. But it's only recently that affective laws and procedures have begun to be studied equally and become one of the priorities of the G20.



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Pennsylvania's auditor general says he's launching a special audit of the state Department of Labor and Industry and its compliance with a 2008 law that bans mandatory overtime for healthcare workers. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the audit will review whether the department has investigated and resolved all complaints since the law known as Act 102 went into effect.



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ACTIVISTS on warring sides of the abortion debate rarely take the same position when it comes to Supreme Court cases involving women's rights. But pro-choicers and pro-lifers have found common cause in Young v United Parcel Service, a pregnancy discrimination case the justices will take up on December 3rd.



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U creates scholarship in honor of former President Bill Clinton

The University of Minnesota has created an $80,000 scholarship in honor of former President Bill Clinton to benefit two graduate students in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The President Bill Clinton Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion will pay for two years of tuition, as well as research positions, for two students next fall, said Eric Schwartz, the dean of the Humphrey School.



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Hospital, food producer charged with pregnancy discrimination by EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Chicago hospital and a Washington state organic fruit producer on charges of pregnancy discrimination. Roseland Community Hospital was charged Wednesday with pregnancy discrimination for refusing to accommodate an employee with a high-risk pregnancy and firing her instead.



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New Trier School Board approves $110.5M '14-'15 budget

The New Trier High School Board of Education unanimously approved the school's 2014-15 budget at its meeting Monday night in Northfield. The $110,512,898 budget, which represents a 2.77 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, was passed after a brief board discussion.



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Broad-Based Coalition Pushes For Updates To Retirement-Plan Advice

A broad-based coalition of labor unions and consumer protection groups has reiterated its support for the U.S. Department of Labor to update, strengthen and clarify rules around advice provided to workers saving through retirement plans. The DOL earlier this year delayed proposing changes to the rule governing Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans until January.



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August Jobs Numbers Poor: Three Years Away from Jobs Recovery If Trends Don't Improve

Three gamblers are suing Foxwoods Resort Casino in federal court, claiming the casino owes them more than $1.1 million they won playing mini-baccarat in December 2011, as well as $1.6 million they had deposited with the casino to cover any losses. Read The Story Here Three gamblers are suing Foxwoods Resort Casino in federal court, claiming the casino owes them more than $1.1 million they won playing mini-baccarat in December 2011, as well as $1.6 million they had deposited with the casino to cover any losses.



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House GOP: Commerce ambushed whistleblower interview

Department of Commerce officials tried to block congressional investigators from speaking with whistleblowers claiming U.S. Census Bureau records were being fabricated, according to a report by House Republicans to be released Thursday." Commerce Department officials showed up uninvited to a transcribed interview with a Census Bureau employee and put her in a position where she was forced to risk retaliation if she excluded them from the interview," according to a joint report by the House Committee on Government Oversight and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.



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Lockton Adds Gabriel, Koslowski to Employee Benefits Team in Milwaukee

Independent insurance broker Lockton, has added Account Executive Tom Gabriel and Senior Account Manager Lori Koslowski to the employee benefits team in its Milwaukee office. Gabriel joins Lockton with more than 25 years of experience in the employee benefits' arena.



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Can't You Hear Me Knocking? Amending ERISA

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE SUPREME COURT IN HEIMESHOFF v. HARTFORD LIFE & ACCIDENT INS.



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Here's why Whistleblowing should be on your priority list

Whistleblower protection laws have been in place for over two decades in some countries. But it's only recently that affective laws and procedures have begun to be studied equally and become one of the priorities of the G20.



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House GOP: Commerce 'ambushed' whistleblower interview

Department of Commerce officials tried to block congressional investigators from speaking with whistleblowers claiming U.S. Census Bureau records were being fabricated, according to a report by House Republicans to be released Thursday. "Commerce Department officials showed up uninvited to a transcribed interview with a Census Bureau employee and put her in a position where she was forced to risk retaliation if she excluded them from the interview," according to a joint report by the House Committee on Government Oversight and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.



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Kentucky's unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent in August 2014

Kentucky's unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent in August 2014 FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training , an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Government sues Arlington firm over firing of pregnant women

Since 2011, the EEOC has filed more than 45 lawsuits involving pregnancy discrimination, litigation that has resulted in $3.5 million in judgments against employers as well as other injunctive and case-specific relief, the agency said. "I am surprised that this issue continues to be a recurring theme in the workplace in this day and age," said Robert Canino, the regional attorney for the EEOC's Dallas office., in a prepared statement.



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Project Creates Images of People with Disabilities to Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act

PRLog - Sep. 17, 2014 - GOLDEN, Colo. -- The ADA Image Project is disability-centered photography project celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.



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Holder calls for bigger rewards for whistleblowers

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today called on Congress to provide bigger financial rewards to Wall Street whistleblowers, arguing that the current payoffs are too small to entice executives to provide evidence against their employers who have committed wrongdoing. He is hopeful that such cooperation would lead to criminal cases connected to the financial crisis.



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Holder Seeking More Incentives for Wall St. Whistleblowers

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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'The Newsroom' Season 3: Aaron Sorkin teases Kat Dennings casting and final seasn weddings

"The Newsroom" might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean creator Aaron Sorkin doesn't have a lot to tell fans. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly , Sorkin teased new castings, anticipated weddings and government whistleblowers.



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Holder Calls for Higher Payouts to Wall Street Whistleblowers

To ramp up successful prosecutions of Wall Street wrongdoers, the U.S. Attorney General is proposing larger financial rewards for whistleblowers. In the past, the best a Wall Street whistleblower could hope for was the satisfaction of knowing that justice was served .



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Senate Republicans Filibuster Equal Pay For Women

Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Did you hear about it on the radio? Did you read about it in your local paper? There is an election coming and accurate, objective information is essential for democracy to function.



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Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.



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The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime. Holder did not describe the investigations in a speech at New York University's law school except to say that they're "focused on the conduct of individuals" and involve wrongdoing that has undermined the financial markets.



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Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime. Holder did not describe the investigations in a speech at New York University 's law school except to say that they're "focused on the conduct of individuals" and involve wrongdoing that has undermined the financial markets.



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Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.



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Wells Fargo Bank pays $290,000 to 4 Nevada tellers to settle same-sex harassment lawsuit

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.



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Holder Calls for Increased Whistleblower Rewards

The Justice Department expects to bring criminal charges in the coming months in investigations involving financial institutions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he called for better incentives for Wall Street whistleblowers who report crime. Holder did not describe the investigations in a speech at New York University's law school except to say that they're "focused on the conduct of individuals" and involve wrongdoing that has undermined the financial markets.



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Wells Fargo pays $290K in Reno sex harassment case

Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.



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Eighth Circuit Clarifies False Claims Act Pleading Standards for Whistleblowers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently held that whistleblowers may satisfy the False Claims Act's heightened pleading standards without providing representative examples of false claims, such as invoices, as long as they provide other indicia of their reliability, such as personal knowledge of allegedly fraudulent practices. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Iowa that provides services to patients, including those eligible for Medicaid, through clinics in various locations.



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Mandates to blame

Mayor Dayton King made the right decision in discontinuing the city's "oil and stone" treatment of city streets. We acknowledge the oil and stone effort was an honest attempt by Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones to fix more city streets on a limited budget, but that attempt has resulted in dust clouds on city streets, dust settling on people's property and scratches to people's cars.



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Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

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Legion-supported veterans jobs bill introduced in Senate

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have introduced a bipartisan bill that would restore the full services of veterans job-search coaches who were restricted by the Department of Labor in April. The Veterans Employment & Training Services Act, which has the full support of the Legion, would restore the services of Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialists.



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Groups ramp up push to get disabled Texans to vote

Disability advocates, from left, Mark Cundall, Bob Kafka and Bryson Smith speak about mobilizing disabled Texans to vote at a Capitol news conference Wednesday. More than 50 disability rights advocacy groups and Texas nonprofits have banded together to try to mobilize the state's more than 3 million disabled residents to vote on Nov. 4. The groups have created a website promoting a Texas Disability Issues Forum, which will be held in Austin next week.



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Governor launches $1M grant competition

As part of his Drive to 55 initiative, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has launched the Labor Education Alignment Program competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission will administer the program and is currently accepting applications from local organizations looking to create new programs or acquire equipment that will help train potential workers.



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Holder seeks increased whistleblower rewards in financial fraud cases to induce ...

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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UPDATE 1-U.S. atty general urges changes to fight more Wall St crime

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for changes that could help prosecutors build criminal cases against senior Wall Street executives, saying companies often insulated their leaders from responsibility for misconduct. In a speech before New York University School of Law, Holder made some of his most extensive comments yet on how the department might better prosecute white-collar crime, proposing larger rewards for Wall Street whistleblowers and more FBI agents with forensic accounting expertise.



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'The Newsroom" Season 3: Aaron Sorkin talks Kat Dennings casting, weddings, and more

"The Newsroom" might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean creator Aaron Sorkin doesn't have a lot to tell fans. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly , Sorkin teased new castings, anticipated weddings, and government whistleblowers.



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Anticipation Builds for Construction Upturn

The construction sector is the largest consumer of steel, so for the steel industry to have done so well with mediocre support from its top market is a testament to the hidden strength of the economy's recovery. How much better will steelmakers and distributors fare when construction finally takes off? They may soon find out.



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Holder seeks increased whistleblower rewards in financial fraud cases to induce co-operation

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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Senate GOPers Filibuster Equal Pay For Women

Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Of course not! Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act.



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EEOC Sues Tiny's Organic for Pregnancy Discrimination

Wenatchee fruit grower Tiny's Organic violated federal law by firing a farm worker for becoming pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed today. The federal agency said that Tiny's Organic took the illegal action against Maria Guillen nine days after she disclosed that she was pregnant with twins.



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Graystone Consulting Expands Presence in the Midwest and Adds Institutional Consulting Team

They join from Manager. 'Their clients will continue to benefit not only from the team's high level of skills and experience but also through the expanded and sophisticated institutional capabilities available through our Firm.'



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Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

Columbus High's Rafa Martinez hits a chip shot out of the sand trap on the 18th hole Tuesday, en route to a 69 to lead the Explorers to a 12-shot win at the Youth Fair Golf Tournament. "> Columbus High's Rafa Martinez hits a chip shot out of the sand trap on the 18th hole Tuesday, en route to a 69 to lead the Explorers to a 12-shot win at the Youth Fair Golf Tournament.



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Washington Employers Changes Name to Archbright

Washington Employers, a 78 year-old organization founded in 1936, and now the region's largest HR and employment law resource, has changed its name to Archbright . Along with the new name, Archbright is also adding payroll services and retirement planning to its core HR consulting, employment/labor law counsel, employee training, and worker's compensation services for its more than 1,000 employer-members.



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Gray TV in Labor Dispute with Employees of North Dakota Station

Three former employees of Gray Television's newly purchased Bismarck, N.D. FOX affiliate KNDX are at odds with the station group over why they are now without jobs. The Bismarck Tribune reports , Gray says the employees' positions were eliminated as part of the company's planned consolidation of its newly purchased North Dakota stations.



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Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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Labor gets rare South win at American Airlines

The result caps a 19-year organizing campaign by the Communications Workers of America. That is generally very hostile territory for organized labor.



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Zywave buys health plan document software business

Zywave of Wauwatosa has acquired a software business that is expected to simplify the process of creating health plan documents for clients. Wauwatosa insurance technology firm Zywave Inc. said Wednesday that it acquired a software tool that automatically produces compliant health plan documents and summary plan descriptions.



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Washington Employers Changes Name to Archbright

Along with the new name, Archbright is also adding payroll services and retirement planning to its core HR consulting, employment/labor law counsel, employee training, and worker's compensation services for its more than 1,000 employer-members. The name change from Washington Employers to Archbright facilitates expansion to other Northwest states and eliminates confusion that the organization is a government agency.



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Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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Holder wants to boost payouts for Wall Street whistleblowers

In a speech slated for delivery Wednesday in New York, Holder will ask Congress to change a federal law to increase the financial reward paid to anyone who provides evidence of financial fraud to the government. He'll also announce plans to increase the number of FBI agents with forensic accounting experience who are focused on investigating white collar crime, according to a Justice Department official.



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Holder calls for increased whistleblower rewards

In a speech Wednesday at New York University, Holder asked Congress to raise a cap on the amount of money a whistleblower can receive for reporting misconduct. The goal is to encourage more whistleblowers at financial firms to come forward.



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JVM Property Management to Launch "JVM Rewards," an Innovative...

INCENTCO LLC announced that Oak Brook, Illinois based JVM Property Management will be using its loyalty and rewards platform and engagement technology to launch an innovative resident loyalty program, "JVM Rewards." "Innovators in the fee management multi-family industry are few and far between," says Gerry Wiatrowski, INCENTCO Co-Founder.



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Civil Rights Exhibition Has Been Put On Display

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 opens recently at the Library of Congress. "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom" is located in the Southwest Gallery on the second level of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The year-long exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It closes on Sept.



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Contra Costa Employer Fraud Task Force Targets Residential Care Home Industry

A multi-agency task force led by Contra Costa District Attorney Mark A. Peterson served search warrants on four residential care homes today and arrested and filed charges against the owners of several other residential care homes based on previous and separate search warrants. Four owners and 19 homes were involved in the investigations.



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JVM Property Management to Launch "JVM Rewards," an Innovative...

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.-- --INCENTCOa LLC announced that Oak Brook, Illinois based JVM Property Management will be using its loyalty and rewards platform and engagement technology to launch an innovative resident loyalty program, "JVM Rewards." "Innovators in the fee management multi-family industry are few and far between," says Gerry Wiatrowski, INCENTCOa Co-Founder.



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Goodbye Rosedale Technical Institute; hello Rosedale Technical College

The non-profit school today announced the name change which it said better reflects the school's "historic and growing impact on workforce development." Along with the name change, Rosedale president Dennis Wilke announced three new programs that are being added: industrial technician, welding, and auto body and business management.



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Merry Maids franchisee settles EEOC pregnancy bias suit for $40,000

A Wisconsin Merry Maids franchisee has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, the agency said. Kenosha, Wisconsin-based V&B L.L.C., a franchisee of Merry Maids, which is a unit of Memphis, Tennessee-based ServiceMaster Co., was charged with firing Belinda Sternemann in 2011 because she suffered from pregnancy-related issues, the EEOC said Tuesday in a statement.



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FTC Big Data Workshop: More Transparency, Please

The Federal Trade Commission wants to know what marketers are doing with segmentation profiles like "urban scrambler" and "ethnic second city struggler." The potential for advertising segmentation to exacerbate inequality was a central topic at Monday's FTC workshop, "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?" The Washington, D.C., event included representatives from advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union on the consumer side and the National Retail Federation on the marketers' side, as well as data companies like Epsilon.



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U.S. Grant to Help Tennessee Reduce Worker Misclassification

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contracts. The money will also go to detecting instances where employees fail to report the wages paid to workers.



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Assurant Names Colberg as President, CEO

Specialty insurance provider Assurant Inc. has named Alan B. Colberg, as president, effective immediately, and as chief executive officer and director of the company's board, effective Jan. 1, 2015. He succeeds Robert B. Pollock who announced his plan to retire earlier this year after 33 years with the company.



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Holder Warns of Charges Against Bankers, Seeks Informants

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is bearing down on Wall Street, warning of charges against individual bankers and pushing for more money to reward executives who come forward with evidence of financial crime. "A corporation may enter a guilty plea and still see its stock price rise the next day.



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JVM Property Management to Launch a oeJVM Rewards,a an Innovative...

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.-- --INCENTCOa LLC announced that Oak Brook, Illinois based JVM Property Management will be using its loyalty and rewards platform and engagement technology to launch an innovative resident loyalty program, "JVM Rewards." "Innovators in the fee management multi-family industry are few and far between," says Gerry Wiatrowski, INCENTCOa Co-Founder.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Class action certification requested in Crittenden Regional Hospital...

The number of plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit over the alleged failure of Crittenden Regional Hospital to pay for employees' health insurance claims is growing. Attorney Denny Sumpter asked the Circuit Court of Crittenden County on Friday to certify the lawsuit as a class action.



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NSA Reform - Real or Imaginary?

Note: Whistleblowers Edward Loomis and J. Kirk Wiebe have signed our letter opposing the current version of the USA FREEDOM Act. Please add your name to our letter to congress.



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Town moves forward with signal upgrades

All 15 traffic signals in Paradise will get an upgrade after a vote from the Paradise Town Council. The project will retrofit the traffic signals to include a battery backup system in case of power outages and an signal override system that allows approaching emergency vehicles to change the signal.



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NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers

The USA Freedom Act sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy has split left and libertarian groups hoping to reform the NSA. Photo: Win McNamee James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden's leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance.



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Miller: Did VA pressure investigators to alter report?

Congressman Jeff Miller is questioning whether the Veterans Affairs administration watered down an independent investigator's report on the agency.



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Cops: Kingston woman stole $16K in jobless benefits

A Kingston woman has been charged with stealing more than $16,000 in unemployment benefits, following an investigation by state police and the state Department of Labor.



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Pregnancy bias claims decline

The number of pregnancy discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Maryland fell 24.7 percent from fiscal 2010 to 2013, more than double the national rate of decline over that period.



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Shell Oil, Motiva to pay $4.5 million in back wages to refinery workers

An image from the Shell Geismar Plant website on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Shell Oil Co.



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Town moves forward with signal upgrades

All 15 traffic signals in Paradise will get an upgrade after a vote from the Paradise Town Council. The project will retrofit the traffic signals to include a battery backup system in case of power outages and an signal override system that allows approaching emergency vehicles to change the signal.



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HHS Asserts the Everybody-Does-It Defense

Anybody with children has heard the "everybody-does-it" excuse. You know, you scold your child for eating junk food.



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Shell And Motiva To Pay Nearly $4.5M In Overtime Back Wages

Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell gasoline and other products, have agreed to pay $4,470,764 in overtime back wages to 2,677 current and former chemical and refinery employees as a result of investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act .



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Brooklyn Public Library to recommend $52 million sale of...

A sale of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to real estate developer the Hudson Companies for $52 million will be recommended when the library's board convenes Tuesday evening as a method to finance necessary renovations, improve service and create new housing . The recommendations come after a request for proposals last year to develop the site and replace the library on the ground floor with a new facility as part of the sale.



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Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Even Save Lives

My mom and dad both have jobs in medicine, so I am some what familiar with how doctors, nurses, and specialists run their practice. My mom works with cancer patients so when I came across this rather shocking article about a doctor treating chemo patients and other patients in an inhumane way, I knew I wanted to write about it in a blog.



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O'Reilly Automotive Consents to Early Entry of Decree Resolving EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

O'Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc., a national company with over 4,000 stores, will pay $35,000 under a consent decree entered here which resolves a sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC had alleged that O'Reilly subjected a male employee working in one of its Chicago stores on the South Side to sexual harassment by his female store manager.



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Officials: Man's arm mangled by cement mixing machine

A man was severely injured Tuesday morning when his arm became stuck inside a cement mixing machine, emergency officials said. Crews responded to the scene, a cement company in the 4800 block of West Marginal Way SW, at about 7 a.m. after receiving a report of an industrial accident, said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.



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New EEOC Report Identifies Common Errors by Federal Agencies in...

As part of its continuing efforts to improve the federal sector complaint process, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today released a new report, Preserving Access to the Legal System: Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Complaints of Discrimination on Procedural Grounds . In the equal employment opportunity process for federal employees and applicants for federal employment, federal agencies initially process complaints of employment discrimination.



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OSHA Cites Prarie Ag Partners After Worker Dies Due to Engulfment at Lake Preston, SD Facility

Lake Preston, SD-A 51-year-old worker was fatally injured when he became engulfed in flowing grain in a railcar load-out elevator at Prairie Ag Partners . On March 15, 2014, the incident occurred when the worker attempted to remove a jam from a chute while the auger operated.



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75 Comcast SportsNet Houston employees facing layoffs

Seventy-five of the 115 employees of Comcast SportsNet Houston were informed Tuesday that their jobs will be eliminated if a federal bankruptcy judge approves a plan backed by the Astros and Rockets to sell the financially troubled network to DirecTV and AT&T. Employees were informed of the potential layoffs at midafternoon by officials from a law firm representing the Houston Regional Sports Network partnership.



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Former Tupelo police officer's lawsuit goes to trial

It will be up to a federal jury to decide if the City of Tupelo discriminated against former police officer Letisha Mitchell. Mitchell accuses the city of disability discrimination and violating her civil rights by retaliating.



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Hidden cameras catch mechanics not changing oil, filters

"I was in the pit one day, it was maybe 50 give or take a few, I was told not to change the oil or the oil filter the whole day," claimed a whistleblower. When you get your oil changed, a mechanic should remove the oil plug and drain the oil out, then refill the oil pan.



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Tennessee Gets Grant to ID Worker Misclassification

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contracts. The money will also go to detecting instances where employees fail to report the wages paid to workers.



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EEOC McCormick Schmicks settles Md. lawsuit

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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Workers exposed to combustible dust, amputation and other serious hazards

Portage Precision Polymers of Ravenna has been cited for 15 serious safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $61,600, by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a complaint prompted an inspection. Many of the citations issued to the rubber products manufacturing plant were for exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards.



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5 of the Wackiest Fast-Food Lawsuits Ever

When Heather Starks didn't get the alfalfa sprouts she expected on her Jimmy John's sub, she started a class-action suit against the company -- and the company settled. While it may seem surprising , hers was not the first case of its kind.



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How Can Employers Avoid Litigation with the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can bring litigation against employers on behalf of workers who file discrimination or harassment claims with the EEOC. Because the EEOC is selective about filing lawsuits it litigates only in a limited number of cases where the grievance is substantial and it deems a lawsuit is warranted.



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Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott split on disability issue

State Sen. Wendy Davis says if she's elected governor, she'll support legislation to make it easier for people with disabilities to get their day in court when they're alleging state violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Responding to a survey by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Davis said she would support legislation to waive the state's sovereign immunity in such cases.



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Touted Developments Contradict Rationales For Minimum-Wage Increase

A White House report has extoled wage-rate increases by "state legislatures and governors; mayors, county executives and city councils; and business leaders" as supposedly being compelling reasons to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. A flood of public statements by the U.S. Labor Department and numerous media discussions have been to the same effect.



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Arlington company sued by government for firing pregnant women

An Arlington pharmaceutical supply company is being sued by the federal government for civil rights violations following the firing of two female employees because they were pregnant. The owner of Pharmacy Solutions, a compounding pharmacy, allegedly made inappropriate comments and then terminated pharmacist Arian Lemon and technician Emilee Stephens after he discovered they were pregnant, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Dallas federal court by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



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FLDS cites - Hobby Lobby' case to fight subpoena on child labor

Specifically, the department wanted Steed to answer some questions about the workings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But a judge last week said Steed doesn't have to answer.



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Judge rebukes ATF over treatment of agent who infiltrated Hells Angels

A federal judge on Tuesday gave another black eye to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, issuing a scathing rebuke of the agency's handling of the career and security of one of its own -- celebrated undercover agent Jay Dobyns, who infiltrated the notorious Hells Angels. After a costly six-year legal battle, Judge Francis Allegra, with the federal claims court in Washington, D.C., chastised the ATF for failing to adequately protect Dobyns and his family from the gang.



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Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises to pay nearly $4.5M in overtime back ...

Shell Oil Company and Motive Enterprises have been ordered to pay nearly $4.5 million in overtime and back wages to employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday issued the following news release: HOUSTON - Shell Oil Co.



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Wells Fargo Bank settles EEOC same-sex harassment suit for $290,000

Wells Fargo Bank N.A. has agreed to pay $290,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit in which the bank was charged with creating a sexually hostile work environment at one of its branches, where four female employees were allegedly subject to same-sex harassment. The 2013 EEOC lawsuit charged that a female manager and another female bank teller at a Wells Fargo branch in Reno, Nevada, regularly subjected the four women to graphic sexual comments, gestures and images.



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Workersa Compensation Explained

David Greene, from Greene & Phillips says there are a few things you need to know when it comes to filing for workers' compensation. He says workers compensation is an insurance that every company with more than five employees is required by state law to have.



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#dnaCBIExpose: Zee Media refutes allegations by CBI director Ranjit Sinha's lawyer

Essel Group Chairman, Dr Subhash Chandra on Monday refuted the contention by CBI director's lawyer in the Supreme Court that Zee Media and its newspaper DNA was after Ranjit Sinha. "I am talking as a shareholder of Zee Media Corporation.



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The do's and don'ts of using background checks in hiring

According to a recent survey conducted by the Society of Human Resources Management , more than 90 percent of employers use criminal background and credit checks to screen potential or current employees. Due to this trend, the EEOC has issued Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1954, as amended .



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HIV-Based Employment Decision Lands Restaurant in Hot Water

According to a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission press release, Famous Chicken of Shreveport, L.L.C. a Popeye's Chicken franchisee, has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other significant relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC. The EEOC charged the company with unlawfully denying employment to an HIV-positive applicant because of his disability.



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Mining company should drop defamation lawsuits, NGOs say

ABOUT 11 non-government groups have called for a mining company, Tungkum Limited , to drop its defamation lawsuit against two leading members of the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group in Loei province. In a statement issued on Monday, the group revealed that Surapan Rujichaiwat and Porntip Hongchai had received court summonses on September 13 over defamation charges.



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Mutual of Omaha Retirement Services Hiring

Since its launch in June, approximately 50 percent of proposals and 401 sales have included the 401 Admin Advantage SM option. "The new service is resonating well with plan sponsors and we expect interest to grow," said John Corrieri, Vice President of 401 at Mutual of Omaha.



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Paul Carl Joins HORAN's Retirement Plan Consulting Organization

"His approach to educate individuals in order to secure positive outcomes benefits our clients searching for assistance with investments and retirement plan consulting," said Terence L. Horan, CLU, ChFC, President & CEO of HORAN. HORAN, a leading advisor in employee benefits and financial services, is proud to welcome Paul Carl as Vice President - Retirement Services.



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Don't Fish for Return-to-Work Medical Info Under the ADA

The moral of this story is to confirm, but don't fish, when seeking medical information from an employee returning to work following a medical leave of absence. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Minnesota-based Cummins Power Generation for requiring an employee to submit to an alleged overly broad fitness-for-duty examination.



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Black Hills logging companies owe workers more pay

As a result of a three-year multi-agency investigation, five South Dakota forestry contractors have been ordered by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to pay more than $541,000 to 66 workers. The fine is due to what the U.S. Department of Labor calls "significant violations" of the Service Contract Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.



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EEOC Sues Employer for Forcing "Onionhead" Religious Practices on Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently sued a health network, alleging that the company fired employees who refused to participate in activities that the federal agency claimed were religious practices. According to the EEOC's complaint, the company forced employees to take part in a belief system that the company called "Onionhead."



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VendScreen Touchscreens Provide Nutrition Information at Vending Machines

Corporate wellness programs across the country are urging employees to make healthier food choices, which include snacks and beverages purchased during the workday. Until now, this has been a challenge because calorie and nutrition information are not provided on the vending machines that employees depend on for these products.



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Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities Seeking Members

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities is seeking recommendations for public members. According to the announcement, the committee "is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 ); and ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates."



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An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

" I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in -- and the West in general -- into an unbearable hell and a choking life.



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Ninth Circuit: Cities Must Have On-Street Disabled Parking

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that cities have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide on-street parking that is accessible to people with disabilities. In Fortyune v.



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Nail salon safety: How safe is your nail salon?

How safe is your nail salon? If you're nail salon is one of New York City's 2,000 licensed facilities or countless others across Long Island, then the answer to that question is not very safe according to NBC News New York Tuesday. On Monday New York City Public Advocate Letitia James released a nail salon safety report and found there are only 27 inspectors statewide that gauge the safety of nail salons .



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Shared Values: The Next Step in Corporate Wellness

Despite recent growth in the stock market, an insidious process is taking hold in corporate America that should worry shareholders: Companies are having trouble retaining their top talent. Employees increasingly expect to feel important on the job, a complex desire that encompasses much more than "total compensation."



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Arizona senators dare to ask: Why haven't any VA officials been fired?

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to quickly fire VA officials involved in the health care scandal, and are asking why nothing has happened several weeks after Congress passed a bill allowing the VA to quickly dismiss or demote employees. "[W]e stress the importance of taking swift action and using the authority Congress has provided you to quickly remove the senior leaders at the VA who perpetrated the scandal of denied and delayed care for our nation's heroes," they wrote McDonald on Monday.



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CBS46 investigation catches mechanics not changing oil

"I was in the pit one day, it was maybe 50 give or take a few, I was told not to change the oil or the oil filter the whole day," claimed a whistleblower. When you get your oil changed, a mechanic should remove the oil plug and drain the oil out, then refill the oil pan.



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Monday, September 15, 2014

O'Reilly Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Springfield-based O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. settled a sexual harrassment lawsuit filed by a male employee at a store in Chicago. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the employee claimed O'Reilly subjected him sexual harassment by a female store manager.



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Labor Department announces grants to fight tax cheats

Ramon Rodriguez, left, and Rafael Limones hold signs in protest. Construction workers and supporters met to demand payment for building the BuckeyeTrail Commons apartments from general contractor Siltek Group on Sept.



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Small Businesses Workshop

The Americans with Disabilities Act affects all businesses and two Mother Lode Representatives want to make sure that local businesses are in compliance. Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow are holding a workshop and community town hall meeting in Sonora tonight on that subject and the big issues facing lawmakers.



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Special Report Promotes Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Accusing Clinton...

Right-wing media cherry-picked from an email chain between the White House and the Department of Labor to claim that it reveals a White House "cover-up" of the schedule of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who was being investigated over allegations that she had violated political fundraising rules. In fact, the last email from the White House shows that it did not object to the planned release of information from Solis' schedule.



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Civil-Liberties Groups Reject Senate Spy Reform

A cohort of civil-liberties organizations and government "whistle-blowers" oppose a bill in Congress that seeks to reform the government's bulk collection of virtually all U.S. phone records on grounds it falls far short of real surveillance reform. The coalition of leftist and libertarian groups sent a letter to lawmakers Monday urging them to vote down the USA Freedom Act, a measure that has garnered support from a wide swath of interests, including the tech industry and several other privacy groups.



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County ADA advisory committee to meet

LAS CRUCES >> The Dona Ana County Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room 1-111 at the Dona Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd. The advisory committee is focusing its efforts on planning and executing a self-evaluation of county programs, activities, and services in accordance with the requirements of the ADA. The purpose of the self-evaluation is to identify barriers to accessibility and establish a plan to remove the identified barriers.



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Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2019, vice Jacqueline A. Berrien, resigned. Benjamin L. Cardin, of Maryland, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-ninth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.



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EEOC Sues McLeod Health for Disability Discrimination

McLeod Health, Inc., a South Carolina regional health care organization that operates several medical facilities around Florence, S.C., unlawfully subjected an employee to illegal medical examinations, forced her to go on leave and subsequently fired her because of her disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit filed today. According to the EEOC's complaint, Cecelia Whitten has congenital orthopedic abnormalities that, since birth, have caused her to have difficulty standing for long periods, walking long distances and keeping her balance.



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A Strange Case of Sexual Harassment

What is ironic is that the employer in this particular case is a labor union and the plaintiff is a staff attorney. But if the employer were not in the business of enforcing employee rights, almost anyone would agree that such conduct, if true, should be enough for the supervisor to be fired, or at least removed from supervisory duties.



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Sixth Circuit Says Manufacturer's Testing for Legally Prescribed...

Americans' use of prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and other drugs with psychotropic effects has exploded over the past decade. Many of these medications include warnings for persons who take them with regard to driving or operating heavy machinery.



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Agencies Are Increasingly Dismissing Discrimination Claims for the Wrong Reasons

On average, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reversed one-third of all cases dismissed between fiscal years 2008 and 2012 by an agency without an investigation or hearing. The reversal rate has increased significantly in that time period, with the rate most recently standing at 45 percent.



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IRA Financial Group Clients Invested Over $2.6 Billion Since 2010 in...

IRA Financial Group Clients Invested Over $2.6 Billion Since 2010 in Real Estate Helping to Spur U.S. Real Estate Market, According to IRA Financial Group Report Over the last five years IRA Financial Group's self-directed IRA and Solo 401 Plan investors have taken advantage of attractive real estate opportunities We are proud that our self-directed IRA and Solo 401 plan clients have had a significant impact on the growth in the U.S. real estate markets IRA Financial Group, the leading provider of self-directed IRA LLC & Solo 401 plan solutions, announces that since 2010 its self-directed and solo 401 plan clients have invested over $2.6 billion in real estate.



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Advocates push board to give tipped workers raises

A new state Wage Board announced plans Monday to hold four hearings in 2014 before issuing a recommendation early next year on whether to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers in the hospitality industry. "I encourage industry stakeholders, employees and members of the public to submit testimony to be considered as part of the Wage Board's deliberations," said Peter Rivera, the state's labor commissioner, in a statement.



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Oakland: Two candidates vie for city auditor

In a city with dozens of citizen watchdogs, Oakland's auditor stands alone as the only elected official paid to keep tabs on spending at City Hall. With Courtney Ruby leaving her post to run for mayor, voters will get to choose between one candidate who highlights his familiarity with Oakland politics and another who touts her relative lack of participation as evidence that she would bring independence and "a fresh set of eyes" to the job.



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Federal agencies make common errors in discrimination claim filings: EEOC

A total of 81% of discrimination cases dismissed by federal agencies and subsequently overturned on appeal to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission involve either failure to state a claim or failure to comply with regulatory time limitations, the agency said Monday in a report. Of the appellate decisions issued each year by the EEOC on federal agency dismissals, about one-third are reversed, with the complaints being remanded by the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations to the agencies for investigation, according to the report, "Preserving Access to the Legal System: Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Complaints of Discrimination on Procedural Grounds."



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'More Harm Than Good': Congressional NSA Reforms a Sham, say Critics

The current form of the USA Freedom Act is "ripe for abuse" and will only embolden illegal government surveillance, charges a group of whistleblowers and civil liberties organizations. The current "gutted" version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act will only serve to legalize government's currently illegal surveillance of innocent civilians, charged a coalition of whistleblowers and civil liberties organizations in a letter published Monday calling on members of Congress to reject the empty reform.



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Seasoned Senior Account Executive Joins Burnham Benefits

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services -- one of California's most successful employee benefits brokerage firms -- today announced the addition of its newest team member, Adele Garcia to its San Francisco Bay Area office. As a senior account executive, Garcia consults with Burnham clients to help them educate, instruct and engage employees on wellness initiatives and efficient management of the health services and benefits available to them.



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Don't Miss the Deadline to File EEO-1 Reports

The Reports are filed with the EEOC's EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee, and they are used, according to the EEOC, to support civil rights enforcement and to analyze employment patterns, such as the representation of female and minority workers within companies, industries or regions. Employers with federal government contracts of $50,000 or more and 50 or more employees.



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Civil liberties advocates split over NSA reform bill

A coalition including civil liberties groups and government whistleblowers has come out against a Senate bill responding to the government surveillance and data collection revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Many observers see the current Senate version of the USA Freedom Act as the most likely to succeed.



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Indiana Issues Workplace Fatality Report 2013 Marks the Third-Lowest Number of Fatalities on Record

Monday, the Indiana Department of Labor released its annual preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report for 2013. The IDOL reported 123 worker deaths in 2013.



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The Employment Law GroupA Law Firm Helps Florida Whistleblower Win...

The Employment Law Group A law firm represented Ms. Nichols, who was fired from her administrative role at the sleep clinic in 2012 after questioning its practices.



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DOL grants $10.2 million to Texas and 18 other states to help reduce worker misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded more than $10.2 million to 19 states, including Texas, to start or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement programs. "This is one of many actions the department is taking to help level the playing field for employers while ensuring workers receive appropriate rights and protections," U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.



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EEOC Sues Employer for Allegedly Coercing Employee to Participate in Wellness Program

Employers continue to struggle to understand the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's position with regard to their wellness programs. While conceding the lawful use of such programs and the benefits achieved in terms of controlling health care expenses, the EEOC has repeatedly expressed doubts over the legality of many common wellness plan features under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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Road issues resolved

In other business Monday morning, the Barton County Commission: Approved a bid from Venture Corporation for $360,033 for the overlay on South McKinley and Railroad Avenue.



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Ind. Decisions - Upcoming oral arguments this week and next [Updated]

Hood's Gardens, Inc. After Young was injured while removing a tree stump from its property, Hood's Gardens sued, seeking a declaration that it cannot be held liable to pay Young worker's compensation benefits under IC 22-3-2-14 , which imposes secondary liability in some situations where there is a contract for the performance of work exceeding $1,000 in value. The Hamilton Superior Court granted summary judgment to Hood's Gardens after concluding that the evidence shows as a matter of law that the statutory minimum amount of value was not triggered and so Hood's Gardens may not be held liable.



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Misclassification of Employees As Independent Contractors In the News

Media outlets throughout the country have recently reported that it appears there was little to no oversight to ensure contractors, which were working on projects receiving federal stimulus money, were not misclassifying their employees as independent contractors. Contractors are motivated to misclassify their employees as independent contractors due to tax savings.



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Right-Wing Media Cherry-Pick Labor Dept. Emails To Create "Bombshell" White House "Cover-Up"

Right-wing media cherry-picked from an email chain between the White House and the Department of Labor to claim that it reveals a White House "cover-up" of the schedule of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who was being investigated over allegations that she had violated political fundraising rules. In fact, the last email from the White House shows that it did not object to the planned release of information from Solis' schedule.



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Worker Fired Over Nerve Stimulator, EEOC Claimed

On July 23, 2012, a laborer, whose suit was filed on behalf of plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was hired by MPW Industrial Services Inc., a provider of industrial cleaning, facility management and labor support services, in Dravosburg, Pa.



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Working Longer: Not the Best Retirement-Savings Plan

Thirteen percent of working adults think they will never be able to afford to retire, according to a new survey. What' more, on average, most of us figure we'll work until age 68. That's not just depressing.



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DOL proposes rule for more contractor pay transparency

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday a proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors from maintaining pay secrecy policies. Under terms of the proposal, which will be published in the Sept.



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Manhattanville College School of Business Commemorates 50th...

Manhattanville College School of Business will observe the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the campus' historic Reid Castle.



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Coalition of Civil Liberty Advocates and Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Oppose USA Freedom Act

OffNow has joined a trans-partisan coalition of surveillance whistleblowers, civil liberties advocates, and organizations representing millions of Americans urging Congress to reject the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. A joint letter released by the coalition outlines numerous concerns with the legislation, including ambiguous language that is open to abuse, the failure to include provisions specifically protecting the rights of Americans, and the reauthorization of key sections of the USA PATRIOT Act relating to intelligence gathering.



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CT: Norwich Report: Disabled Need Improved Public Transportation

Sept. 15--NORWICH -- The biggest problems faced by local people with disabilities, their families and caregivers also could be the most expensive to correct -- lack of public transportation and crumbling sidewalks and street crossings -- but should be addressed, said a new report recommending the city set up a disabilities commission. Kevin Harkins, who is blind and active in several civic groups, was asked last fall by Mayor Deberey Hinchey to research disabilities issues in the city and explore the possibility of establishing a commission to address them.



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Director of Conference Operations - Franciscan University of Steubenville

Date: September 15, 2014 Position Available: Director of Conference Operations - SG11 Position Reports to: Executive Director of Christian Outreach Department: Christian Outreach Office FLSA Status: Exempt Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., evenings and weekends POSITION SUMMARY: As part of the senior management team of the Christian Outreach Office, the Director of Operations is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of all logistical, financial, registration, hospitality, and production functions associated with the Franciscan University Summer Conferences.



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Medical marijuana: 3 things employers need to know

Florida voters won't have their chance to fully legalize medical marijuana until Nov. 4, but business owners are already sweating. "The employers that are my clients are starting to ask questions about this law that is probably going to be on the books by the end of the year," said Angelo Filippi , director of the employment and labor law practice group of South Florida law firm Kelley Kronenberg.



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Are claims for unemployment benefits trending up again?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at rally the in front of the U.S. Capitol May 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event featured Americans whose unemployment benefits expired.



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EEO-1 Survey Deadline is Approaching

The annual deadline for the completion of EEO-1 surveys is September 30, 2014. All employers subject to this requirement should have received the reports from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission .



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EEOC Sues Employer for Allegedly Coercing Employee to Participate in Wellness Program

Employers continue to struggle to understand the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's position with regard to their wellness programs. While conceding the lawful use of such programs and the benefits achieved in terms of controlling health care expenses, the EEOC has repeatedly expressed doubts over the legality of many common wellness plan features under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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Manhattanville College School of Business Commemorates 50th...

Manhattanville College School of Business will observe the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special colloquium Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the campus' historic Reid Castle.



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Melanson has plan for whistleblower protection

Mayoral candidate Dan Melanson's platform proposal - Whistleblower Protection - to be debated at Council SUDBURY - Mayoral candidate Dan Melanson, applauds council for bringing forward one of his platform proposals, whistleblower protection for city employees, and hopes that it passes unanimously. "Members of Council need to work together with city staff to find solutions to help realize our true potential," stated Melanson.



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Can You Fire a Director Who's Too Old to Effectively Govern?

A corporation's directors, as agents of the shareholders, are where the buck stops in terms of corporate governance. They're also ultimately responsible for oversight of management.



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OSHA tightens reporting requirements for fatalities, injuries and illness

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new rule to tighten its fatality, injury and illness reporting requirements as of 2015. Effective Jan. 1, employers will be required to report work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses within 24 hours, OSHA said Thursday in a statement.



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StanCorp Financial Group's "Neutral" Rating Reaffirmed at Zacks

's stock had its "neutral" rating reaffirmed by Zacks in a research note issued to investors on Monday. They currently have a $68.00 price objective on the stock.



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Solon reiterates claims of 'hidden pork' in 2015 budget

MANILA ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio reiterated his claim that there are hidden pork barrel funds for lawmakers in the 2015 national budget of as much as P94 million per lawmaker. During the budget deliberations at the plenary of the House of Representatives, Tinio said these are lodged in projects of the Department of Health, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Labor and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, and state universities and colleges.



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Civil Liberties Advocates, Organizations and Whistleblowers Tell...

Firedoglake is proud to join civil liberties advocates, organizations and whistleblowers in urging members of Congress to oppose the NSA reform bill known as the USA FREEDOM Act . Today, our coalition sent the following letter to members in the House and Senate.



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VA chief: - Tens of thousands' more medical staff needed

The Department of Veterans Affairs ne ed s " tens of thousands" more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert "Bob" McDonald, told lawmakers Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.



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Travel Pay - Best Practices to Comply with Federal Regulations

Learn when and how you must compensate employees for travel time. Ensure you comply with the requirements under the Portal Act.



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Fall job fairs scheduled around the state

Fall hiring is ramping up around Maine as businesses prepare for end-of-year and the holiday season, providing an opportune time for job seekers. The Department of Labor's network of 12 CareerCenters will be sponsoring or participating in several career fairs.



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Alabama

Fifty-one years ago today, the Ku Klux Klan exploded a bomb in Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church .The explosion killed four little girls. The act of domestic terrorism further ignited the civil rights movement and boosted support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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Information on CBI director: SC seeks whistleblower's identity

The Supreme Court Monday asked NGO CPIL to disclose to it the identity of the whistleblower who gave information on alleged interference by CBI director Ranjit Sinha in the probe and prosecution in 2G spectrum cases and who also provided details of the accused who visited his official residence. Asking the NGO to disclose the identity of the person, the bench of Chief Justice designate Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice S.A. Bobde said: "We want to know the authenticity of the person who has given the information."



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Four More Neighborhood Conservation Projects Up for Approval

Four projects aimed at improving pedestrian safety, removing invasive plants and more are likely to be approved at this Saturday's regular Arlington County Board meeting. The final four projects funded by the 2012 Neighborhood Conservation bond, approved in June by the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee, will receive a total of $2,540,175 if the Board approves them.



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Inside the ER where four dead girls were brought 51 years ago today after a horrific church bombing

Shortly before four dead bodies are rushed into Hillman Emergency Clinic at University Hospital Betty Ruth Speir, a medical resident, notices police flooding the hallways. Armed with shotguns and rifles, the officers station themselves outside the emergency room.



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Recruit, Set, Match

Maybe you've seen him on TV, relaxing with couples who've met on his popular dating site, eHarmony.com. Founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren says the dating game is a lucrative one: 44 million people use the site, and 1.2 million people he's matched since 2000 have walked down the aisle - more marriages than any other online dating service, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .



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Teen with disabilities enrolls in college program

Like many people, when Daniel Castellanos graduated J.P. McCaskey High School in 2013, he wanted to go to college. But Castellanos said he didn't want to go there because he didn't feel he'd be improving himself, he said.



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Auto parts chain resolves EEOC sexual harassment case

An automotive parts chain has agreed to pay $35,000 under a consent decree to resolve a sexual harassment case before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission . The settlement of the case involved a female store manager who was accused of harassing a male worker, the agency said Sept.



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Federal Court Finds No Willful Violation for Misclassification of Mortgage Loan Officers

A federal court in Oklahoma delivered another blow to claims by mortgage loan officers that they are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act . In Chapman v.



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Teen with disabilities enrolls in college program

Like many people, when Daniel Castellanos graduated J.P. McCaskey High School in 2013, he wanted to go to college. But Castellanos said he didn't want to go there because he didn't feel he'd be improving himself, he said.



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Teen with disabilities enrolls in college program

Like many people, when Daniel Castellanos graduated J.P. McCaskey High School in 2013, he wanted to go to college. But Castellanos said he didn't want to go there because he didn't feel he'd be improving himself, he said.



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Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to...

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of H-1B physicians. The court found these fees are considered business expenses that employers may not deduct.



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Dole Archive expands digital content on political leaders, topics

In conjunction with the 2015 National History Day theme, Leadership and Legacy in History, the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics has released new online modules featuring primary source documents from their collections. New topics featured include animal rights as well as biographical materials related to former senators Nancy Kassebaum and Bob Dole as well as former president George H.W. Bush.



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Can't Do That, Student Tells Virginia College

Virginia College, a profit-seeking school, booted a student from campus and told her not to come back because she refused to give the school her medical records, the woman claims in court. Mildred J. Williams sued Virginia College on Sept.



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Hagens Berman Reminds Investors in Ocwen Financial Corporation of the ...

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a top-tier investor-rights law firm, reminds investors of the Oct. 14, 2014, lead plaintiff deadline in the securities fraud class action against Ocwen Financial Corporation . Investors who purchased Ocwen shares between May 2, 2013 and August 11, 2014 and have losses greater than $200,000.00 should contact Hagens Berman Partner Reed Kathrein, who is leading the firm's investigation, by calling 725-3000, emailing OCN@hbsslaw.com or visiting .



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7 Reasons Why Paul LePage Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Maine Gov. Paul LePage.



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Post-9/11: Protect the 'Freedom To Warn'

That's what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire.



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Sage cafe opens today at Pleasanton Senior Center

The Pleasanton Senior Center will host the Grand Opening of the Sage Cafe starting at 11:30 a.m. today. The cafe is the result of a partnership between the Pleasanton Senior Center and Open Heart Kitchen, which will manage the cafe as the center's new congregate meal program.



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M-15 public meeting scheduled in Davison

WHAT: The Michigan Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an informational open house regarding proposed improvements on M-15 in the city of Davison. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with MDOT staff and ask questions about the project.



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Employee Taking Protected HIPAA Information Not Protected Under ADEA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires health care providers and other businesses to protect the confidentiality of certain patient information. Last month in an unpublished decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the termination of an employee who removed HIPAA-protected information from the workplace in an attempt to aid a former coworker's age discrimination claim against the employer.



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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $20 Million in TIGER Funds for MBTA Ruggles Station

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Boston today to announce that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been selected to receive $20 million in TIGER funds towards a $30 million project to modernize Ruggles Station. The project is one of 72 transportation projects selected to receive a total of nearly $600 million in 46 states and the District of Columbia from the Department of Transportation's TIGER 2014 program.



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Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to...

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of H-1B physicians. The court found these fees are considered business expenses that employers may not deduct.



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Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation Give Young Job Seekers a Roadmap to Opportunity

Two young people with completely different upbringings were certain of two things - nobody would help them and the future was bleak. "Life is heartbreaking sometimes," said 23-year-old Shane Holmes.



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MED Week update: Social and economic improvement, one block at a time

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty , president and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, was a 30-year veteran of "banking, finance and retail" when she switched gears and went to work for the nonprofit she now directs as an AmeriCorps intern. "I served them two years as an intern," she said.



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Ind. Decisions - Upcoming oral arguments this week and next

Hood's Gardens, Inc. After Young was injured while removing a tree stump from its property, Hood's Gardens sued, seeking a declaration that it cannot be held liable to pay Young worker's compensation benefits under IC 22-3-2-14 , which imposes secondary liability in some situations where there is a contract for the performance of work exceeding $1,000 in value. The Hamilton Superior Court granted summary judgment to Hood's Gardens after concluding that the evidence shows as a matter of law that the statutory minimum amount of value was not triggered and so Hood's Gardens may not be held liable.



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5 Retirement Planning Rules For Recent Graduates

Young people just starting out may not know where they are headed in terms of a career path. However, that doesn't mean that they shouldn't plan for retirement.



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Jobs on the endangered list

Technology killed the switchboard operator, the lamp lighter and the ice cutter.



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Continued work on Oakland Drive at Parkview Avenue intersection among local road projects this week

City of Kalamazoo road crews will continue work this week on the reconstruction of the intersection at Oakland Drive and Parkview Avenue as part of a host of Kalamazoo County road projects expected to continue this week. While the work, which includes adding a through lane on westbound Parkview and southbound Oakland, was originally slated to be finished by Aug. 29, the project is now on track to be finished by Nov. 21, according to a joint press release issued by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage.



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GE Lighting settles OFCCP discrimination complaint

GE Lighting LLC has offered to settle allegations of hiring discrimination being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Under the terms of the agreement, the federal contractor will pay $537,000 in back wages and interest to 102 women who were rejected for entry-level attendant positions at the company's Bucyrus facility.



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Being Elmo: A constitutional right

You don't need a license to beg in New York. But a proposed law would require you to get one if you beg while hiding your face with a costume, makeup or mask.



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State doesn't regulate recovery homes and city can't do it

And for a city like Philadelphia, where addiction is endemic and hundreds of recovery homes operate largely off the grid, the lack of controls creates a free-wheeling landscape rife for abuse. "Right now, you have recovery homes that are actually good stewards in the sense that they are in it for the right reasons and provide sober, clean and safe living environments because they want people to be successful in their recovery," said state Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks County.



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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creating opportunities: Grant money would fund manufacturing training programs

A $15 million federal grant would allow community colleges throughout the state to provide the skills needed for New Yorkers to obtain a variety of manufacturing jobs. U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer said during a conference call Wednesday that he has encouraged the U.S. Department of Labor to award funding to community colleges in the State University of New York system.



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Linda Street construction on agenda

The Fort Morgan City Council will consider action on multiple agenda items related to the construction of several more blocks of Linda Street at the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. Plans are in the works for the nonprofit Community Resources & Housing Development Corp. to build a 50-unit housing development on recently annexed land east of the Morgan County Department of Human Services building on East Beaver Avenue.



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Around 7,000 attend final Harkin Steak Fry

The final Harkin Steak Fry attracted a historic crowd of about 7,000 people who flocked to Indianola to pay tribute to Sen. Tom Harkin. Democratic supporters attended the final Harkin Steak Fry at the Indianola Balloon Fields, where the number of attendees has only been outdone in 2007.



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Jobs on the endangered list

Flight attendant jobs, more plentiful in 1960, have dwindled as airlines have merged and cut flights, but the Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Anthony DeMaio says the industry has stabilized and are hiring again. And it's a threat for workers in a variety of other fields, from flight attendants to drill press operators to lumberjacks.



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New playgrounds are welcome additions in Marion

The town's two new playgrounds, at Washburn Park and the site of a former school playground on Point Road, are already a hit with parents and neighbors. The equipment in Washburn Park's new 4,800-square-foot playground includes slides, climbing towers and swings for both toddlers and older children.



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SC ignores laws under ADA concerning service dogs in business establishments

This article will bring to light a problem veterans with service dogs in South Carolina face on a daily basis. The right to enter a business establishment accompanied by their service dog.



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Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To ...

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about the monthly job numbers, from the White House in Washington May 7, 2010. U.S. nonfarm payrolls grew at the fastest pace in four years in April as private sector employers ramped up hiring, raising the strong possibility that the labor market recovery may be picking up steam.



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It's Never Too Early To Start Saving

Graduating college is a major milestone and achievement in one's life, especially given that only 53% of college students graduate within six years, according to the American Enterprise Institute. After commencement, responsibilities in the form of attending classes and taking exams are soon replaced by landing a good job, launching one's career, paying back student loans and saving.



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We Could Car Less: Movie trivia, win a bus passWe Could Car Less:...

Dear Goya: Can you use your column to educate people about the RIDES/Taxi Voucher program that supplements MST bus services for the disabled? I have We Could Car Less: Movie trivia, win a bus pass Dear Goya: Can you use your column to educate people about the RIDES/Taxi Voucher program that supplements MST bus services for the disabled? I have Check out this story on thecalifornian.com: http://bit.ly/1tTy7qj Dear Goya: Can you use your column to educate people about the RIDES/Taxi Voucher program that supplements MST bus services for the disabled? I have seen little publicity about these services for the November sales tax measure. I ride the bus most of the time.



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