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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lewis County snapshot

Farm income gives county residents spending power and high prices for wheat, cattle and other commodities are giving the county a boost, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.



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DHS sec'y puts ex-watchdog on leave after report

The secretary of the Homeland Security Department put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave Thursday following the release of a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political ... (more)



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Info Surfaced Regarding GM Whistleblowers and Supplier Relations

General Motors executives leading crash investigations of Cobalt and Ion models where airbags didn't deploy were passing the buck or quit in the middle of the queries, according to company documents cited by Bloomberg last week.



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New internship programs aim to get Vt. students connected

While most agree school is an important ingredient for success, getting hands-on experience in the workforce can also be educational.



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Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.



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Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives such as late Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and former Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt to corral less affluent employees working on a variety of products and online services.



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Naperville Park District. using savings to improve Jackson Avenue buildings

The narrow sidewalk in front of the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center in downtown Naperville will be widened as part of an exterior maintenance project the Naperville Park District is undergoing.



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Special Planning Commission Meeting

This agenda category is limited to 15 minutes to be allocated as determined by the Planning Commission Chair.



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Ex-DHS Watchdog Sidelined Over Actions

The secretary of the Homeland Security Department put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave Thursday following the release of a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political ... (more)



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Fairfax County officials address dangers of hoarding at presentation

According to Inspector Peggy DeLean of the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance, hoarders have been around since the 14th century.



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Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe settle class-action alleging they formed cartel to retain workers

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.



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Hosting Two Workshops During National Small Business Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2014 CONTACT David Staudacher Information Coordinator Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection 744-5291 National Small Business Week is May 12 to16 and the City of Chicago's Small Business Center is hosting two workshops to help entrepreneurs get started and grow their businesses.



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Carlsbad City Council says no to developer's request to skip sidewalks

April 24 -- CARLSBAD -- Sidewalks are important. That was the message sent by the Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday when it denied a developer's request to build a housing development south of Hidalgo Road without required sidewalks.



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Hiring Summer Associates: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Are you planning to hire an intern? Here are three mistakes to avoid so that you and the associate can both have a productive experience: Don't hire a summer associate unless you know that you'll be extending an offer later if she meets expectations.



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Employee Terminated for Stealing Caused by Disability Entitled to Discrimination Trial

Is an employer allowed to enforce a uniformly-applied workplace conduct policy against an employee whose misconduct was caused by her disability? A federal district court in California said "maybe, maybe not," and determined that the matter should be resolved by a jury.



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The Forgotten Statute

My latest Bloomberg column notes that the kind of affirmative action program on which the Supreme Court ruled is illegal under federal law.



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Aurora, Illinois Housing Authority Agrees to Develop 100 Units for...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Aurora, Illinois, Housing Authority , settling allegations that AHA's rebuilding plan for a demolished public housing complex would have illegally denied housing to persons with disabilities, displaced families with ... (more)



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Pebblebrook Hotel Trust - 10-Q - Management's Discussion and Analysis ...

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report.



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Disabled Worker's Telecommuting Lawsuit Can Proceed

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been allowed to proceed in its lawsuit against Ford Motor Company for denying a disabled worker's request to telecommute .



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RFP - Geotechnical Investigation for New WW Hastings Hospital

Bids are being solicited by Cherokee Nation Entertainment, L.L.C. on behalf of Cherokee Nation Construction Resources, L.L.C. for furnishing all equipment, labor and materials to provide GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATION work as described in in the Contract Documents, Statement of Work, Plans, and Specifications.



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Bob Dole is a corporate lobbyist --- that seems relevant

Bob Dole, the former Republican presidential nominee and Senate floor leader, gets a glowing 2,000 words in the Washington Post this week, as he makes peace with old rivals, tours his old state, and bashes the conservatives in his party.



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Lawmakers petition for open NSA debate

Once the full House starts debating legislation to reform the National Security Agency, any member of the House should be able to offer amendments, one Democratic congressman insists.



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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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EEOC claim against Ford over worker with irritable bowl syndrome heading to trial

Should an employer accommodate a worker's request to telecommute because she has irritable bowl syndrome? And if that employers refuses, are they violating the American Disabilities Act? A panel of federal judges feel both issues should go to trial.



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Fung Unveils Education Plan

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan W. Fung announced his education plan that would make the Commissioner of Education report directly to the governor, revert the state back to a two education board system and creating a new board just for the University of Rhode Island.



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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

This undated photo obtained from the Department of Homeland Security shows former Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards.



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EEOC claim against Ford over worker with irritable bowl syndrome heading to trial

Should an employer accommodate a worker's request to telecommute because she has irritable bowl syndrome? And if that employers refuses, are they violating the American Disabilities Act? A panel of federal judges feel both issues should go to trial.



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Report: Former DHS Watchdog Too Cozy With Senior Obama Appointees

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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Is employment picking up in the Mid-South?

Unemployment in the Mid-South improved slightly in March, according to new data Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.



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Senate Probe Criticizes Former Homeland Security Watchdog For Misconduct, Altered Reports

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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Washington County leaders celebrate four decades of federal grants for community projects

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program , local and national officials are touring grant-funded projects throughout Washington County.



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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama 's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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EU institutions vulnerable to corruption: report

An independent report says official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union's leading institutions vulnerable to corruption.



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33 current, former Detroit employees charged with unemployment fraud

The state attorney general has charged 33 current and former Detroit city employees with unemployment fraud, alleging they collected $400,000 in improper benefits, Inspector General James Heath said Thursday.



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Dennis wants break from wage law

Dennis is poised to become the latest community in the state looking to pay wages at local rather than "prevailing" rates for smaller projects contracted by the town.



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Paid internship opportunities for hundreds of students

Shumlin said it's key that high school and college students have the opportunity to work alongside top employers.



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Film Explores Human Toll of Obama's Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? "Democracy Now!" talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary "Silenced," which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle "to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy."



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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog

This undated photo obtained from the Department of Homeland Security shows former Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards.



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Senate Report Criticizes Former DHS Watchdog

The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.



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NV: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)...

The RTC voted unanimously to award its Americans With Disabilities Act Paratransit Service contract to Veolia Transportation .



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Baker Donelson elects 13 new shareholders

Baker Donelson has elected 13 new shareholders across the firm including three attorneys in its Jackson office: Jennifer G. Hall, Lee Harrell and Everett White.



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Florida official cana t seem to get the hang of running elections

It's our civic duty to vote, right? Well that depends on who you are. The disgusting reality is that many of the power elites don't want certain people to vote, so they go to extremes to discourage and even harass those people to prevent them from exercising their civic right.



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Workers' Memorial Day - April 28, 2014

Workers' Memorial Day, observed on April 28, 2014, recognizes workers who died or suffered from exposures to hazards at work.



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Announcements: National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction - United States, 2014

In 2010, the 9.1 million U.S. construction workers accounted for 7% of the national workforce .



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StanCorp Financial Group Management Discusses Q1 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

J. Gregory Ness - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of Standard Insurance Company, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Insurance Company and President of Standard Insurance Company Scott A. Hibbs - Chief Investment Officer, Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Standard Insurance Company and Vice President of Standard ... (more)



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Proskauer Launches Risk and Recovery: Legal Insights for the Insured, ...

The blog will feature timely commentary and offer resources for policyholders covering all areas of insurance and risk management, including data breach and cyber security, corporate transactions, political risk insurance, property damage and business interruption, and directors and officers, fiduciary liability, and alternative risk transfer ... (more)



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Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to reinstate an injured Nebraska worker

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the railroad improperly terminated the North Platte employee after he reported an injury.



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Assurant posts strong quarter, income up $20 million from 2013

Assurant, a provider of specialty insurance and insurance-related products, reported a net income of $137.2 million for the first quarter of 2014.



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How much less do women lawyers and judges earn than men?

Women lawyers and judges earn about 82 percent of what their male counterparts make, reports The Upshot , a New York Times blog.



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ENDA Scare Tactics In Texas

The Obama Administration is putting the "gender identity" of she-males before the well being of our children.



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Job Search App To Be Launched

The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.



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Heineman Campaign Targets Jobs For Vets

Gov. Dave Heineman is hoping to lure military veterans to Nebraska with a campaign touting good jobs for vets.



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Penikese to Reopen as Youth Treatment Center

After more than a year pursuing a state license, a small treatment center on Penikese island is preparing to open its doors.



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United States finds local hotel in violation of ADA

A United States Department of Justice investigation found Comfort Inn and Suites in Conway, owned by Umang Patel, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a DOJ settlement agreement filed in March.



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Planetarium Re-boot to include kids' shows

Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start today at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building.



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Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Injured Worker

From the U.S. Department of Labor: Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an injured employee and pay the worker more than $85,000 in damages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.



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Is social media serious enough for serious professions?

Serious businesses and organizations may think that social channels are too frivolous for their industries.



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Human resources conference coming to Cobb Galleria Centre

The Society for Human Resource Management will host its 24th annual SHRM-Atlanta HR Conference at the Cobb Galleria Centre Monday and Tuesday.



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NC fines state fair ride operators over injuries

North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 after a mishap at the 2013 state fair that left five people injured, three of them critically.



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Kashi fined $150K for under-paying workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a series of consent judgments in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordering seven Long Island restaurants, including one in Rockville Centre, to pay a total of $1,693,507.22 to 363 low-wage workers, chiefly servers and kitchen employees.



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Unpaid interns' rights should be recognized nationally

Unpaid internships have been slowly moving out of shadows in recent years, as seen with a new law that opened the door to unpaid interns' rights.



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Obama Administration Launches Online Veterans Employment Center:...

At today's anniversary celebration of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the launch of a new integrated employment tool to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.



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Obama Administration Tightening Coal Dust Limits To Curb Black Lung

The Obama administration is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.



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Federal Appeals Court Rules for EEOC in its Disability Discrimination Case Against Ford Motor

The majority of a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided on April 22 that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had created issues sufficient for trial in its disability discrimination lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company.



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Obama Administration Tightening Coal Dust Limits To Curb Black Lung

The Obama administration is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.



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SC unemployed can seek benefits via smartphones

South Carolina's unemployment agency has launched a free app that allows jobless residents to seek weekly benefits through their iPhones.



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City of Reno Discuss Ways to Pay Off Debt, Retain 15 Firefighters

From the City of Reno: The City of Reno is hosting the first of two annual Budget Workshops Wednesday morning in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.



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Governor Heineman announces Nebraska job-searching mobile app

Job seekers in Nebraska looking for employment can do so at the tip of their fingers thanks to a new mobile app released this week.



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Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program

A known carcinogen, asbestos needs to be removed with the use of safety equipment including respirators.



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SWVCTC Offers New Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

On Tuesday, April 8, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced a new agreement with Unilin NA LLC, Robert C. Byrd Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship that offers an approved apprenticeship for students.



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Ortman votes against Women's Act days after blasting Franken for being anti-women

This afternoon, Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassan, joined 13 other senators in voting against Women's Economic Security Act.



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Newman Ferrara LLP Announces Securities Class Action Against Allied...

Newman Ferrara LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the Unites States District Court for the District of Nevada on behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of Allied Nevada Gold Corp. between January 18, 2013, and August 5, 2013, inclusive .



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Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses

Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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Get out of his way. Receiver now at odds with Jefferson County's law department over this

Ronald Sims, the court-appointed receiver over Jefferson County's HR department is no stranger to taking on county commissioners and county department heads.



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Governor Announces Nebraska Job-Searching App

The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.



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North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 following a mishap at the 2013 State Fair that left five people injured, three of them critically.



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USDOL has $450 million in grants to up company use of comm. college training

Attending community college is not just a stepping stone to a four-year university any longer and has become a great place to obtain additional skills and knowledge to further your career.



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N.C. fines state fair ride operators over injuries

In a Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, fairgrounds police secure a barricade around the Vortex at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, N.C. after an accident injured five people and closed the ride.



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New Nebraska Job Search Mobile App Available

Gov. Dave Heineman announced Wednesday a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets to aid in searching for Nebraska jobs is now available.



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Governor touts Nebraska jobs for veterans

"The Good Life for Veterans" campaign seeks to attract military veterans and their families from other states to Nebraska.



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DNI Clapper barred unauthorized media contact last month. But no one noticed until now.

But it took a month for the press and civil liberties groups to notice. The directive is aimed at ensuring a "consistent approach for addressing media engagement" across the intelligence community and "mitigate the risks of unauthorized disclosures of intelligence-related matters."



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Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers' Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years.



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The Ridiculous Things NFL Cheerleaders Put Up With

Members of the Buffalo Jills are the third group of NFL cheerleaders to file a lawsuit claiming poor pay and degrading treatment by their franchises Another group of NFL cheerleaders is suing their team for wage theft claiming that they've worked hundreds of unpaid hours training and performing, as well as appearing at events where they were at ... (more)



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Governor announces new Nebraska job app

The free app is an extension of NEworks.nebraska.gov , the Nebraska Department of Labor's job site that matches employers with qualified candidates.



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City hall plan moves ahead

After over a month of research and an hour of discussion Tuesday evening, the Washington City Council voted to proceed with a plan that would use the former Washington Public Library to expand city offices During a special meeting, the council decided to tentatively pursue a plan that would move city hall into the former library building, while the ... (more)



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SC unemployed can seek benefits via smartphones

The Department of Employment and Workforce unveiled Wednesday what it says is the nation's first such app for smartphones.



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Helping Employers Connect to Job Seeking Service Members, Veterans and Their Families

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell on Wednesday at a comprehensive Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum.



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New Job Searching APP Launched By State

The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.



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Veolia Transportation Awarded ADA Paratransit Services Contract In Las Vegas

The RTC voted unanimously to award its Americans With Disabilities Act Paratransit Service contract to Veolia Transportation.



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S.C. residents can apply for unemployment benefits using smartphones

South Carolina's unemployment agency has launched a free app that allows jobless residents to seek weekly benefits through their iPhones.



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Company hit with $72,800 in fines from OSHA

Metal & Wire Products Co. Inc., which manufactures metal parts for recreational vehicles, has been cited for 25 safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration at its Salem facility.



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Assemblymember Skinner Bill to Protect Unpaid Interns from Workplace...

Legislation by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner to protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a unanimous vote.



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The state is launching a new mobile app for smartphones and tablets that will help Nebraskans search for available jobs in the state.



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City of Reno to Discuss Ways to Pay Off Debt, Retain 15 Firefighters

From the City of Reno: The City of Reno is hosting the first of two annual Budget Workshops Wednesday morning in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.



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Mike Slive Wants to Give the Players What They Want

Mike Slive stepped up to a microphone last week at the University of Massachusetts as the keynote speaker and then casually stated that he was onboard with blowing up college sports as we all know it.



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New Mobile App for Nebraska Job Seekers

A new mobile app for smartphones and tablets has been announced that aims to aid in the search for available Nebraska jobs.



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Nebraska Welcomes Veterans Looking for Jobs

"The Good Life for Veterans" jobs recruiting campaign as a way to help employers meet their workforce needs while attracting military veterans and their families to the state.



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sorry to Call While You're on Leave ...

An employee is on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Does that mean an employer cannot communicate with him or her? Eric B. Meyer in The Employer Handbook provides the answer straight from the mouth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.



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GitHub Cofounder Resigns but Denies Harassment

"Even though the IT industry and geek culture can be innovative and progressive, the reality is it is often antiquated and backward," said 451 Research analyst Jay Lyman.



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Commission votes to limit access to county courthouse

The Walker County Commission voted Monday to secure the courthouse and adjoining annex by limiting access to one entrance.



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Military and Water streets work no longer has $1 million price tag

Improvements to the intersection of Military and Water streets in Port Huron no longer carries a $1 million price tag.



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Letter: Civil Rights Act was LBJ's crowning achievement

It was Johnson who turned the concept of civil rights into a legislative reality.



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Southern Tier Job Fair Draws Hundreds

Over 100 representatives from companies spanning from manufacturing to finance were out at the job fair today.



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Former Greenbush school official charged, accused of paying herself...

A former business manager for the Greenbush Middle River School District had been paying herself and other staff too much overtime and falsifying records to cover it up, according to the Roseau County Sheriff's Department.



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Civic center board members look at other options for A.D.A. compliance

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center's Barnett Arena is the source of many Americans with Disabilities Act, or A.D.A. complaints and violations.



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Advisors have to offer Investment Education

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401 plans.



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"May I Record A Conversation With My Employee Without His Knowledge?"

At the Pullman & Comley Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Seminar recently , I was asked by one of the attendees, an HR Director, whether she could record a disciplinary meeting with a troublesome employee without telling the employee.



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The Affordable Care Act - Countdown to Compliance for Employers,...

Particularly with the issuance of final regulations under the Affordable Care Act's employer shared responsibility rules, employers have been concerned - justifiably - with the pay-or-play penalties.



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Retirement Plans aren't built on an assembly line

Henry T. Ford is considered the father or the pioneer of the modern day assembly line of manufacturing.



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Sixth Circuit Revisits Controversial ERISA Decision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to rehear an ERISA action that awarded an unprecedented remedy for the alleged denial of long term disability benefits.



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Today's news summary, April 17, 2014

NEWS: The victim of the fatal Domino's Pizza fire has been identified as Adam Justiniano, a 19-year-old resident of Wappingers Falls and 2013 graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School.



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New Policy All But Bans The Intelligence Community From Speaking To The Press

A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters.



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Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Upheld By Supreme Court

A huge blow for freedom was struck today when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that the voters of the state of Michigan actually have the right to govern themselves.



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Historic Stockbridge library to undergo extensive renovation

The town's historic Main Street library, opened in 1864, will undergo its most extensive renovation project since 1937, when a new wing and the lobby were added to the original building.



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Fort Worth bond proposals for parks and libraries deserve voter approval

Fort Worth residents will have the chance to vote on the city's $292 million bond package in a May 10 election.



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Store Quietly Settles Claims of Cancer Firing

Tuesday Morning has settled claims that it fired a former CEO after she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis.



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Ford worker's disability bias, retaliation case over telecommuting reinstated

An appeals court has reinstated a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed on behalf of a disabled Ford Motor Co.



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Body Well Therapy Receives A+ Rating and Accreditation from Better Business Bureau

Years of Outstanding Mobile Massage Service Verified by BBB's Top Rating as Customer Satisfaction Remains Paramount for Growing Company Body Well Therapy, commonly referred to as Body Well Mobile Massage, has been awarded an A+ rating by the South Florida Better Business Bureau, in recognition of the company's dedication to quality services and ... (more)



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Annapolis medical practice settles pregnancy lawsuit

An Annapolis medical practice will pay $22,500 to a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because she was pregnant.



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Tunney prepared to move on long-delayed pedicab crackdown

It looks like Chicago may finally get around to regulating pedicabs, a popular form of "green transportation" that's managed to avoid the long arm of City Hall for years.



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US Bank moves 5000 ATMs to Windows 7

US Bank has fully converted its fleet of nearly 5,000 U.S. Bank automated teller machines to the Windows 7 operating system, avoiding issues that could arise since Microsoft has discontinued support of its previous operating system, Windows XP.



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No Quick Learning Fix For Bad Habits

Leaders often focus on what's expedient and a lower upfront money and time investment, as opposed to what method will most effectively address challenging learning problems.



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About 88,000 available positions listed on Jobs Express

New Yorkers are reminded that nearly 88,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the Jobs Express website .



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Packaging Corporation of America Reports Record First Quarter 2014 Results

In PCA's packaging segment, box shipments were up 31% over the first quarter of last year and up 29% per workday with one additional workday in the first quarter of 2014.



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Most Americans Support College Affirmative Action, Pew Research Finds

OCTOBER 15: Students protest in support of affirmative action, outside the Supreme Court during the hearing of 'Schuette v.



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Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State say their student admission policies not affected by Supreme Court affirmative-action ruling

Officials from Saginaw Valley State University and Central Michigan University say the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action won't impact operations at the two mid-Michigan institutions.



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'Taking in Each Other's Washing'

It's no way to increase wealth, as G. K. Chesterton pointed out roughly one hundred years ago. I make the same point about GDP statistics and child-care subsidies here . The main study I criticize was, by the way, funded by you, insofar as you finance the Department of Labor.



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New ordinance fines companies for violation

Houston mayor Annise Parker's office has drafted a new ordinance that would prohibit workplace discrimination and would fine businesses who are violating the said ordinance.



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Former Minn. school official charged, accused of paying herself too much overtime, falsifying records

GREENBUSH, Minn. - A former business manager for the Greenbush Middle River School District had been paying herself and other staff too much overtime and falsifying records to cover it up, according to the Roseau County Sheriff's Department.



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Retirement: Fees can chip away at your nest egg

The average 401 fee - a modest-sounding 1percent - can wipe $70,000 out of the typical retirement account compared with lower-cost plans that are widely available, according to a new study by a Washington think tank.



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Hudson Valley gains jobs in March

Jobs in the Hudson Valley region show year-over-year gains as the private sector added employees in most major categories in March, leaving a recent upbeat trend intact.



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Who will protect consumers from the CFPB

It is the most powerful agency you have never heard of, and it should be catapulted to the top of the growing list of federal agencies under scrutiny for abusing their authority.



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State boasts nation's second-lowest unemployment rate in March

Vermont claimed the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation in March with just 3.4 percent of the workforce without jobs.



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Local jobless rates down from a year ago

Figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor showed Orange County's rate dropping to 6.3 percent last month from 7.6 percent in March 2013.



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Judge dismisses racial bias suit against Virginia Beach sheriff

Cassandra Lee was the Virginia Beach Sheriff Office's first black female captain.



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New data shows how tough job market is for recent graduates

What are the forces moving the Minnesota economy? Adam Belz tries to identify the trends and show the connections between Minnesota and the larger U.S. and global economies.



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Unpaid Employer Contributions as Plan Assets: Expansion Of Liability Under ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended , requires trustees of multiemployer pension and benefit funds to collect contributions required to be made by contributing employers under their collective bargaining agreements with the labor union sponsoring the plans.



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Watch and Learn: How Video Interviews Can Help Screen Candidates

Why bother interviewing candidates in person when you can have them answer questions on video and review their responses at your leisure? This is the argument made by vendors like Video Recruit, Sonru and Spark Hire Inc., which all offer automated interviewing technology.



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Rochester's unemployment drops in March

Rochester's economy continued to show improvement in March, with a sharp decrease in the unemployment rate along with increases in both non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.



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Judge: Sexual Harassment Suit Against Councilman's Chief of Staff Is a Go

A judge ruled today that a sexual harassment suit brought against Councilman Mitch Englander's chief of staff by a former field deputy can move forward.



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TGI Friday's and Carlson Restaurants Accused of Labor Law...

The lawsuit, which alleges violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law , was filed by four former TGI Friday's workers from the New York metro area in New York federal court on behalf of current and former servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, barbacks, hosts, and other tipped workers at the restaurant chain.



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The High Cost of Liberalism

Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. As with many others in his neighborhood, he left home early and did not finish high school.



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Story from NorthCountryNow.com

The percentage of county residents receiving unemployment insurance in March was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.7 percent for February, according to the state Department of Labor.



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Clapper Signs Media Directive Gagging Intelligence Workers

This latest action is a clear extension of the executive branch's war on national security whistleblowers.



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Project-Based Interviews Spread Beyond IT Industry

The best interviewees in the world may not be the best employees, which is why some companies are asking applicants to complete real-world projects to show they are the best-qualified candidates for the positions.



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EEOC Challenges Destruction of Surveillance Video in Harassment Case

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenged a SunTrust bank in Gulf Gate, Fla., for destroying surveillance video from a period of alleged sexual harassment and persuaded a district court in an April 7, 2014, decision to introduce evidence at trial about the bank's failure to preserve the video footage.



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Sexual Harassment 101: Hague v. UT Health Science Center

The Fifth Circuit's March 28 decision in Monica Hague v. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio underscores some of the basics of sexual harassment cases and shows one major pitfall to avoid.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

When employers take a peek, who do they see?

Very often, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter serve as public diaries, where the rest of the world is subject to hearing about your everyday rants and mishaps-along with what you had for dinner.



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Princeton closes tours of Nassau Hall amid campaign for more accessibility on campus

The University's oldest building was removed from the route on March 25 because handicapped visitors are not easily able to enter.



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Saginaw's Human Rights Ordinance tabled indefinitely

The Saginaw City Council has tabled a decision to approve an ordinance supporters say would protect employees from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.



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Kris Jenner 'bought $200 marijuana bong to help mother's back...

CEO of social network GitHub RESIGNS after he and his wife are investigated for workplace harassment of female staff member And now a smoke shop manager has claimed Kris Jenner visited his store and bought a bong for the use of her mother, who suffers from back pain.



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Legal Protections Against Harassment for Interns in NYC

As summer approaches, many companies will be bringing interns into the office. The unpaid intern has become a common sight in corporate America, particularly in a lagging economy, but employers might not know that these interns often lack legal protection from harassment and discrimination.



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Marco voters to decide if Mackle Park gets new community center

After months of controversy, Marco Island City Council agreed Monday to let residents decide whether the city should spend up to $3.5 million for a new Mackle Park Community Center that would be more than doubled in size.



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Marco voters to decide if Mackle Park gets new community center

After months of controversy, Marco Island City Council agreed Monday to let residents decide whether the city should spend up to $3.5 million for a new Mackle Park Community Center that would be more than doubled in size.



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'Price is Right' contestant busted for disability fraud

A North Carolina postal worker pleaded guilty to fraud after she had received worker's compensation payments she shouldn't have.



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In North Carolina, a GOP contest over who's more conservative

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is serving the end of her second two-year term. She is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.



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a US intel employees face new consequences for speaking to media

Members of the United States intelligence community must now operate within the boundaries of a new media policy, as contact with a journalist without prior approval can now be considered a fireable offense, their boss said on Sunday.



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Conservative Charity Loses Tax-Exempt Status

A Virginia-based charity with a history of aligning with conservatives reportedly had its tax-exempt status taken away by the IRS.



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Gov. Heineman Signs Autism Coverage Bill into Law

Monday afternoon, Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 254 into law. As a result of this law, some health insurance plans in Nebraska will provide coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in a child until the insured child is 21 years old.



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Psych Central joins opposition to pro-force, anti-rights House bill, HR 3717

An anti-civil rights bill that purports to fix the "broken mental health system" but would actually gut that system has picked up a new and formidable opponent.



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Rand Paul Makes Inroads With Black Voters

Sen. Rand Paul is gaining attention in the black community for many of his positions on issues such as school choice and prison sentencing reform, and is stirring talk among the Democratic Party's most reliable voters.



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In North Carolina, a GOP contest over whoa s more conservative

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers is serving the end of her second two-year term. She is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.



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Today is deadline to register to vote for May 20 primary

In the primary, voters will nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, state House and Senate, and members to Republican and Democratic state committees, according to a news release from Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele.



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Reverend Al Sharpton Headlines 'AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue' Evening of Action/Town Hall Discussion Wed., April 23 rd , 'Evening of Action' and town hall panel discussion at New Mount Olive Baptist Church is a part of AHF's national 'AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue' campaign.



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Rambus Reports First Quarter Financial Results

As compared to the first quarter of 2013, revenue was up 17% primarily due to the license agreements signed with SK hynix, Micron Technology , offset by lower royalty revenue from Samsung and recognition of a one-time royalty revenue during the first quarter of 2013 from LSI.



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President Obama Calls for Revisions to FLSA's Overtime Regulations

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that directed Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to review the Fair Labor Standards Act [1] and revise the regulations that define who qualifies for overtime protection.



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1,300 manufacturing jobs added in March in Pennsylvania

In a bright spot for Pennsylvania manufacturing, employers added 1,300 jobs in the sector in March, reversing four consecutive months of job losses.



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San Bruno Tuesday's Council Agenda

AGENDA - SAN BRUNO CITY COUNCIL - April 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. Meeting Location: San Bruno Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA City Council meetings are conducted in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised and City Council Rules of Procedure.



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Tuesday Morning, ex-CEO settle suit over firing

Tuesday Morning Corp. and its former chief executive settled a discrimination lawsuit that alleged she was fired after developing breast cancer.



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This type of treatment will be limited to 25 hours per week and the insurer will be able to review the treatment once every six months.



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Reverend Al Sharpton Headlines 'AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue' Evening of Action/Town Hall Discussion Wed., April 23 rd , 'Evening of Action' and town hall panel discussion at New Mount Olive Baptist Church is a part of AHF's national 'AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue' campaign.



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Atlanta History Center Spring/Summer Author Programs Ongoing

Patch Staff Report The Atlanta History Center offers lectures on a wide variety of topics, from presidential history and gardens to social history and non-fiction adventures.



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Schools More Segregated Now than Three Decades Ago

As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v.



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State ends inmate asbestos-cleaning program

Washington state has ended a more than two-decade-old program that used prisoners to remove asbestos-containing material, a newspaper reported Monday.



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Bangor council president nominated as Northampton County director of administration

Northampton County Executive John Brown has nominated Cathy Allen, the president of Bangor Borough Council, to take over as director of administration for the departing Tom Harp .



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IRA Financial Group Introduces 24 hour Set-Up Individual 401(k) Plan...

Individual 401 Plan solution can be set-up in one day and accept tax-free rollovers from former employer 401 plans or IRAs Individual 401 Plan solution can be set-up in one day and accept tax-free rollovers from former employer 401 plans or IRAs The 24 hour set-up solo 401 plan program is perfect for retirement investors looking to get quick access ... (more)



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Senator Grassley Announces the Creation of a Congressional Whistleblower Caucus

Last week, we provided an update on Senator Chuck Grassley's efforts to strengthen the IRS Whistleblower Program and expedite the processing of IRS Whistleblower claims.



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Turn Of The Screwed: Does The GOP Have A Shot At Wooing Disgruntled Millennials?

Over the past five years, the millennial generation has been exercising greater influence over the economy, society and politics of the country, a trend that will only grow in the coming years.



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Dismissal of lawsuit by teacher fired for inappropriate sexual comments upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld dismissal of retaliation and discrimination claims filed by a terminated college teacher who had continual conflicts with both colleagues and students, including allegedly secretly photographing the assistant basketball coach as he worked out and commenting on a student's virginity.



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Furniture store that didn't hire pregnant woman must pay: Court

A midsize office furnishings and architectural store in New York City has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging it with reneging on an employment to a job applicant who was pregnant.



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Two years later, Macy decision's impact shown on LGBT rights

Mia Macy was the plaintiff in a case establishing transgender people are protected under civil rights law .



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Blossom Music Center gets $5.5 million boost from Ohio Controlling Board

Less than a month after the Ohio Controlling Board funneled $750,000 to Kent State University and the Cleveland Orchestra's Musical Arts Association, members of the little-known state panel signed off Monday on another lump sum for the university and its partner in the performing arts.



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A bid to lower manufacturers' energy bills

At Green Bay Packaging's plant in Hunt Valley, Tyson Aschliman, general manager of the plant, said that participating in an earlier program run by the same organization -- the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland -- allowed his location to increase production 20 percent while decreasing electricity usage one percent.



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Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important To Hiring Than You Think

How you hire great professionals can make or break your organization. A good employee can do wonders for your company, bring you to new levels, and be a source of sustained growth.



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Holder Covers-Up for IRS Wrongdoers

Following the recent vote from the House Oversight Committee to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of congress , Eric Holder 's Justice Department told the Wall Street Journal that it will not prosecute any of the IRS agents who have been implicated in violating the First Amendment rights of conservative Christians.



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The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that the state also has paid a fine of more than $70,000 to settle a state investigation into cleanup practices used last June at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Purdy in which the Department of Labor and Industries says workers were exposed to asbestos.



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Washington ends program that used inmates to remove asbestos

Washington state has ended a more than two-decade-old program that used prisoners to remove asbestos-containing material, a newspaper reported Monday.



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ProfNet Experts Available on Google Privacy Policy, Background...

If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact them via the contact information at the end of the listing.



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Hiring Advice for Startups: What You Need to Know

Most business owners don't do a good job hiring new employees the first time. They often wait too long or hire somebody without the necessary skills to help their business move forward.



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Improvements slated for Crisis Center

Dougherty County leaders could soon spend nearly half a Million dollars to improve safety at the county's crisis center.



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Former Workers Sue TGI Friday's for Unpaid Overtime, Misappropriated Tips

Here's more grim news from the festive chain-restaurant front: Four former front-of-house TGI Friday's restaurant employees allege they weren't paid overtime, and say they were asked to do off-hours "side work" such as food prep in addition to waiting tables, as well as pay for their own uniforms.



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'The Good Wife': Good Law? - Season 5, Episode 18

This week's episode of "The Good Wife" was all about returns and reacquaintances, both in plot and in legal inspiration.



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TGI Friday's accused of labor law violations

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U.S. Department of Justice Launches Trans Outreach Training Initiative

Late last month, the United States Department of Justice unveiled a new program designed to repair the often-contentious relationship between law enforcement and many transgender individuals.



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Crime Fighter's Dilemma: My Country or My Family?

"We were requireda to report fraud, waste, abuse and corruption to the appropriate authority.



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Ex-Port City Air employee claims racial discrimination

Port City Air has been named a defendant in a 20-count federal lawsuit alleging that former employee George Wilson was subject to racial discrimination, including being called derogatory racial names by coworkers.



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Keith D. Halperin commented on Sean Pomeroy's blog post...

Employee referral program software provider Zao, pulled together some powerful statistics in their infographic, " How to Implement an Employee Referral Program ".



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State ends inmate asbestos-cleaning program

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that the state also has paid a fine of more than $70,000 to settle a state investigation into cleanup practices used last June at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Purdy in which the Department of Labor and Industries says workers were exposed to asbestos.



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Employers Need to Review Severance Agreements

Severance and separation agreements between employers and departing employees are a standard device in labor and employment law, providing companies with some certainty against future legal claims and former employees with extra salary or benefits or both.



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Closed captioning now available for Multnomah County Board of Commissioners meetings

Viewers who tune into public access television on Thursday mornings to watch the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners' weekly meetings may have noticed a change to the broadcasts.



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Price Fixing in Construction Contracts

A 1931 price-fixing law is driving up labor costs and should be repealed, says George Leef of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education.



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EEOC Loses Again on Background Checks

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's crusade to bring "disparate impact" claims against employers conducting criminal and credit background checks on prospective employees took another huge hit recently after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the EEOC's appeal of the dismissal of its claim in EEOC v.



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New Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule Released

This Medical Fee Schedule update applies to all service types with the exception of hospital rates and guidelines.



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TGI Friday's and Carlson Restaurants Accused of Labor Law...

The lawsuit, which alleges violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law , was filed by four former TGI Friday's workers from the federal court on behalf of current and former servers, bussers, runners, bartenders, barbacks, hosts, and other tipped workers at the restaurant chain.



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20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival: The Year Of Empowerment Kicks-Off...

INTRODUCING EXPANDED DAYTIME ACTIVITIES INCLUDING EMPOWER U WEEKEND WORKSHOP SERIES, INSPIRING KEYNOTES, ENLIGHTENING CONVERSATIONS AND POWERFUL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND ... /PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE today announced plans for the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival "Year of Empowerment," which will commemorate the 50th ... (more)



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Employee Benefits: Return On Investment Or Return On Individual?

I just read a white paper on best practices in employee financial security. I was struck by the comments employers of successful small- and medium-sized businesses were making about the value of the benefits they offered their employees.



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If Sheridan County slips any lower, it soon will no longer be in the top 10 as far as sporting low unemployment rates.



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NEEBC Trade Show Features Diversity Expert Mary-Frances Winters and...

The New England Employee Benefits Council announces its Annual Benefits Fair and Trade Show "The Benefits of Engagement: Connecting with Your Diverse Workforce."



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Settlement conference ordered in methadone clinic lawsuit

A settlement conference date has been set for the town of Warren and CRC Health Group, the agency that previously wanted to operate a methadone clinic in town but was met with opposition when the clinic plans were made public in 2010.



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Supreme Court Calendar: 5 Cases to Watch in April

The U.S. Supreme Court may not have much of April left, but there are some big cases still to be argued and decided.



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Thompson Announces Veteran Outreach Event in Erie

U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, PA-5, today announced he will be holding an outreach event for veterans on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Erie, Pennsylvania.



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Major League Baseball hits home run in FLSA lawsuit

Last August , I posted about a collective action Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit filed against MLB as the result of using unpaid volunteers to work at their All-Star games.



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Bill Crawford: Mississippi out of community college spotlight

President Barack Obama last week announced the fourth and final installment of his $2 billion workforce development fund benefiting community colleges.



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A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for...

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that, according to the White House, are aimed at combating pay discrimination and strengthening the enforcement of equal pay for equal work laws.



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Isle of Wight contract error may have cost construction workers thousands of dollars

Isle of Wight County Schools might have violated the terms of federally subsidized bonds used to pay for the Georgie D. Tyler Middle School construction project in Windsor , causing hundreds of workers on the project to be underpaid.



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President Obama Calls for Revisions to FLSA's Overtime Regulations

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that directed Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to review the Fair Labor Standards Act [1] and revise the regulations that define who qualifies for overtime protection.



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Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Fitness with Milton the Stapler Guy

Assurance has been a longtime proponent of corporate wellness programs, as it has empowered our employee base and provided them with both short and long-term benefits.



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'Trust issues' cited in municipal complex failure