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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Astorino releases empowerment, opportunity plan

GOP candidate for New York Governor Rob Astorino holds a press conference at the Capitol on Friday Sept. 19, 2014 in Albany, N.Y. With the clock ticking down to Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino has released his empowerment and opportunity plan.



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EDITORIAL Care facility vandalism qualifies as hate crime

Sometimes the word "ignorant" is used to describe a person who is oblivious to what they are actually doing or saying. But ignorant is much too nice of a word to explain the intelligence of the person or persons involved in what I is a hate crime.



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Blue Cross Can't Convince High Court to Hear Appeal of $6M Judgment for Hidden Fees

Oct. 20 - In a move that will benefit health plan sponsors and their participants, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's appeal of a $6 million judgment entered against it for charging hidden administrative fees to its client health plan sponsors. The judgment, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in May, ultimately could benefit many more plan sponsors than just Michigan-based Hi-Lex Controls Inc. More than 20 lawsuits challenging BCBSM's administrative fees have been filed throughout the Sixth Circuit in recent years, with at least two coming right on the heels of the Sixth Circuit's ruling in Hi-Lex .



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Workers Sue Daughters of Charity Health System to Protect Pensions of 8,800 People

The suit alleges that Daughters of Charity improperly classified its pension plan as a "church plan," which is exempt from the federal law governing and protecting pensions, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 . Only actual churches can qualify for the "church plan" exemption, and a previous court decision established that similar plans to those created by the Daughters hospital system do not qualify for the exemption.



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Maine unemployment rate rises slightly in September

The state's Department of Labor reports preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September. The figure is down one percentage point from a year ago.



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New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. FILE - In this July 10, 2008 file photo, farm workers make their way across a field shrouded in fog as they hoe weeds from a burley tobacco crop near Warsaw, Ky.



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New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor

Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of the children interviewed by the group reported vomiting, nausea and headaches while working on tobacco farms.



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Smaller labor force lightens Buffalo unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo area declined noticeably in the past year, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday. Preliminary figures put the Buffalo-Niagara Falls jobless rate 5.7 percent compared to 7.0 a year ago.



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EEOC to Host Live ADA Chat

The EEOC has scheduled a live chat which will take place via Twitter on October 28th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm . As this is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Commissionwill be addressing questions onthe federal government's role as a model employer for individuals with disabilities.



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You Say 'Interpreitve,' I Say 'Substantive.' Court To Decide

Under the Administrative Procedures Act , substantive regulations interpret statutes and federal agencies adopt them only after notice-and-comment. Interpretive rules are promulgated without notice and comment.



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Eyesore no more: Former nursing home getting new life

Work has started on the former assisted living facility on Hoyt Avenue in Everett that has been vacant since 1996. The four-story building built in 1964 is being redeveloped into senior apartments.



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RTC, Sen. Harry Reid Celebrate Groundbreaking for Mobility Training Center

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Oct. 20 celebrated the groundbreaking of the RTC's new Mobility Training Center . The MTC will help Southern Nevadans, especially senior residents and persons with disabilities, move more independently throughout our community.



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Vancouver receives $450,000 federal grant for street and park improvements

The city of Vancouver and its Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance will receive approximately $450,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grant program for safety and accessibility improvements to city parks and streets.



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Plans For Belle Vernon Bridge Preservation Project on Display

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 12-0 will conduct a public display of plans for the proposed Interstate 70, Belle Vernon Bridge Preservation Project over the Monongahela River. The bridge is located in North Belle Vernon and Speers Boroughs, Westmoreland and Washington Counties, PA.



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Arkansas' jobless rate dips to 6.2% in September

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in September from 6.3 percent in August, the state Department of Workforce Services said Tuesday. The state's civilian labor force grew by 3,600 as the ranks of employed Arkansans increased by 4,500 and 900 unemployed Arkansans stopped looking for work, the department said, citing U.S. Department of Labor data.



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Final Rule Issued for $10.10 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

In February 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13658 to raise the minimum wage for federal construction and service contractors to $10.10 for all employees. Executive Order 13658 instructed the Department of Labor to issue regulations to implement the federal contractor minimum wage.



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Former addict assists others through jobs program

After losing everything to drugs, Dan Hurst got clean and used a $5 loan to rebuild his life and -- eventually -- to teach job skills to central Ohio's special-needs community. He had a family and a home in New Albany, and managed all the technology systems for 52 stores in a six-state region for his employer's equipment rental solutions business.



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Heffernan Acquires Pilot Employee Benefits in New York

Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Pilot Employee Benefits has developed benefits programs and services for a wide variety of companies and thousands of employees. Pilot Employee Benefits will be joining forces with Heffernan's New York City office, integrating employee benefits services alongside Heffernan's current property/casualty insurance efforts.



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Starkville could suspend landfill fees for debris

Starkville aldermen will discuss suspending residential debris drop-off fees Tuesday after a line of thunderstorms uprooted trees, damaged structures and left at least half of the city without power last week. If approved, the proposed motion located inside the city's e-packet would suspend fees for 30 days in order to assist in recovery efforts.



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Packaging Corp. of America Posts Jump in Third Quarter 2014 Net Income

"This was our 8th consecutive quarter of record earnings driven by strong sales volume, record mill productivity, and mill cost reductions." - Mark Kowlzan, Chief Executive Officer of PCA.



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Hanford Whistleblower Investigation Folds With Few Available Documents

It was supposed to reveal what really happened in the whistleblower's case, and if her safety concerns had merit. But the Department of Energy's inspector general said federal contractors at southeast Washington's nuclear reservation refused to hand over documents .



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Cop Caught Sleeping on the Job Awarded $1M in ADA Lawsuit

Unless an employee is absolutely unable to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodations, a medical diagnosis should never come into play as a reason for termination. According to the McPherson Sentinel , Matthew Michaels alleged the city violated his civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Kansas Wage Payment Act when he was fired for sleeping on the job.



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EEOC Sues FedEx Ground for Failing to Accommodate Deaf Employees and Recruits

The EEOC recently announced that it is suing FedEx Ground Package System for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in their dealings with deaf and hearing-impaired workers nationwide. The suit claims that FedEx Ground failed to provide American Sign Language interpretation and closed-caption training videos during a mandatory initial tour of facilities and new-hire orientation.



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Back on the Case: Fifth Circuit Reexamines Detective's Race Suit

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that an individual show that he or she was subjected to an "adverse employment action" in order to proceed on a claim of discrimination. Courts have defined "adverse employment action" to include employment actions that affect the terms and conditions of an individual's employment, and may include termination, failure to hire, failure to promote, demotion and unequal pay, among others.



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Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low," it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health care workplace. To minimize risks and ensure appropriate responsiveness, health care employers need to know what is required to protect their employees by the Occupational Safety and Health Act , as well as what the rights of their employees are under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the National Labor Relations Act .



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EEOC Lawsuit Against CVS Pharmacy Challenging Severance Agreements Dismissed

On October 7, 2014, District Judge John Darrah of the North District of Illinois dismissed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v.



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EEOC Lawsuits Shine a Spotlight on Wellness Programs

These days, many large employers have some form of wellness program, designed to help their employees address medical and lifestyle issues. Many employers reward employees who participate with discounts on insurance premiums or other incentives.



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'Council and governors must come clean about headteacher's mystery disappearance'

Tell us the truth! That is the clear message from parents, teachers and residents to the council and governors of a primary school where the popular head has vanished suddenly without satisfactory explanation. In the past few days the Wimbledon Guardian has been contacted by a number of whistleblowers making serious allegations about bullying at West Wimbledon Primary School.



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DOE Office of Inspector General Rewards Contractors for...

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General today issued a Memorandum to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, declining to give an opinion on whether Hanford' Nuclear Safety Manager Donna Busche, was inappropriately retaliated against for raising serious concerns about the safety and design of the Waste Treatment Plant . The OIG cited the refusal of two Hanford contractors, URS, Inc. and Bechtel National, Inc., to provide 4,500 documents to the agency, which was requested to undertake the review by Moniz in March 2014.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

EEOC, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and EEO Committee of ABA...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace , and the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law will host The Civil Rights Act @ 50: "The Pioneering Role of Flight Attendants in Fighting Sex Discrimination ," on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Ogilvie Auditorium, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law . The event will begin at 10:00 a.m., and doors will open at 9:30 a.m. The event will explore the pivotal role flight attendants played in the enforcement of the prohibition by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against sex discrimination in the workplace.



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Hawaii jobless rate falls to 6-year-low of 4.2%

ALTRES technical staffing manager Lynn Hiyan, left, and administrative assistant Crystal Ishikawa spoke to job seekers on Aug. 5 at the Hawaii Career Expo at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Hawaii's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to a six-year low of 4.2 percent in September as it fell for the second consecutive month.



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Reviewing Job Description Policies

A clear job description indicates the tasks, duties and responsibilities associated with a position. Job descriptions can be used to recruit new employees, determine salary levels, establish performance criteria for reviews and define career paths.



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19th Senate District: Rivals can disagree, but 'keep it clean'

The 19th District state Senate race is a bit calmer this year, with both candidates agreeing to "keep it clean" this fall, and with the specter of replacing popular political icon Edith Prague behind them. First-term incumbent Democrat Catherine Osten is the first selectwoman in Sprague, while Republican challenger Steven Everett is a selectman in Columbia.



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W.Va. receives federal aid for 2013 storm cleanup

WorkForce West Virginia has received more than $203,000 in federal funding to help pay for an ongoing cleanup following severe storms and flooding in 2013.



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The Making of Beauty Is a Verb and the Spiritual Body

In our late-stage capitalist society, we tend to define a person as a series of performances and/or productions. Personal worth is often measured in terms of either material possession or material productivity.



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This New Mom Brought WHAT to Work With Her?

Going back to work after having a baby is tough enough, but can you imagine having to return during your maternity leave ? With your newborn in tow? That was the reality smack dealt to immigration attorney and new mom Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle earlier this month, when an immigration judge in Atlanta denied her request to delay a hearing that fell during her paltry six-week leave . Though two other judges granted her similar delays, Judge J. Dan Pelletier Sr. claimed there was "no good cause" to push this one back, ABC News reports .



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AICPA Asks EEOC to Back Off on Mandatory Partner Retirement Probes

The American Institute of CPAs has asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to reject appeals by EEOC staff to investigate and litigate against accounting firms about their mandatory partner retirement provisions, saying in a letter Monday that the classification of partners as employees would be disruptive to the accounting profession and its business practices. The controversy stems from efforts by the EEOC's general counsel to challenge the mandatory partner retirement policies at PricewaterhouseCoopers last year and Deloitte this year.



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Addition of 11,500 jobs in Sept. cuts jobless rate

Employers in Connecticut added 11,500 jobs in September, cutting the unemployment rate to its lowest in nearly six years, the state Labor Department announced Monday. Andy Condon, the Department of Labor's research director, said some gains were expected, particularly in public education and leisure and hospitality affected by seasonal shifts.



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Area Consortium Honors Employees With Disabilities

For the last 14 years, the Chattanooga Area Employment Consortium has hosted an annual Disability Awards Luncheon to recognize outstanding employees with disabilities, as well as employers who have shown an ongoing commitment to employ qualified candidates with disabilities.



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AICPA Urges EEOC to Stop Investigating Accounting Partnership Retirement Practices

In a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , the American Institute of CPAs has asked commissioners to reject staff appeals to investigate and litigate against accounting firms regarding partner retirement provisions, saying the classification of partners as employees would be very disruptive to the accounting profession and its business practices. In the October 20 letter, AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, explained, "We understand that the EEOC staff is currently investigating and considering litigation against accounting firms regarding the partner retirement provisions in their partnership agreements.



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'Tips put waiting staff in danger'

After nine years working as a waitress, mostly at a chain of restaurants in suburban Memphis, Tennessee, Catherine Bryant knew how to deal with lascivious customers, the leers and whistles and lewd looks. But working at establishments that attract rowdy customers with big drinks and flashy happy hours, Bryant always had something else on her mind: tips.



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Take part in Free Speech Week

Today kicks off , a week-long celebration of the freedom of expression enshrined in the Bill of Rights. RTDNA invites you to take some time this week to celebrate the five freedoms, so vital to healthy democracy, listed in the First Amendment.



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This Hobby Lobby Proposal Is Much Mistaken

Suzanne Weakley, editor-in-chief of the CEB Business Law Practitioner , recently called my attention to this letter from six professors at U.C. Berkeley . The letter responds to a request for comment from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with respect to the definition of "eligible organization" in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Burwell v.



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Seventh Circuit Reminds Attorneys to Conduct "Reasonable Amount of...

Under the federal civil rights statutes, plaintiffs who prevail ordinarily receive an award of attorneys' fees that must be paid by the defendant. But, in order not to deter plaintiffs from filing such claims, the reverse is not true.



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FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 , the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently issued a reminder warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements that prohibit or otherwise restrict customers or anyone else from communicating with the Securities Exchange Commission , FINRA, or any federal or state regulatory authority regarding a possible securities law violation. This is not the first warning on the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements.



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Coventry Proposes Modern, Money-Saving Recycle System

The Department of Public Works proposed a bond that would give the town its own modern sanitation fleet and new collection equipment. The program would implement an automated trash and recycling effort that could save $137,885 over 20 years without an increase in taxes, said Kevin McGee, Director of Department of Public Works.



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MARTA, transit union in standoff over privatizing paratransit operations

In the increasingly heated contract standoff between MARTA and union workers, the seniors and people with disabilities who use the transit agency's Mobility paratransit service are stuck in the middle. MARTA is moving to privatize Mobility, which the perpetually cash-strapped transit agency says could save tens of millions of dollars.



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Deputies May Face Claim They Tazed Man to Death

Florida deputies who alleged beat and Tasered a man to death while he was engaging in self-baptism could face charges for violating the man's constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled. Patricia Wate sued Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualteri and Deputies, Joseph Tactuk and Kenneth Kubler, in the federal court in Tampa in January 2014, on behalf of the estate of James Barnes.



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State jobs report finds September employment strong, unemployment rate down

Connecticut employers added 11,500 jobs in September as the state's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4 percent, the state Department of Labor reported today. The department also reported that revisions in data released for August indicate 1,200 jobs were lost that month, not 3,600, as previously reported.



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Lynne Curry: How should you respond to workplace Ebola fears?

In September, when a severe viral respiratory illness infected thousands of children in Colorado, she bought hand sanitizers for everyone's desk and quarreled with those who didn't regularly use them in her presence. The Ebola death in Dallas followed by the nurses' illnesses recently sent her over the edge.



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Employers Should Not Just Be Bold, But Smart, When Dealing With Ebola

Tensions are high concerning the potential spread of the Ebola virus disease in the U.S., fueled by the confirmation of new infections, around-the-clock news reports on potential calamities and our natural, and seemingly universal, fear of the unknown. In light of the heightened threat of Ebola, employers must ensure that they are providing a healthy and safe environment for all employees.



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Federal Diary: VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

Despite all its recent controversy, the Department of Veterans Affairs generally provides good health care to its patients. Attitudes of VA employees toward their agency, however, are ailing.



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Internships out of Fashion? Wage Lawsuits on the Rise in New York

Internships and training programs have been a staple of the fashion industry for years. Luxury retailers have traditionally offered internships in the areas of communications, marketing, merchandising, production, and public relations.



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Hagan has failed in the U.S. Senate

Sen. Kay Hagan has been a failure as our U.S. senator. She has been a chief supporter, cheerleader and follower of President Barack Obama and the radical left while neglecting her duties.



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City mulls six-figure settlement for Cornwall whistleblower

City council is meeting behind closed doors this afternoon to mull offering a whistleblower as much as $250,000 to settle her lawsuit, Seaway News has learned. A source has confirmed the details are in relation to a $425,000 lawsuit launched against the city by Diane Shay, who was a nurse at the Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge.



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Whistleblower in latest food scandal to receive NT$500,000 reward

Taipei, Oct. 20 The Executive Yuan will present a NT$500,000 cash reward to a man who helped authorities uncover the latest edible scandal, the government said Monday. Because of information provided by "Mr. A," a Tainan food stall vendor who reported possible problems with recycled cooking problems over the past two months and said that handing out the rewards was "worthwhile."



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Secretary of Labor announces new members of Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez today announced the appointment of two new members and the re-appointment of 13 members of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. WPAC advises, consults with and makes recommendations to the secretary of labor and the assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on ways to improve the fairness, efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's whistleblower protection programs.



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Pervasive Racism Alleged at Lord Corp.

Lord Corp. tried to head off discrimination complaints by warning staff that costly litigation could affect their salaries, a federal action alleges. Brandon Jones and Chris Giles filed suit Tuesday against their longtime employer Lord, an adhesive manufacturer that reports $850 million in annual sales.



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Addition of 11,500 jobs in Sept. cuts jobless rate

The state Labor Department has announced that employers in Connecticut added 11,500 jobs in September, cutting the unemployment rate to its lowest in nearly six years. The monthly report released Monday shows the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent, from 6.6 percent in August.



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New report shows how the "pregnancy penalty" drives economic inequality

Single mother of two Armanda Legros after a rally for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. A Better Balance , a legal advocacy organization in New York City, has a new report explaining how the "bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that starts when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages" is driving gender inequality and overall economic inequality in the city: Despite advances in gender equality over the past 40 years, women continue to jeopardize their livelihoods simply by having children.



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September Jobs Roar Back

Connecticut businesses had the hottest month for hiring in 20 years, according to statistics compiled by the federal government and released by the state Department of Labor on Monday.



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The College 2 Career Expo is in East Hartford, Connecticut this Wednesday

If you are an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, or a recent college graduate still looking for a job, then it's a must to attend the College 2 Career Expo at Rentschler Field on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in East Hartford , from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor and HSEP this 11th Annual College 2 Career Expo is free and completely wide open to all college students and recent grads. Although the majority of the 600 to 1,000 attendees that come each year are from the Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield - Boston, Massachusetts regions, if you are a college student from the tri-state area, then you'll be glad you attended.



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Unemployment rates fall in September across South Florida

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics Miami-Dade's unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent from 7.4 percent in August. In September 2013, Miami-Dade County's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent.



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Sept. Job Gains Are Good News For Malloy

The last statewide jobs report before the Nov. 4 election was good news for Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The report issued by the Connecticut Department of Labor showed that the state added 11,500 nonfarm jobs in September.



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Report: Raising Minimum Wages Would Benefit Economy

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would likely save taxpayers $39 billion in spending on safety net programs per year, according to a new issue brief by the Economic Policy Institute. Researchers at EPI, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on the needs of low- and middle-income families, also found that "more than 1.7 million American workers would no longer rely on public assistance programs," if the minimum wage were increased.



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What Happened to 93,000 Pennsylvania Workers?

Let us first acknowledge the good news : There are more people employed in Pennsylvania than there were a year ago. There are fewer unemployed.



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Salisbury University breaks ground on new $19M stadium

Salisbury University broke ground Saturday on a new $19 million stadium that will soon host the school's football, field hockey and lacrosse games. The four-story Sea Gull Stadium will be more than 30,000 square feet when it opens in spring 2016.



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Macabre auction includes vampire-slaying kit, human skull, demon mask

CLOSTER - If you're in the market for human bones, vampire slaying kits, voodoo priestess collections, exotic blades or a Japanese demon mask, you're in luck. The "Danse Macabre" auction, scheduled for Wednesday in Closter, will sell these and many more curiosities to the highest bidder .



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Internet Use and Addiction as a Disability

The more the Internet becomes entrenched in our lives, the greater the likelihood that employees will begin embracing ideas such as Internet addiction as a disability and the need for employers to consider and provide reasonable accommodations. Last year I reported on the possibility that Internet use could become a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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a Arizona same-sex marriage legalization could prompt new moves on discrimination, workplace laws

A federal court's unraveling of Arizona's voter-approved prohibition on same-sex marriage could propel a push to change other state laws. State Sen. Steve Gallardo , D-Phoenix, also wants to see changes to discrimination laws as well as workplace and state adoption rules amended to give equal standing to gays and lesbians.



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School investigated over 25k headteacher office spend

The Educating Funding Agency has investigated spending by the Silver Birch Academy Trust, which has schools in Walthamstow and Chingford An award-winnng academy headteacher broke contract rules to spend A 25,000 on refurbishing her office, it has emerged. The Silver Birch Academy Trust was set up in 2012 with its first school, Chingford Hall Primary Academy, opening on July 1. Earlier this year, the Education Funding Agency was contacted by two whistleblowers in relation to possible financial irregularities at the trust.



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Cop fired after falling asleep on job wins nearly $1M

Kansas: "A federal jury Tuesday awarded a former McPherson police officer who was found sleeping on duty almost $1 million in wages and damages. Matthew B. Michaels alleged the city violated his civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Kansas Wage Payment Act.



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a Arizona same-sex marriage legalization could prompt new moves on discrimination, workplace laws

A federal court's unraveling of Arizona's voter-approved prohibition on same-sex marriage could propel a push to change other state laws.



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U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments Launch a Holistic Approach to Retirement Planning

U.S. Bank and U.S. Bancorp Investments have launched RealSteps>RetirementA a comprehensive and disciplined retirement planning process that takes a holistic approach to planning for retirement. This new process seeks to bring clarity and confidence to retirement planning by breaking down a complex process into three actionable steps: real understanding, real answers and real progress.



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Army experts discuss veteran, spouse employment at AUSA

Transitioning Soldiers and Army spouses have a trove of experience and insight to offer civilian employers, say Army experts. Part of being a successful Soldier is not only being successful after the Army, said Col.



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a Arizona same-sex marriage legalization could prompt new moves on discrimination, workplace laws

A federal court's unraveling of Arizona's voter-approved prohibition on same-sex marriage could propel a push to change other state laws. State Sen. Steve Gallardo , D-Phoenix, also wants to see changes to discrimination laws as well as workplace and state adoption rules amended to give equal standing to gays and lesbians.



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Pennsylvania jobless rate, payrolls drop in September

Pennsylvania's jobless rate dropped back down a notch in September after bumping up the past two months, even as employer payrolls shrank during the month. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in September was 5.7 percent, down one tenth of a percentage point from August.



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Closed-Captioning Could Be 'Coming To a Theater Near You'

The federal government could require movie theaters with digital screens to offer closed captioning for the hearing impaired, along with audio descriptions for people with visual problems, said LeClairRyan partner Brian Muse, who blogs about the Americans with Disabilities Act at ADAmusings.com. The proposed rules, he added, underscore the need for businesses of all types to be prepared for mandatory adoption of assistive technology.



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Shareholder crusaders Monks and Minow speak out

Shareholder crusaders Monks and Minow speak out Two long-time shareholder advocates say more needs to be done to hold companies accountable. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1wec0NL Robert Monks and Nell Minow have become America's inseparable deans of corporate governance, loved and loathed for 30 years of pioneering work trying to hold directors and executives of publicly traded companies accountable to shareholders.



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School head investigated for 25k office furniture spend

An academy trust which allowed its head to splash out on a A 25k worth of furniture for an office refurbishment - spending hundreds of pounds on plant pots and A 1.7k on a fridge has been investigated. The Silver Birch Academy Trust was set up in 2012 with its first academy, Chingford Hall Primary Academy, opening on July 1. Earlier this year The Education Funding Agency was contacted by two whistle-blowers in relation to' possible financial irregularities' at The Silver Birch Academy Multi Academy Trust.



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Town wins 2 firefighter complaints

The town came out 2-for-3 in a series of recently resolved labor disputes originating in the Fire Department. While an arbitrator ruled in favor of the firefighters union's complaint that fire Capt.



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Website matches Marines' skills with certifications

A Marine operates a forklift during a licensing course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. A new program aims to translate that type of on-the-job experience into civilian credentials like a commercial driver's license.



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Barnidge: Woman's dream of an all abilities playground in Walnut Creek comes true

Sandra Jacobsen has been watching a dream come true for the past five months. It has sprung from the ground in resplendent colors -- yellow canopies, orange ramps, purple slides and red playhouses -- across 30,000 square feet at Heather Farm.



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Public interest or sales ploy?

The Courier-Mail says its front page story on Nigel Baden-Clay is in the public interest. But his family believe it is just a cynical exercise to sell papers.



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Rebalance IRA: Nearly Half of Americans Surveyed Falsely Think They...

A new survey commissioned by retirement investment advisory firm Rebalance IRA finds that many full-time employed baby boomers do not have a clear understanding of the fees they are paying in their retirement accounts. When asked what they pay in retirement account fees, 46 percent believed that they do not pay any fees at all.



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Reviewing Job Description Policies

A clear job description indicates the tasks, duties and responsibilities associated with a position. Job descriptions can be used to recruit new employees, determine salary levels, establish performance criteria for reviews and define career paths.



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NCAA President Mark Emmert and His Legal Team

In last week's court decision in the case that PA State Senator Jake Corman and others have filed against the National Collegiate Athletic Association related to the sanctions imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky crimes, the judge's ruling opens the door for NCAA President Mark Emmert to be deposed. This decision may mean that, for the first time since the Sandusky crimes were made public, people who are in search of the truth will actually get to have their legal representatives ask Emmert some very important questions.



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Transportation Insider: Polaris-to-Downtown express named Cmax

The project that has gone by the self-explanatory moniker Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit now has a real name. The new brand name will be splashed across shelters, pylons and the buses that shuttle passengers along the limited-stop route between Polaris and Downtown.



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Think Tanks: Obama sides with Amazon against workers

Richard Kirsch for Next New Deal : Amazon's business model is based on quick, easy buying and low prices. One way it does that is to force its warehouse workers to wait a long time to leave work, without getting paid.



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19th Senate District: Rivals can disagree, but 'keep it clean'

The 19th District state Senate race is a bit calmer this year, with both candidates agreeing to "keep it clean" this fall, and with the specter of replacing popular political icon Edith Prague behind them. First-term incumbent Democrat Catherine Osten is the first selectwoman in Sprague, while Republican challenger Steven Everett is a selectman in Columbia.



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W.Va. receives federal aid for 2013 storm cleanup

WorkForce West Virginia has received more than $203,000 in federal funding to help pay for an ongoing cleanup following severe storms and flooding in 2013.



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Disabled face discrimination as fake service dogs on the rise

Oct. 19, 2014: It takes months of training and a major financial investment for a dog to become a certified service animal. But that's not stopping able-bodied people from claiming their ordinary pets are trained service dogs.



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Disability rights groups: Fake service dogs on rise

It takes months of training and a major financial investment for a dog to become a certified service animal. But that's not stopping able-bodied people from claiming their ordinary pets are trained service dogs.



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Trish Bostrom was pushing the limits at UW before Title IX changed...

University of Washington alums Bill Carlyon and Trish Bostrom in 1972 played for the last spot on the Huskies mens' tennis team. The match came before Title IX changed the sports landscape for female athletes, even before Billie Jean King fought her Battle of the Sexes on national TV.



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Editorial: WIC change a good one

It's good to see the Commonwealth of Massachusetts moving to a debit-card system for those who get nutritional help through the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.



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Former Bloomfield officer speaks on decision to dismiss two-year-old lawsuit

Former Bloomfield police officer Tina Robinson-Adair told The Daily Times in an interview last week that she filed a lawsuit against the department not for money, but only to be left alone. "I never received money," she said.



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A Whistleblower's First Steps: What to Do Before Talking With a Lawyer

In a new Google Hangout, attorney Jeffrey Keller discusses how whistleblowers can best present their case to obtain legal representation -- and results Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport.



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

The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of purchasers of EveryWare Global, Inc. securities between June 18, 2013 and May 16, 2014, inclusive . Investors who wish to become proactively involved in the litigation have until December 8, 2014 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.



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

The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire on behalf of purchasers of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. securities during the period between November 5, 2013 to 9:40 a.m. EDT on October 6, 2014, inclusive . The lawsuit has been filed against certain of the Company's executive officers and directors, as well as the underwriters of the Company's public offering of 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2020 and GT's public offering of common stock, both conducted on or around December 4, 2013 .



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

The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of purchasers of Textura Corporation common stock or options during the period between August 7, 2013 and September 29, 2014, inclusive . Investors who wish to become proactively involved in the litigation have until December 8, 2014 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.



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Ending a 36 year, 17+ Trillion Dollar U.S. Government Ponzi Scheme

The American people have the right, the need, and the responsibility to question both the morality and the competence of the last 6 administrations regarding both the passage of President Jimmy Carter's 1978 Civil Service Reform Act and now an overt failure to question its constitutionality. Why? This legislation introduced the fox into the federal government's chicken house by adding a permanent level of corporate-dominant Senior Executive Service political appointees to "manage" all non-partisan/technically qualified government service professionals, within BOTH the executive/judicial branches.



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Journalist Risen: 'Mercenary Class' Now Permanent Fixture in National Security State

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist James Risen said Sunday that the secretive and multi-billion dollar war on terror has sparked an entire "mercenary class that feeds off unending war." "Basically, the entire war on terror has been conducted in secret, and no one in the United states is allowed to know the full extent of what we've been doing for 13 years," Risen said.



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Why pension funds go to risky investments

The American government faces a fiscal crunch. Infrastructure is crumbling from years of disrepair, social programs are being targeted, and state and local governments complain that they can't afford to pay their retirees.



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VA morale low, but actions by new boss could change things

Despite all its recent controversy, the Department of Veterans Affairs generally provides good health care to its patients. Attitudes of VA employees toward their agency, however, are ailing.



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Cannot count on Dovey to keep finances in order | Letter

The recent article in the Federal Way Mirror regarding Mr. Dovey's legal issues has made me feel very troubled. Continued reading of various lawsuits and delinquent payments was eye opening.



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Idea Would Label Pedophiles 'Disabled'

The late Sen. Daniel Moynihan, DN.Y., once wrote a scholarly paper about the decline of moral standards in America titled "Defining Deviancy Down." It foreshadowed many of the problems that beset modern secular culture today.



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Ulster leads region in job growth

Ulster County led the Hudson Valley region in private-sector employment growth with a 1.3 percent gain over the 12-month period ending in September.



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Re: OWN Network's 'Sweetie Pie' Named In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Oprah Winfrey OWN Network's wildly popular hit reality show, "Sweetie Pie's" is reportedly named in a lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday by one of its former employees, Veronica Tate , according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Tate, who filed her documents with the U.S. District Court, was employed by the restaurant's Grove Street location for exactly one week back in October 2012.



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Zoning Board of Appeals

MEETING NOTICE CITY OF PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN 453-1234 A regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the Commission Chambers of the City Hall, 201 S. Main Street, Plymouth, MI, to consider the following: 1. Z 14-12 253 S. Union Non-Use Variance Requested Allowing twelve rooms within the condominium complex in lieu of ten total rooms. Zoned: RM-1, Multiple-Family Residential Applicant: Constantine George Pappas All interested persons are invited to attend.



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Flight attendants helped to ground sex discrimination

Dedicated to protecting the safety of others, Lake Barrington's Shari Worrell once performed mouth-to-mouth to save a man's life. Another time, she used a pair of earphones, a small drinking cup and "occupied" stickers meant for the bathroom door to fashion a MacGyver-esque stethoscope needed by a doctor.



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Hiring of law counsel facing new questions

Two more complaints have been filed with state agencies alleging that the Board of Selectmen violated the law in its handling of the hiring of a new legal counsel. After filing an Open Meeting Law complaint with the Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting member George Noel has brought the matter to the attention of the attorney general's office, as well as the state Ethics Commission.



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Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoned: RM-1, Multiple-Family Residential Applicant: Constantine George Pappas All interested persons are invited to attend.



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Social Worker to Discuss Visual Services at Clearfield Center

Autumn Guido, a social worker with the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services of the state Department of Labor & Industry, will speak at the Clearfield Center for Active Living on Oct. 22. Beginning at 11 a.m., Guido will discuss various services available through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The mission of the bureau is to assist persons with visual impairments to secure and maintain independence.



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Business, unions dig in over proposed state public pension plan

Round two is about to begin in the fight between business and organized labor over Connecticut's proposed public retirement plan. Neither side got exactly what it wanted in the first battle that ended when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a compromise bill earlier this year authorizing a study of how a retirement plan would work.



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Yes, white people really believe black people are magical

For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him."



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Charles Stormont: Call for ethics reform in attorney general's office

Utah deserves a watchdog in the attorney general's office. It is time to start rebuilding the public's trust in the attorney general's office - not in six months, not next year, but right now.



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Michigan women helping amid physician shortage

More than three years ago, Tamara Ostin's historical Milford home was demolished by fire and, without homeowners insurance, she and her two sons moved back in with her parents. But neither the fire nor a divorce has stopped the former Cinco Lagos waitress from her determination to become a physician's assistant.



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Community meets on Bees Creek project

For $2.9 million, M.B. Khan Construction plans to turn a community eyesore into a professional-looking source of pride. The Columbia-based company intends to clean up the 32-acre Bees Creek property in Ridgeland, which was burned in a 2008 fire and shut down by the fire department in 2011 for being a hazard.



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Are You Making the Most of Your Employee Benefits?

Dear Readers: Do you usually ignore the open enrollment period for your employee benefits? It's easy to feel that once you've signed up, everything is covered, but times and benefits change. So each year, usually in the fall, most employers offer the opportunity to modify your choices.



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Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions

Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions An unknown number of laws still include wording that could allow the state to discriminate against same-sex couples. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1tCnFrR The Rev.



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Erie region retailers ramp up hiring for holiday shopping season

They're beginning to hire and train what's expected to be their largest seasonal workforce since 1999 -- to handle an anticipated 4.1 percent increase in holiday sales, according to the National Retail Federation and Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consulting firm. Local retail employment has increased by an average of 975 jobs each October through December since 2010, according to Ashley Kobal, an analyst for the state Department of Labor & Industry.



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Two Cents Worth

The Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.3 percent, 0.1 percent lower than the 7.4 percent August revised rate, according to Tennessee Department of Labor &Workforce Development data. From September 2013-14, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent.



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The Great Unhinging

The defining economic challenge of our time is secular stagnation. It is the risk of inadequate growth, leading to inadequate potential, leading to inadequate growth.



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Carmel calls special meeting to talk about reopening Forest Theater

CARMEL >> Plans on the reopening of the historic Forest Theater will be discussed at a Carmel City Council workshop and special meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The outdoor and indoor theaters, at Santa Rita and Mountain View, were closed in April because of serious structural, safety and egress issues.



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10/18/2014

James Risen, the New York Times reporter responsible in part for the 2005 Times bombshell on the Bush administration's use of warrantless surveillance - which is widely seen as one of the seminal pieces of journalism of its era - has plenty of experience when it comes to battling the federal government. Not only in his celebrated investigative reports but, perhaps more prominently, in the courts, where for years he's held his ground in refusing government demands that he reveal a confidential source.



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Story from NorthCountryNow.com

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Laborers, Local #1822 recruit from Oct. 20 through Sept. 21, 2015, the state Department of Labor said.



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Home Healthcare Company in Ann Arbor Explains Rights of Family Caregivers in the Workplace

PRLog - Oct. 18, 2014 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sixty percent of family caregivers work outside the home in addition to providing care for a loved one, according to the 2010 MetLife Study of Working Caregiver and Employer Health Costs.



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Pennsylvania jobless rate, payrolls drop in September

Pennsylvania's jobless rate dropped back down a notch in September after bumping up the past two months, even as employer payrolls shrank during the month. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in September was 5.7 percent, down one tenth of a percentage point from August.



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Construction talk on Ellis County agenda

The Ellis County Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the courthouse and discuss hiring a firm for construction management services. The Ellis County Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the courthouse and discuss hiring a firm for construction management services.



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Kentucky's jobless rate sees biggest one-month drop since 1976

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training , an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It marks the single-biggest one-month drop in unemployment rates since 1976, when the current methodology for measuring the rate was adopted.



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DOL on Paid Family Leave

In an interesting post from the official Department of Laborblog , the agency discusses the importance of paid family leave in the workplace. As the only industrialized nation without such paid leave, this country lags far behind many of our counterparts on this importantissue.



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$9.9 million grant to boost job-training

Long-term unemployed residents of Orange County may soon get relief along with others in the lower Hudson Valley from a nearly $10 million federal grant.



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Underwater archaeologist Chris Macort talks pirates during debut of...

If you were a young man in the 1700s looking for a career that offered worker's compensation and a possible wealthy retirement all within a highly democratic system, you might have considered piracy. "One of things we enjoy doing is separating the myth from the reality of what pirates were really like," said historian Chris Macort, who was on hand at the debut of the Grand Rapids Public Museum's exhibit "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship" which opened to the public on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Whydah had been captured by pirate Sam Bellamy and sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago, scattering her enormous bounty.



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Job Fair finds more jobs than workers

At a mere 4.1 percent, Vermont's unemployment rate ranks among the five lowest in the country. Despite this, there undeniably remain Vermonters actively seeking employment.



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Worcester arena sued over wheelchair accessibility

A Dracut man has sued the city of Worcester saying the DCU Center and a nearby parking garage are not fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the federal lawsuit, filed by Dino Theodore and Access with Success Inc., seeks to compel the city to improve accessibility for the disabled.



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10 Different Types of Harassment in the Workplace

Workplace harassment is something that gives rise to an abusive work environment. This Buzzle article gives you a list of 10 different types of harassment in the workplace.



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Department of Labor Takes on theChallenge of Long Term Unemployment

This week the Department of Labor, Bureau announced it has ear marked 23 grants totaling 170 million dollars targeting 20 states to help the long term unemployed return to the workforce. The grants will be used to encourage employer engagement, career counseling, job placement assistance and work based training geared at hiring the long term unemployed into well paying jobs.



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Read Full Article

A lawsuit filed against three Frederick County Sheriff's Deputies will go forward. US District Judge William Nickerson last week decided to keep the claims of gross negligence on the part of the deputies for removing a man with Down Syndrome from a movie theater in January, 2013, along with the claim that the state didn't properly train the three deputies.



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HRT to get new paratransit vans, service contract

The Hampton Roads Transit Governing Board is expected to vote Oct. 23 on a $38.5 million contract to improve its paratransit van and sedan and call center service for the disabled. HRT is also purchasing 76 new vans that are expected to be on the road early next year.



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Report Says Sexual Harassment a Problem in Restaurant Industry

The federal law covers tipped employees who earn more than $30 a month in tips. The provision, in a 48-year-old law, allows employers to pay tipped workers a sub-minimum wage.



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Corning City Council targets streets for repaving

CORNING >> The Corning City Council approved a resolution to repave or rebuild stretches of Solano, Third and Hoag streets, as well as Toomes Avenue. The Street Repaving and Reconstruction Plan, which city staff said could begin construction next spring, includes repaving of Solano Street west of the Interstate 5 northbound ramps, and east of Toomes Avenue to West Street.



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Promoting Labor Rights and Leveling the International Playing Field

Daniel F. Runde Director, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS Thursday, October 30, 2014? 3:00 pm 4:00 pm? Center for Strategic and International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW Please join us for an armchair conversation with Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Department of Labor. This discussion will focus on how the U.S. government helps ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and able to share in the benefits of the global economy.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Operators of Houston Area Diagnostic Centers Agree to Pay $2.6...

Two groups of Houston-based diagnostic centers have agreed to pay the United States a total of more than $2.6 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the Department of Justice's Civil Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson for the Southern District of Texas. The settlements were finalized without an admission of liability and without commencement of litigation.



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Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers Will Increase to $10.10 on January 1

The U.S. Department of Labor has raised the minimum wage for federal service and construction contract workers to $10.10, in a final rule that takes effect January 1, 2015. This final rule implements Executive Order 13658, which was issued in February.



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Judge in Chicago Dismisses EEOC Suit Challenging CVS Health's Severance Agreements

As we reported earlier this year , the Chicago District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging that the company's standard separation and release agreements were "overly broad, misleading, and unenforceable." Specifically, the EEOC argued that provisions in CVS's agreements infringed on the employees' rights to file discrimination charges and participate in EEOC investigations.



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Liazon teams with Cigna, Assurant Employee Benefits

Collaboration offers a national solution for companies with 250 or more employees via Bright Choices and other Liazon-powered exchanges. On the heels of news about Aon Hewitt's estimated more than 1.2 million HIX enrollees exceeding its expectations for 2015, Bright Choices Exchange operator Liazon is crowing about its own expansion plans.



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EEOC Dragged Through Texas Roadhouse

In a positively sublime "man bites dog" story, Texas Roadhouse restaurants recently sued the EEOC for alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act . The story begins in 2011, when the EEOC filed a national class action against the chain, alleging that it systematically discriminates against applicants over 40 with respect to "front of the house" positions.



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Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed , by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v.



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Alabama's unemployment rate at 6.6%

Alabama's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent for September, down from 6.9 percent in August but up from 6.4 percent the previous year, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced this morning. Alabama's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent for September, down from 6.9 percent in August but up from 6.4 percent the previous year, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced this morning.



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Paid Sick Days Benefit Worker and Employer

As Philadelphia, other cities, and some states across the country consider a paid-sick-days law, we hear a familiar "sky is falling" refrain from corporate lobbyists. Some of these advocates have even moved state legislators to try to sneak in an amendment to keep Philly and other cities from being able to make their own decisions.



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State Issues RFP for Air Rights

The state issued a Request for Proposals on Wednesday for the design and development of an air-rights project at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA are seeking development proposals for Parcel 13, which consists of approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and portions of the MBTA Green Line tunnel across the street from the Hynes Convention Center, according to a MassDOT press release.



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Michigan teen sues after Amtrak bars travel

A Grand Rapids-area teenager with a nut allergy is suing Amtrak, saying his rights were violated when he was barred from riding the train without an adult. Amtrak's website says kids ages 13 to 15 can't travel without an adult if they have a life-threatening food allergy.



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Detroit airport, advocates settle lawsuit

The Wayne County Airport Authority has settled a lawsuit with advocates for the disabled and elderly over relocating public transportation services at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Airport officials said Friday that the pick-up and drop-off location for shuttles and buses will remain at the ground transportation center, where it moved last month.



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EEOC Dragged Through Texas Roadhouse

In a positively sublime "man bites dog" story, Texas Roadhouse restaurants recently sued the EEOC for alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act . The story begins in 2011, when the EEOC filed a national class action against the chain, alleging that it systematically discriminates against applicants over 40 with respect to "front of the house" positions.



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Eyesore no more: Former nursing home getting new life as apartments

In the shell of a former nursing home, demolition workers rip out corroded pipe, tear down drywall and sweep up broken glass. It's prelude to a long-vacant building at 3515 Hoyt Ave. being turned into an 85-unit apartment building for seniors, and the removal of a long-standing eyesore in the Port Gardner neighborhood.



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Whistleblowers to get protection starting in January

PARLIAMENT passed the Whistleblower Act, drafted by the Interior Ministry and designed to provide protection for whistleblowers. The legislation was passed by 115 out of 128 lawmakers present on October 16. "We want to extend guarantees to them that their jobs and previous relations will be protected," Robert Kalinak said, as quted by TASR.



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Idaho Department Of Labor Reports Jobless Rate Falls As Labor Force Declines

Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in September - its lowest level since May 2008. Last year September's unemployment rate was 6 percent.



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Nebraska's Monthly Unemployment Rate Stable At 3.6 Percent

The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for September is 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. The jobless rate is the same as the rate in both July and August, and down 0.3 percentage points from the September 2013 rate of 3.9 percent.



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Medinah Park District celebrates new-look park in Roselle

Medinah Park District will celebrate the grand reopening of its renovated Springhill Park during a party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Glendale Road and Sunnydale in Roselle. Executive Director Bruce Baum said the district spent $253,000 to spruce up the three-acre park with new playground equipment, parking spaces, landscaping, sidewalks and a pavilion.



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Unemployment Drops in September

October 17, 2014- PA Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.7% in September Harrisburg - Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for September 2014. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in September.



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Free Mental Health First Aid Classes - Metro Detroit area

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. "Led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy the purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues ."



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Court Narrows Claims in Md. Wrongful Death Case

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Judge in Chicago Dismisses EEOC Suit Challenging CVS Health's Severance Agreements

As we reported earlier this year , the Chicago District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging that the company's standard separation and release agreements were "overly broad, misleading, and unenforceable." Specifically, the EEOC argued that provisions in CVS's agreements infringed on the employees' rights to file discrimination charges and participate in EEOC investigations.



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Alabama job growth surges in September, unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent

Alabama's economy added more than 30,000 jobs in September, the state's strongest performance by far in nearly a decade, according to preliminary estimates from the Department of Labor. Total employment in Alabama grew by more than 1.6 percent in September.



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Pennsylvania jobless rate 5.7 percent in September

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped 1/10th of a percentage point in September, to 5.7 percent, from the previous month. That's 0.2 percentage point below the U.S. rate of 5.9 percent, according to a report released Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry .



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Rehab Industry Legal Case Settled: Suncoast Rehab Fights Back Against ...

A recent case involving Suncoast Rehab and Hernando County involved wrongful denial of the center's expansion plans, with a basis of discrimination. The case has set a precedent for the entire rehab industry, with many organizations who have been waiting in the balance to discover the recent ruling of the Appellate court, which proved the Fair Housing Act can protect American citizens and businesses if they fight for their civil liberties.



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Pennsylvania jobless rate, payrolls drop in Sept.

Pennsylvania's jobless rate dropped back down a notch in September after bumping up the past two months, even as employer payrolls shrank during the month. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in September was 5.7 percent, down one tenth of a percentage point from August.



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Judge Won't Delay Hearing For Lawyer's Maternity Leave,...

An attorney on maternal leave was denied her request to postpone an immigration hearing in Atlanta, and had to litigate with her baby strapped to her chest. Then, she was berated by the judge, who refused to delay the hearing, for bringing her child to court.



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Story from NorthCountryNow.com

St. Lawrence County gained 100 private sector jobs over the last year, the New York State Department of Labor said. According to their figures, there were 41,900 jobs in the county in September 2013 and 42,000 last month.



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Another Federal Court Decertifies FLSA Collective Action of Hospital...

We have previously discussed that, while medical providers have become a common target of plaintiffs asserting wage and hour claims arising out of so-called "auto-deduct" policies, more and more courts are realizing that the inherently fact-specific nature of these lawsuits make class treatment very difficult. See our posts from June 23, 2014 , and September 17, 2014 ].



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Braun Electric to Pay $82,500 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Bakersfield, Calif.-based Braun Electric Company will pay $82,500 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , the agency announced today. Braun Electric provides industrial electrical services for the oil and gas industry throughout California's San Joaquin Valley.



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Hungry Jack's ordered to pay bullied worker

ROLLING Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was among more than 33,000 fans who turned out to watch Adelaide United play Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. FATHER John Fleming's inappropriate relationship with a male parishioner and "prurient" interest in two teenage girls was "wrong whichever way you cut it", a court has heard.



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Get set for official strawberry picking season

ROLLING Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was among more than 33,000 fans who turned out to watch Adelaide United play Melbourne Victory at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. FATHER John Fleming's inappropriate relationship with a male parishioner and "prurient" interest in two teenage girls was "wrong whichever way you cut it", a court has heard.



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Supreme Court agrees to hear Schlichter 401(k) case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that St. Louis attorney Jerry Schlichter filed against California utility Edison International regarding its 401 retirement plan. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that found that companies were protected from litigation that related to investment decisions made more than six years before the suit was filed, the New York Times reports.



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Supreme Court agrees to hear Schlichter 401(k) case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that St. Louis attorney Jerry Schlichter filed against California utility Edison International regarding its 401 retirement plan. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that found that companies were protected from litigation that related to investment decisions made more than six years before the suit was filed, the New York Times reports.



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Rhode Island's Unemployment Rate at 7.6 Percent

Rhode Island's unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, the same as the rate for August after it was revised downward. The state Department of Labor and Training reported the new figure on Thursday.



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Businesses to be rewarded for accessibility

As part of Lancaster Accessibility Awareness Month activities, the Lancaster Commission on Disability will be evaluating businesses to determine their levels of accessibility and compliance to ADA requirements. Three businesses will be selected and awarded with a framed citation and be publicized.



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Owner pays workers after probe

Restaurant owner Nicholas Tokles has paid 69 employees at four Toledo-area eateries a total of $38,425 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The investigation found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions at the four restaurants - Nick & Jimmy's Bar and Grill, Jimmy's North, Basin St. Grille, and the Village Inn.



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Worcester arena sued over wheelchair accessibility

A Dracut man has sued the city of Worcester saying the DCU Center and a nearby parking garage are not fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the federal lawsuit, filed by Dino Theodore and Access with Success Inc., seeks to compel the city to improve accessibility for the disabled.



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Worcester arena sued over wheelchair accessibility

A Dracut man has sued the city of Worcester saying the DCU Center and a nearby parking garage are not fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the federal lawsuit, filed by Dino Theodore and Access with Success Inc., seeks to compel the city to improve accessibility for the disabled.



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SLU Professor Sues Rock 'n' Roll Marathon for Fraud, Exploiting Volunteers

When Yvette Joy Liebesman biked to the starting line at the 2012 St. Louis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, she knew she wouldn't get paid for spending the morning escorting half-marathoners along the route.



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Finding missing 401(k) money: Where to look

My mother died in 2002 and we never asked if she had a 401 . How can we find out if she had a 401 or retirement account? Is there a way to find unclaimed money? -- Pierre Missing 401 money isn't always easy to find.



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Worcester arena sued over wheelchair accessibility

A Dracut man has sued the city of Worcester saying the DCU Center and a nearby parking garage are not fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the federal lawsuit, filed by Dino Theodore and Access with Success Inc., seeks to compel the city to improve accessibility for the disabled.



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Napoles camp: Bong has own money

Janet Lim Napoles and her legal counsel Stephen David maintained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla has his own money from his earnings as an actor and film producer. David recalled he was able to talk to Revilla on Thursday and the senator himself told him that he made money from his work as an entertainer and endorser.



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Also in the news for Oct. 17, 2014 . . .

Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating ... Skilled nursing operators and the senior living sector as a whole are benefiting from improving economic conditions and "healthy demand," according to a new report from California-based commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.



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Lawsuit targets DCU Center, garage over accessibility

A lawsuit alleges there are not enough parking spaces in the Major Taylor Garage in Worcester and that they are poorly marked. WORCESTER - A Dracut man and a civil rights group of which he is a member are suing the city, alleging a host of violations of federal accessibility laws at the DCU Center and Major Taylor Garage, both of which are owned by the city.



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Sex-for-jobs officials return to work

The return of 10 of 17 staff fingered in sex-for jobs and jobs-for-sale allegations at the Dr George Mukhari Hospital has left a bitter taste in the mouths of whistle-blowers. They feel not enough has been done to protect the reputation of the hospital.



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Firefox Hello enables anonymous video calls with no sign-up

Mozilla has introduced a new video calling client called Firefox Hello, which requires no account sign-up or identity sharing. Firefox Hello isn't exactly a bold new piece of software - it's built on an existing video-calling standard called WebRTC.



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McNamara employees learn about opportunities for disabled people

Aretha Carr wasn't born with a disability, and most people wouldn't assume she has one. She's proof that not all illnesses and pain can be seen.



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BUHS to host job fair next month

Whether an experienced professional or a newcomer to the job market, all are welcome to stop by the Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium, Nov. 10, to learn how to advance their careers in southeastern Vermont and in the greater tri-state area. More than 20 employers, along with several temporary staffing agencies, colleges, technical schools, and human service agencies, will be staffing informational tables as part of the Second Annual Career Expo & Job Fair organized by the Windham Workforce Investment Board.



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In Iowa's Interest: Confronting the Disability Unemployment Crisis

Over half a century ago, when my brother Frank was at the Iowa School for the Deaf, he was told he could be one of three things: a printer, a cobbler, or a baker. He had unlimited potential, but his choices were limited by the societal barriers faced by too many people with disabilities.



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$9.9 million grant to boost job-training

Long-term unemployed residents of Orange County may soon get relief along with others in the lower Hudson Valley from a nearly $10 million federal grant.



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bill Schuette asks DTW officials 'to find a resolution' to Michigan Flyer bus stop change complaints

Add Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to the list of Michigan government officials who have weighed in on the Michigan Flyer bus stop change at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. , Schuette told Thomas Naughton, chief executive officer of the Wayne County Airport Authority, that he'd like to see a resolution to the controversy that began last month, when the authority moved the Michigan Flyer bus stop to a place where critics say passengers will be less safe.



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Federal Labor Officials Investigating Idaho Corn Maze Fatality

The U.S. Department of Labor is now involved in the investigation of the death of an 18-year-old at a north Idaho Halloween attraction. 18-year-old Jeremy McSpadden was killed instantly Oct. 10 when he fell in front of a bus while playing the role of a zombie at a corn maze in the Idaho community of Hauser near the Washington border.



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Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Current Trends Under Title VII

A recent survey of American workers suggests that religious discrimination is a growing workplace concern. Indeed, there has been an eighty-seven percent increase in the number of religious discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the past ten years.



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Fed Reserve Chair tours Boston-area job center

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who has been using her first year in the role to draw attention to employment issues, visited a local career center on Thursday to hear from residents about the challenges of finding jobs in today's labor market. The central bank's first female head is in Massachusetts to give the keynote address at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's conference on the "Inequality of Economic Opportunity" on Friday.



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The empty wheelchair: On Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis and playing fair

When I first saw the Wendy Davis' "wheelchair ad," I couldn't get past the opening image - an empty wheelchair - and the opening line: A tree fell on Greg Abbott. The issue the Davis campaign was raising was well within bounds.



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NBCU Settling Lawsuit With Former MSNBC and 'Saturday Night Live' Interns

As some companies like Fox and Lionsgate fight the issue of whether unpaid internships violate labor laws in court, at least one giant media company appears to putting the litigation to bed. According to a letter that was filed by a lawyer representing former NBCUniversal interns, the parties will soon be submitting a motion for preliminary approval of the parties' settlement.



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Mountain View: Vietnamese restaurant to pay back wages and damages to workers

Xhan Restaurant in Mountain View will be paying more than $90,000 to employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company failed to pay overtime wages. Half of the $93,381 to be paid by the Vietnamese restaurant will compensate workers for overtime, and half will be paid to the workers as damages, said Jose Carnevali, deputy regional director of public affairs, U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco.



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Most Americans Don't Know It, But Their Odds of Getting Laid Off Have Never Been Lower

This morning the Department of Labor reported that initial weekly jobless claims fell to 264,000. That's the smallest number of people filing a jobless claim since April 2000.



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Rhode Island's unemployment rate at 7.6 percent

Rhode Island's unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, the same as the rate for August after it was revised downward. The state Department of Labor and Training reported the new figure on Thursday.



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Residents raise concerns about aging schools in southwest Baltimore County

Catonsville resident Cindy Freeman speaks on behalf of the Hillcrest Elementary School PTA at a Southwest Education Advisory Council pre-budget hearing held in the cafeteria at Woodlawn High School Wednesday. Catonsville resident Cindy Freeman speaks on behalf of the Hillcrest Elementary School PTA at a Southwest Education Advisory Council pre-budget hearing held in the cafeteria at Woodlawn High School Wednesday.



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Fed Reserve Chair tours Boston-area job center

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen heard from local residents about the challenges of finding jobs in today's labor market. Yellen on Thursday spent about an hour meeting with program officials and participants at CONNECT, a local office providing employment services in this industrial, majority Latino city north of Boston.



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Fed Reserve Chair Tours Boston-Area Job Center

In this Sept. 17, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington.



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Buffalo jobs: September gains in the private sector

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that private-sector job growth in the Buffalo metropolitan area rose 0.5 percent in September compared to a year ago. The raw number shows an additional 2,600 were added to local payrolls in the year-over-year period.



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Potentially Far-Reaching FLSA Case Before Supreme Court

On October 8, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk to determine whether time employees spend in a security clearance solely for their employer's benefit is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act .



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Three Key EEO Cases to Watch on the SCOTUS Docket This Term

The Supreme Court is set to weigh in on several key questions for employers this term related to employee discrimination. When does an employer have to accommodate a pregnant employee? How about a job applicant who wears a head scarf in an interview but does not make it clear she is doing so for religious reasons and needs an accommodation? Can a court decide whether the EEOC has done enough to resolve your case? Here are three key EEO cases to keep your eye on in the coming months.



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Guidance for Employers Regarding Ebola

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. The patient died of Ebola on October 8. More recently, on October 12, 2014, a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the patient tested positive for Ebola.



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Snapchat, texting, Facebook: It's time to update your cell phone policies

Many companies have long established cellular phone use policies, but the majority of these policies have not been updated to address the expanded capabilities and usage patterns of employees with smartphones. Employees using company resources to access social media, forums, personal email and a myriad of other non-work Internet resources were a popular topic of discussion only a few a years ago.



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Most Americans Don't Know It, But Their Odds of Getting Laid Off Have Never Been Lower

This morning the Department of Labor reported that initial weekly jobless claims fell to 264,000. That's the smallest number of people filing a jobless claim since April 2000.



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CBI chief's meetings with 2G accused improper: Special public prosecutor

The special public prosecutor in the 2G case has told the Supreme Court that it was "definitely improper" for CBI director Ranjit Sinha to frequently meet those accused in the coal and 2G scam cases and these meetings could not be a matter of Sinha's right to privacy. The prosecutor also stressed that the alleged meetings "could prejudice, interfere or tend to interfere with the due course of judicial proceedings".



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Five tips on preventing workplace violence

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings.



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When Ebola Impacts Your Workplace

There is a big difference between vigilance and panic. The key for employers in dealing with Ebola is to understand the former while not falling susceptible to the latter.



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High Court to Consider Pregnancy Accommodations, EEOC Settlement Efforts

In the few days since the start of the 2014-15 U.S. Supreme Court term, the justices have chosen not to rule on same-sex marriage and heard arguments in an important Fair Labor Standards Act dispute, which asks whether employees must be paid for time they spend going through security checks at the end of their shift. The term, which began Oct. 6, will not end until June 2015, and the court has on its calendar a number of other cases that may impact employers.



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Most Americans Don't Know It, But Their Odds of Getting Laid Off Have Never Been Lower

This morning the Department of Labor reported that initial weekly jobless claims fell to 264,000. That's the smallest number of people filing a jobless claim since April 2000.



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EEOC penalizes Bakersfield company in sexual harassment case

Bakersfield-based Braun Electric Co. has agreed to pay $82,500 and take other actions to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit alleging hostile work conditions at the company's Belridge office, north of Taft, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported.



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Kentucky's jobless rate plummets to 6.7 percent

By: Manoj Shanker, Kim Saylor Brannock Note: Preliminary September and revised August labor market information are included in this release. FRANKFORT, KY - Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in September 2014 at 6.7 percent from a revised 7.1 percent in August 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training , an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.



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Parish Accontant - Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church

Position Summary The parish accountant provides day to day accounting services which support both the Parish and School. These duties are performed in a professional and confidential manner.



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OSHA: Chesapeake-based Dollar Tree racks up store safety violations | TidewaterBiz

Since 2009, OSHA has received complaints from Dollar Tree employees in 26 states and has cited the national discount retailer for 234 safety violations, according to the news release. Most recently, OSHA is proposing $262,500 in penalties for hazards found at a store in Watauga, Texas.



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3 Carroll County Road Projects Coming Up

SHA is adding an acceleration lane to benefit motorists traveling from Kays Mill Road onto eastbound MD 140 in Finksburg. During construction, which is scheduled to begin next year, Kays Mill Road will be closed at MD 140 and a detour will be established.



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