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Friday, October 24, 2014

Supply of surgical techs, nurses trails growing demand

In 2010, there were approximately 93,600 surgical tech jobs in the United States, jobs vital to the smooth operation of thousands of operating suites - hospital and standalone - around the country, and with baby boomers aging, the number of surgeries increases, growing a predicted 25 percent by 2018. "This makes surgical technology one of the most rapidly growing professions in the country," according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics .



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More charges sought against Ore. blueberry farms

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to pursue additional charges against Oregon blueberry farmers that it accuses of "hot goods" labor law violations. In 2012, the agency claimed that the two farms - Pan-American Berry Growers and B&G Ditchen - paid harvesters less than the minimum wage, which rendered their blueberries unlawfully produced "hot goods" that couldn't be shipped in interstate commerce.



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Walker: Workforce training to continue

Gov. Scott Walker says his administration would continue to invest in worker training to provide Wisconsin's manufacturers with skilled employees. Walker spoke Friday while in Green Bay for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an expanded lab at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College where students learn manufacturing skills.



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Police chief fires lieutenant, claims forged document, lying

A Bellevue Police lieutenant was terminated Thursday for allegedly falsifying a document submitted with a worker's compensation claim and lying about it during an investigation. Police Lt.



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Donegal Group's (DGICA) CEO Kevin Burke on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Good morning. My name is Audrey, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Donegal Group Inc.'s Q3 2014 Earnings Conference Call.



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Schenectady jail officer alleges discrimination

A longtime Schenectady County jail officer is suing the county and sheriff's department for at least $1.1 million, charging she was repeatedly denied promotions and retaliated against because she is black and a woman. Tanya Hull , a correction officer at the downtown Schenectady lock-up since 2002, contends county officials violated federal civil rights law in denying her promotions to sergeant five times over a period of 18 months starting in August 2013, according to a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albany.



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IRS allows use of annuities in target-date fund series

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said defined contribution plans' use of a target-date fund series containing deferred annuities won't violate IRS rules against DC plans discriminating in favor of higher paid employees, as long as other IRS guidelines are followed. Phyllis Borzi, assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, endorsed the IRS rule as meeting the qualified default investment alternatives standards in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act as long as DC plan sponsors follow Labor Department rules on annuity contracts.



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City Auditor calls for tougher enforcement of paid sick leave law

In a report issued October 17, Jones's office says that some employers are still not complying with the measure, although it went into effect September 1, 2012. The Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance 'requires employers with more than four full-time employees to provide workers with paid leave for illness, preventative care, and critical safety needs related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking,' Jones's report notes.



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Another School Shooting Same Predictable Gun Nut Outrage

Every so often you see school shootings in gun-crazy America. I know that there are liberals and gun-control crowd want to change the laws regarding access to guns, as it is far too easy for those who should not have guns to get them.



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More charges sought against Oregon blueberry farms

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to pursue additional charges against Oregon blueberry farmers that it accuses of 'hot goods' labor law violations. In 2012, the agency claimed that the two farms - Pan-American Berry Growers and B&G Ditchen - paid harvesters less than the minimum wage, which rendered their blueberries unlawfully produced 'hot goods' that couldn't be shipped in interstate commerce.



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Whistleblowers, Protests, Investigations, Oh My

I am a US Air Force veteran. After I served in the Air Force, I worked for a couple of years for the Defense Logistics Agency then another ten plus years as a support contractor within the Department of Defense acquisitions universe.



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NCAA Sued to Pay Minimum-Wage to Student Athletes - All Sports, Both Men and Women

P L McDonald Law LLC files first-of-its-kind lawsuit, contending that student athletes deserve to be treated the same as students in work study programs. work study participants who sell programs or usher at athletic events are paid, on average, $9.03 an hour, but student athletes whose performance creates such work study jobs in the athletic department are paid nothing P L McDonald Law LLC has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA to modestly compensate all NCAA Division I student athletes on par with fellow students, who participate in work study programs.



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Brewer fires head of Administration

A complaint by an employee of sexual and racial harassment preceded by one day the Oct. 17 decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to fire the head of the state agency that oversees virtually all state workers. Documents obtained by Capitol Media Services show the governor's office was given copies of a filing by the worker with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Oct. 16. The worker, whose identity was not disclosed, said in her filing with the EEOC that Brian McNeil, director of the state Department of Administration, made comments to her last year with "sexual connotations.'



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Bradley unemployment rate plunges to 6.1

Nonteaching personnel returning to their jobs following a summer hiatus in both public and private settings are being credited for a surprisingly strong shift south in Bradley County's unemployment rate for September. Larry Green, labor market analyst who monitors the local jobs picture for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, confirmed Thursday the Cleveland area jobless mark has plunged to 6.1 percent, down from a 6.9 revised rate in August.



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Director of Human Resources - Diocese of Knoxville

The Diocese of Knoxville is accepting applications for the Director of Human Resources position. Please email cover letter and resume to Deacon Sean Smith, Chancellor at: [email protected] Purpose of position: Responsible for making sure the Diocese of Knoxville fulfills its religious and secular obligations related to employees in the areas of hiring/terminating, compensation, benefits management, training, ongoing professional development, evaluation, promotion, policy generation and establish good rapport and trust with people, in particular the pastors .



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Participant in 1965 March on Selma to Preach at North Parish of North Andover

The North Parish Church of North Andover is pleased to announce that Rev. Clark Olsen, a participant in the 1965 March on Selma, will be preaching on Sunday, October 26 at both the 9:00 and 11:00 am services.



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Ayotte stumps for streamlined federal buying process in Milford

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, left, promotes the proposed Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act during a visit with employees at Cirtronics Corp. in Milford on Thursday.



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Jury awards one-armed security guard $35,922 in EEOC discrimination case

A federal jury in Miami has awarded a one-armed security guard $35,922 in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination case over his removal from his post after a customer complained about his disability. Opa Locka, Florida-based Florida Commercial Security Services removed Alberto Tarud-Saieh, who had lost his right arm in a car accident, from his $8-an-hour security guard position after the president of the community association where he was stationed complained, "This company is a joke.



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In a land of lawsuits, this case seems made for litigation: A doctor appears to miss a red flag, an Ebola diagnosis is delayed, and a patient dies. But this is Texas.



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Report: Army discriminated against transgender civilian worker

The Army discriminated against a former soldier working at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, who transitioned from male to female, according to a federal report released Thursday, by improperly barring her from the female restroom and allowing employees to refer to her repeatedly as 'him' or by her birth name. Tamara Lusardi, a software quality assurance specialist at the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, began the gender-identity transition in 2010, according to the report from the Office of Special Counsel and a news release from the Transgender Law Center, which represented Lusardi.



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VA removes Alabama medical director at center of scandal

The Department of Veterans Affairs has removed an Alabama director who oversaw officials accused of falsifying data and manipulating patient records. James Talton was the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System and had been on paid administrative leave since August, after revelations surfaced ranging from long wait times at system facilities to employees helping patients buy drugs.



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Capital Bikeshare Employees Take Steps to Unionize

Fifty-seven Capital Bikeshare employees - or more than 80 percent of the work force - submitted paperwork Thursday to the National Labors Board to become a union, the Washington Post reported today. The employees are organizing to be a part of Transport Workers Union Local 100, the same union of New York's Citi Bike's workforce.



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Ebola cases could spur lawsuits _ with big hurdles

In a land of lawsuits, this case seems made for litigation: A doctor appears to miss a red flag, an Ebola diagnosis is delayed, and a patient dies. But this is Texas.



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It Takes a Village to Enforce Fair Wage Laws

Labor rights activists and supporters of the "15 Now" movement attend the Seattle City Council session of June 2, 2014, for the vote on raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.In a historic vote, the increase was approved unanimously. (Photo: Eino Sierpe Seattle made history in June when it became the first major city in America to pass a livable minimum wage of $15 an hour.



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StanCorp Financial Group Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Zacks

's stock had its "neutral" rating reaffirmed by Zacks in a research note issued on Friday. They currently have a $70.00 price objective on the stock.



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Good News for Guilty Whistleblowers

Want to be a whistleblower but worried your own wrongdoing will prevent it? If so, Tuesday's decision by a federal court in Texas should come as welcome news. In that long-running False Claims Act case, the court rejected a move by defendant Omnicare to dismiss the case on the grounds of wrongdoing by the whistleblower, Susan Ruscher.



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Shamed carer Agneskia Sztokmanska, who ill-treated patients at a...

A SENIOR carer from Salisbury was sentenced to five months in prison today for mistreating residents at a specialist dementia care home. The judge, Recorder Peter Blair QC, decided to give Agneskia Sztokmanska, 45, a custodial sentence at Swindon Crown Court after she refused to admit her guilt and for the fact that she challenged the evidence that was given by the whistleblowers.



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'Callous' carer jailed for five months

A SENIOR carer from Salisbury was sentenced to five months in prison today for mistreating residents at a specialist dementia care home. The judge, Recorder Peter Blair QC, decided to give Agneskia Sztokmanska, 45, a custodial sentence at Swindon Crown Court after she refused to admit her guilt and for the fact that she challenged the evidence that was given by the whistleblowers.



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Treasury Issues Guidance to Encourage Annuities in 401(k) Plans

In order to help retirees manage their savings and ensure they have a stream of regular income throughout retirement, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today designed to expand the use of income annuities in 401 plans. The guidance makes clear that plan sponsors can include deferred income annuities in target date funds used as a default investment, in a manner that complies with plan qualification rules.



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Jury Finds In Favor Of EEOC That One-Armed Security Guard Was Fired Because Of His Disability

In a verdict in favor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , a jury has found that a licensed security guard with only one arm was unlawfully discriminated against based on his limb loss when his employer, removed him from his post following a customer complaint about his disability, the federal agency announced today. The EEOC's lawsuit charged Florida Commercial Security Services with disability discrimination when it removed Alberto Tarud-Saieh, who had who lost his right arm in a car accident, from his $8-an-hour security guard position after the president of the community association where he was stationed complained, "The company is a joke.



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For a waitress, sexual harassment is an accepted part of the job

While only 7 percent of American women work in the restaurant industry, a total of 37 percent of sexual harassment claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission comes from that sector. It has become an industry norm.



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RELEASE: Eds, Meds, and the Feds: New CAP Report Details How the...

A new report from the Center for American Progress details how the federal government can play a larger and more meaningful role in encouraging partnerships between cities and communities and anchor institutions to increase community revitalization and economic growth. Universities and hospitals, collectively called "Eds and Meds," are commonly referred to as anchor institutions, as they are rooted in the communities where they are located.



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SW Michigan Jobless Rates Rise In September

Jobless rates around Southwest Michigan were up slightly during the month of September. The Department of Labor Market and Strategic Initiatives says that St. Joseph County saw their jobless rates go up from 5.1 percent in August to 5.2 percent in September.



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Pa. Supreme Court Suspends McCaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery has been suspended by his peers on the court based on the recent pornographic email scandal as well as other allegations of wrongdoing involving referral fees paid to his wife and attempts to "exert influence" over judicial assignments. Anybody notice that this is being used to get around elected justices and bring in even more cronyism via appointed Judges? We'll go from very-corrupted to bought-and-sold-crony-pay-off corruption! How ironic that Chief Justice Castille used a "Kings Bench Petition" to expeditiously take out his biggest foe and critic.



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Miami company fined $35,000 for firing one-armed security guard

A jury charged Florida Commercial Security Service with unlawful discrimination after the employer fired a one-armed security guard because of his disability.



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New lawsuit targets NCAA and every Division I school

The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every Division I school as defendants. New lawsuit targets NCAA and every Division I school The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every Division I school as defendants.



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Montgomery County plans to get more snow off of sidewalks after winter storms

When snow falls, Montgomery County deploys a fleet of plows that cover about 5,000 miles of roads. Private property owners are required to clear sidewalks adjacent to their land no later than 24 hours after the end of what officials like to call a "storm event."



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Transgender Army employee at Redstone Arsenal wins 'historic' discrimination case

I hope my case and this decision will help other transgender people feel safe enough to bring their full authentic selves to work. A transgender Army civilian at Redstone Arsenal's Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center was forced to undergo "frequent, pervasive and humiliating," gender-identity discrimination, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday.



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D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize -- and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

Fhar Miess, who supervises the bike checking team at Capital Bikeshare, is helping workers to join a union. Most large Bikeshare systems - those racks full of clunky rental bikes parked in docks that have been springing up all over American cities - are far from self-regulating.



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Saturday Night Live interns settle NBCUniversal wa...

Thousands of former interns at NBCUniversal, including on the late-night TV show "Saturday Night Live," have reached a $6.4 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit claiming they should have been paid for their work. The settlement resolves claims that NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp, violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in New York, California and Connecticut by classifying the plaintiffs improperly as "non-employee interns," exempt from applicable wage and hour requirements.



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Saturday Night Live interns settle NBCUniversal wage lawsuit

Thousands of former interns at NBCUniversal, including on the late-night TV show "Saturday Night Live," have reached a $6.4 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit claiming they should have been paid for their work. The settlement resolves claims that NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp, violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in New York, California and Connecticut by classifying the plaintiffs improperly as "non-employee interns," exempt from applicable wage and hour requirements.



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Why should the police pay because someone chose a duff dad?

There are millions of women who have children with someone they later realise is a nutmunching arse they wish they'd never met But five decades ago a thing called reliable contraception came along, and with it came freedom, careers, independence, and that priceless thing called choice. You chose whether to have sex, you chose whether to use contraception, you chose whether to keep any ensuing baby.



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Tax Roundup, 10/24/14: IRS attorney says revolving door spins away...

Tax Roundup, 10/24/14: IRS attorney says revolving door spins away billions. And: pass-through isn't always small.



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When Punishment Isn't the Point

The human desire to control our own destiny and to assume godlike powers for ourselves explains why men and women have repeatedly convinced themselves that the history of failure does not apply to them - that they will be the ones to prove the past wrong. [Yet] do Christians believe that every attempt to promote justice is therefore pointless? Not at all.



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What Employers Need to Know about Ebola

Call to Action: It is critical that employers begin to consider the important issues that the Ebola outbreak raises about preparedness, protocols and workplace safety in order to be ready for any potential outcome. This is not a time for panic, but rather employers should be monitoring the situation as it evolves.



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The Story Of How Steve Jobs Helped Make The iPhone Easier To Use For Deaf People

A new story has emerged that details how Steve Jobs reportedly helped make the iPhone more accessible for deaf people. While speaking at the Tampa Bay Business 100 awards last night, Sean Belanger, CEO of visual relay service ZVRS, detailed how he originally reached out to Jobs with a shot-in-the-dark email.



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Treasury and IRS Encourage Use of Annuities in 401(k) Plans

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance aimed at expanding the use of income annuities in 401 plans. The guidance issued Friday in Notice 2014-66 makes clear that plan sponsors can include deferred income annuities in target date funds that are used as a default investment, in a manner that complies with plan qualification rules.



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New Treasury Guidance Will Encourage Annuities In 401(k) Plans

I write primarily about the U.S. public and private retirement system. Trained in economics , I serve as the William Karnes Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Business and Public Policy at the University of Illinois.



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Whistleblowers protected, law includes subcontractors

By JIM GARAMONE DOD News, Defense Media Activity Military and civilian personnel who expose wrongdoing in the government should not become victims, said Nilgun Tolek, the director of whistleblower reprisal investigation at the DOD Inspector General's Office in Washington D.C. Sept. 16. The common understanding of a whistleblower "is somebody who brings wrongdoing to light in general," Tolek said during a recent interview.



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Workers stuck paying plush AFL-CIO union salaries

CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., used money taken from workers to pay union officers and employees an average of $89,328 during fiscal 2014. Including every individual for whom AFL-CIO reported a gross salary to the U.S. Department of Labor - from president Richard Trumka on down - the union coalition spent over $35 million on compensation for three officers and 391 employees.



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

EEOC Sues County Fair Farm for Sexual Harassment

County Fair Farm, a farm and produce wholesaler located in Jefferson, Maine, violated federal law by creating and maintaining a sexually hostile work environment for female farmworkers since 2003, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced in a lawsuit today. The EEOC charged that female farmworkers were groped, repeatedly propositioned for sex and subjected to lewd comments about their bodies by their supervisors and male co-workers while working at County Fair Farm.



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Impact of Slayer Statutes on ERISA Benefits

Arecent opinion by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Box v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.



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A judge on Thursday declined to dismiss two lawsuits

The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every New lawsuit targets NCAA and every Division I school The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every Check out this story on delawareonline.com: http://usat.ly/1tP22oj The legal attacks on the NCAA and its limits on what athletes can receive while playing college sports have been spread across a much wider front with the filing of a lawsuit that names the NCAA and every Division I school as defendants.



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Title VII Severance Agreement Issue Remains in Legal Limbo: Judge...

Last month, we reported that an Illinois district court judge threw out the EEOC's controversial lawsuit against CVS seeking to invalidate its severance agreements. The judge there did so and promised to follow up with a written opinion.



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Psycamore Files: Ocean Springs officials were offered compromise two weeks prior to vote

On Nov. 29, 2011, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted 5-1 to deny a use permit to the Psycamore mental health clinic to operate on Iberville Drive, touching off a series of events which led to the U.S. Department of Justice finding that the city had discriminated against the mentally ill and violated the Americans With Disabilities Act in denying the permit. Two weeks prior to that critical vote, however, the city was presented with a way out of the controversy with a compromise offer from Psycamore through its attorney, Billy Guice of Ocean Springs.



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Labor digest

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $1,914,681.50 in back wages and fringe benefits for 147 workers at Proimtu Mmi-Nv LLC, a Henderson-based subcontractor providing construction services at the federally funded Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah. This project, which received a $737 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, is a 110 MW solar energy power plant that will power up to 75,000 homes during peak electricity periods.



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OSHA provides direction for inspecting cranes and derricks on construction worksites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a directive * for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The new directive provides OSHA compliance personnel with direction on performing inspections where power-operated equipment, covered by Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction , is present on a construction worksite.



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Job growth revised upward for 2nd quarter

State officials are reporting stronger job growth in the second quarter of the year in Rhode Island than originally estimated. The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday an analysis of tax data showed 1,200 more jobs for the quarter ending in June than initially reported.



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County settles courthouse contract dispute for $232,000

Snohomish County leaders approved a $232,000 settlement Wednesday to resolve a contract dispute with the architectural firm jettisoned from the new courthouse project. The payment to ZGF Architects of Seattle comes on top of $400,000 in legal fees already approved for condemnation proceedings.



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StanCorp Financial Group's (SFG) CEO Gregory Ness on Q3 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

J. Gregory Ness - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Insurance Company, President of Standard Insurance Company, Chairman of Standard Insurance Company and Director of Standard Insurance Company Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for holding. Welcome to the StanCorp Financial Group Third Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call.



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Arlett explains why he's running for council

During the past five months I have traveled the roads of Sussex County from east to west. In listening to old-timers and newcomers, I've learned the history and distinctive qualities of every town in the Fifth Council district.



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Jury Finds In Favor Of EEOC That One-Armed Security Guard Was Fired Because Of His Disability

In a verdict in favor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , a jury has found that a licensed security guard with only one arm was unlawfully discriminated against based on his limb loss when his employer, removed him from his post following a customer complaint about his disability, the federal agency announced today. The EEOC's lawsuit charged Florida Commercial Security Services with disability discrimination when it removed Alberto Tarud-Saieh, who had who lost his right arm in a car accident, from his $8-an-hour security guard position after the president of the community association where he was stationed complained, "The company is a joke.



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MOL relaxes regulations for parental leave

Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen recently stated that an amendment to the existing policy that regulates the criteria for non-paid parental leave is currently being developed, which seeks to lower the threshold of time served at a company from one year to six months. During a session at the Legislative Yuan's Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee , Chen reported that the Ministry of Labor is currently aiming to amend the Act of Gender Equality in Employment .



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Chipotle sued for allegedly violating fair labor laws

Angelica Mora, Josh Pisani and Margarita Flores work at the Chipotle on the 16th Street Mall at Blake Street during lunch recently. Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has been sued in courts in Colorado and Minnesota for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.



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Owner Denies Female Workers Were Sexually Harassed on Jefferson Farm

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday sued a Lincoln County farm in U.S. District Court, alleging that its owners allowed male supervisors to sexually harass seasonal female workers. The federal agency charged with enforcing employment laws that protect workers from discrimination sued the County Fair Farm in Jefferson but did not name its owners or male supervisors in the eight-page complaint.



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JVS receives $6.4 million federal grant

San Franciscobased Jewish Vocational Service has been awarded $6.4 million to help people find work in the Bay Area, part of $170 million in federal grants to help combat long-term unemployment. The White House announced the Department of Labor grants last week.



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DOL Issues FAQ on Foreign National Qualifications

A permanent labor certification issued by the U.S. Department of Labor allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. The application for a labor certification is filed via the DOL's Permanent Case Management System using the ETA Form 9089.



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'Marlins Man' Takes Center Stage At The World Series

MIAMI - One Miami man is notorious for crashing prime time sporting events. Whether it's the Kentucky Derby or the NBA Finals, people can expect the orange-clad "Marlins Man" to be there.



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Notice of Cancellation

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION The following Public Hearings scheduled for November 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carbon County Courthouse for discussion and comment HAVE BEEN CANCELLED: 1. Public Hearing regarding recommendation of Planning Commission to change official zone map from RR2.5 to R-1-20,000 on approximately 1.66 acres of parcel 02-1079-0002 owned by Russell & Amy Cave; and 2. Public Hearing regarding recommendation of Planning Commission to issue a Conditional Use Permit for contracting business and warehouse on parcel 02-1513-95 for IEGEC, LLC. /s/ Seth Oveson Seth Oveson, County Clerk/Auditor In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing auxiliary services for this meeting should call Sandra Lehman, Commission Secretary, at 636-3226 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.



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Employees Face Uphill Battle in Holding Private Equity Firms Accountable under WARN Act

The United States District Court in Delaware recently issued a welcome decision for private equity firms whose portfolio companies run afoul of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act . In In re Jevic Holding Corp .



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Higher Ed Raises Concerns, Works with Proponents of the TEACH Act

The proposed legislation, not to be confused with the already established TEACH Act on copyright issues , is intended to improve the accessibility of "electronic instructional materials and related technologies" for persons with disabilities. The bill attempts to do this by tasking the EDUCAUSE and the other higher associations involved in this discussion agree with the goal of improving accessibility for students with disabilities.



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Neighbors, developer spar over methadone clinic

Opiate addiction, especially heroin, is a huge problem in Baltimore. One estimate lists the number of heroin addicts in the city as high as 60,000.



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Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the People from their government.



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Special Education PTO presents transitioning program

Nick Gelbar, Ph.D. of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities out of the University of Connecticut presented a program for parents on how to prepare to transition their special needs children to life beyond their K-12 education. The event was hosted by the Success... Nick Gelbar, Ph.D. of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities out of the University of Connecticut presented a program for parents on how to prepare to transition their special needs children to life beyond their K-12 education.



http://www.courant.com/reminder-news/rnw-sr-1030-success-septo-20141023-story.html

Four Whistleblowers Win Big in Case Against Boeing

Four whistleblowers will be awarded a sum of $3.9 million after reporting intentional overcharges made to the United States Air Force by airplane manufacturer Boeing. Boeing paid $23 million total in settlements after the allegations arose that the company defrauded taxpayers by deliberately charging too much money for maintenance done on aircraft in its San Antonio support center.



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Gavel to Gavel: A tiger by the tail

Back in school, I recall reading the short story The Lady or the Tiger? It's about a woman made to choose between two fates for her would-be husband, neither of which was particularly pleasant. What she would choose is left for the reader to decide.



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6 Franklin County projects seek CDBG funding

Antrim Township requested $13,924.28 to install 88 Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks at the Cedarbrook community north of State Line. Hamilton Township Municipal Authority is seeking $85,000 for sewer lateral assistance for residents of the Old Kensington Heights neighborhood.



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NCAA facing lawsuit over minimum wage laws

The lawsuit, brought by a former college athlete against the NCAA and NCAA Division 1 Member Schools, alleges that defendants both jointly agreed and conspired to violate the wage and hour provisions [materials] of the FLSA and that the NCAA affords better treatment to its students in work study part-time employment programs than its student athletes. Work study participants, "students who work at food service counters or sell programs or usher at athletic events, or who wait on tables or wash dishes in dormitories," qualify as temporary employees of the NCAA and are thus paid at least a federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour for their non-academic work.



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Job Fair in Lewiston on November 3

The Lewiston CareerCenter is hosting a Job Fair on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, from 9 to 11 a.m. at its building on 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. About two dozen employers will be hiring.



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Leaky Leon, Still Leaking

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ComplianceBug Wins Award for Helping Employers Comply with Healthcare Reform, ERISA and HIPAA Laws

PRLog - Oct. 23, 2014 - PHILADELPHIA -- ComplianceBug, an online solution provider for employers and advisors to help manage the numerous compliance tasks required by the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, COBRA and HIPAA laws, today announced the company was honored with a 2014 Marcum Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognizes companies that have made ground breaking strides in the fields of technology, healthcare/biotech, manufacturing and business services.



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California Schools Employee Benefits Association Welcomes in a New President

As new President of the CSEBA, Heidi Ober plans to adopt and maximize the use of new technologies in order to expand the CSEBA services, all while maintaining affordable health care options for the members. PRLog - Oct. 23, 2014 - SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.



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You can put up to $18,000 in your 401(k) next year

Super savers and rich people will be able to put even more money in their 401 s next year. Starting in 2015, contribution limits for the tax-deferred retirement accounts will increase by $500 to $18,000, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.



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Secretary of Labor renews charter of National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has renewed the charter of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. The charter will remain in effect until Oct. 7, 2016.



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Looking Out: City reports progress on Waxter Center repairs, promises more

City officials this week outlined significant repairs and renovations at the Waxter Center in Mount Vernon -- work that was promised to seniors who use the facility when the GLCCB arrived to share their space in February. City officials this week outlined significant repairs and renovations at the Waxter Center in Mount Vernon -- work that was promised to seniors who use the facility when the GLCCB arrived to share their space in February.



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Pittsburgh Public Schools reaches settlements with principal, teacher

Pittsburgh Public Schools today released information on settlements with two former employees, one a Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 principal who was rated unsatisfactory and the other a welding teacher who alleged sex discrimination and retaliation. In the Westinghouse case, the district is paying $85,000, including $76,563, less payroll taxes and deduction, to Alexander Herring Sr. and $8,437 in legal fees payable to his attorney Edward A. Olds.



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Whistleblowing in the UK - A dismal report

According to Public Concern at Work , the whistleblowing charity, 2013 was the year of the whistleblower in the UK. Stories of whistleblowers have been, and still are, making front page news across the UK.



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500 jobs to be featured at career fair tomorrow

The Cortland Works Career Center will hold a job fair featuring more than 500 available jobs from 50 area businesses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in the McEvoy Center at 1710 Route 13. Businesses from health care, transportation, green energy, finance, food service, technology and other industries will offer a range of career opportunities to prospective employees at the fair, the state Department of Labor said. A bank of computers will be available at the fair so people can apply to companies that require online applications.



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Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors. Representatives of the Professional Services Council met with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and White House officials to urge changes to the Order, which requires prospective federal contractors and subcontractors to track and report a comprehensive list of labor and employment law violations, bars larger existing contractors from requiring pre-dispute arbitration agreements of certain claims , and requires contractors to provide employees with additional information on overtime and hours worked in paychecks.



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Department of Labor seeks additional charges against Oregon blueberry growers

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to expand litigation against Oregon blueberry farmers accused of "hot goods" labor law violations.



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NBCUniversal Agrees to Pay Out $6.4 Million To Settle Unpaid Internship Claims

NBCUniversal has decided to make the historic step of settling claims of violating labor laws through its unpaid internship program by agreeing to pay $6.4 million. The settlement marks the most significant development since a federal judge ruled in June 2013 that Fox Searchlight was the "employer" of two former interns who had worked on the film Black Swan .



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Targeted Marketing Can Boost 2015 Employee Benefits Enrollment

St. Paul, MN, October 23, 2014 Mass customization sounds like an oxymoron, but it's what we've all come to expect from our online experiences. Retailers, service providers and other vendors use the data they gather from their customers to tailor their product offerings to each individual.



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Highland committee proposes building new elementary schools

At the Highland Local Schools Board of Education meeting Oct. 20, Highland Facilities Advisory Committee member Kimberly Bolas Miller gave a presentation and recommendation regarding the options for resolving issues with the elementary and middle school buildings. At previous meetings, Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said the buildings are aging and present many safety and learning concerns, such as leaky ceilings and lack of air conditioning.



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Pa. Supreme Court Suspends McCaffery

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery has been suspended by his peers on the court based on the recent pornographic email scandal as well as other allegations of wrongdoing involving referral fees paid to his wife and attempts to "exert influence" over judicial assignments. Anybody notice that this is being used to get around elected justices and bring in even more cronyism via appointed Judges? We'll go from very-corrupted to bought-and-sold-crony-pay-off corruption! How ironic that Chief Justice Castille used a "Kings Bench Petition" to expeditiously take out his biggest foe and critic.



http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/business-of-law/id=1202674022587/Pa-Supreme-Court-Suspends-McCaffery?mcode=1202619332875&curindex=3

Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

Running a business is hard enough without worrying about liability and litigation related to discrimination claims. Even the most careful business owners may encounter this issue at one time or another.



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Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running

Last spring FDL was under constant denial of service attack, which many of our readers directly experienced when we went offline. With your help we were able to make upgrades to the site and block many of the attempts to take us down.



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Don't blame Syracuse school superintendent for failures of the past

Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras interacts with first-graders in Mrs. Burden's classroom at the Syracuse Latin School Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.



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Why protecting Free Speech is so important for the future of journalism

Free Speech Week 2014 runs through Sunday, Oct. 26. To download a Word version of this column for publication, please click here. There is a reason freedom of speech was carved into the governing fabric of our nation.



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How Fat Shaming Ends Up Hurting Women's Paychecks

The focus on the nation's obesity epidemic, coupled with society's specific gender-based expectations for women to look a certain way, ultimately results in fewer professional opportunities for women who are overweight, according to a new Vanderbilt University study . Compared to average-sized women and men, overweight American women are more likely to occupy lower-paying jobs in less respected sectors of the U.S. workforce.



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A deeply flawed pension idea

Candidly, I am not looking for more issues upon which to take a position. But my friends at the Urban Institute strongly support, and my friends at the Pension Right Center strongly oppose, a proposal by Senator Orrin Hatch for a SAFE Retirement Plan whereby public pension plans turn over the assets of their employees to insurance companies, who would do the investing, bear the risk, and ultimately pay the benefits.



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Obama Administration Federalizes School Bullying in Disability-Harassment 'Guidance'

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights , where I once worked, declared yesterday that schools can be liable for bullying that creates a " hostile educational environment " for a disabled student. Indeed, it says that for students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , a school can be liable even if their "harassment" is not based on their disability at all, covering such "students with disabilities who are bullied on any basis " if it affects their education.



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Hair Cuttery Reinstates Man Fired After Contracting HIV, Apologizes

LANHAM, Md. - A Maryland man who was fired from his job at a hair salon for being HIV positive has been reinstated and his employer has apologized.



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Proposed Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act of...

Legislation recently introduced in the Senate would place many restrictions on the ability of a corporation navigating bankruptcy to change the compensation and benefits of employees and retirees. The bill would also create a presumption that retiree health benefits are fully vested.



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Viral Legend 'Marlins Man' Is a Lawyer Obsessed With Live Sports

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching my dear Kansas City Royals run through yet another team in the playoffs when I noticed a curious sight: Amidst a sea of blue paraphernalia, there was a lone man in neon Florida Marlins orange. And not only was he wearing the gear of a team that was nowhere near the playoffs, but he had a front-row seat directly behind the catcher.



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Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: Occupational Accident policies

If you are an independent contractor you may still file a good claim for workers' compensation in North Carolina. Our workers' compensation law has a clear exception to the general rule against independent contractors.



http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/workers-compensation-and-truck-drivers-86170/

Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: back injuries

Your back hurts, you've got pain down your legs, and the workers' compensation adjuster is telling you that you didn't have an accident. If you are like most people you think of an "accident" as a "slip, trip, or fall."



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Harassment by third parties can create exposure

A recent decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corp., serves as a reminder that employers can potentially be held liable not only for sexual or other harassment perpetrated by their own employees, but also for harassment carried out by third parties, such as employees of customers, vendors or other business associates.



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Third Circuit Tightens "Original Source" Requirement for Whistleblowers

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name drugs. The federal government investigated for six years and decided not to participate.



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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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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 Central District of California on behalf of purchasers of Arrowhead Research Corp. common stock during the period between August 12, 2014 and October 8, 2014, inclusive . Investors who wish to become proactively involved in the litigation have until December 9, 2014 to seek appointment as lead plaintiff.



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Hair Cuttery reinstates stylist fired over HIV status

Brandon Smith was fired from a Maryland Hair Cuttery after he tested positive for HIV. The company that owns the Hair Cuttery chain of hair salons has agreed to reinstate assistant manager and hair stylist Brandon Smith whom it fired from its salon in Greenbelt, Md., in August after learning he had tested positive for HIV.



http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/10/22/hair-cuttery-reinstates-stylist-fired-hiv-status/

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be novel, employers faced very similar issues in the 1980s involving AIDS, and more recently in 2009 related to the H1N1 pandemic.



http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ebola-and-the-workplace-what-employers-82100/

EEOC to Hold Live Twitter Chat On Disability Employment in the Federal Sector

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will hold a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm . In commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month , the interactive online forum will focus on the federal government as a model employer of people with disabilities.



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Coventry Proposes Construction of New Police Station

The current police station at 1075 Main St. is outdated and not structurally accommodating for a police staff, according to police. A presentation will be held on the new police facility proposal at the Coventry Police Department's open house at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.



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Techs Say DirecTV Owes Them Overtime

DirecTV technicians have filed 24 federal actions and counting, alleging that the country's largest satellite TV provider is denying them fair wages. Though the technicians work for a network of so-called Home Service Providers, like DirectSat USA, they "drive a DirecTV-branded vehicle, wear a DirecTV uniform, and perform their work according to DirecTV's exacting policies and procedures."



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Augusta Area Job Fair on Oct. 27

About two dozen employers will be hiring for positions in manufacturing, retail, health care, construction and customer service 3-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2 in Augusta.



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Two cigar shaped UFOs appear near the International Space Station

Unidentified Flying Objects have been spotted throughout history around the world. Widely defined as any airborne object that cannot be identified, most associate appearances of UFOs with aliens.



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Taxi workers rally for signs advising 25 years in prison for assaulting drivers

Members of the New York Taxi Workers' Alliance rallied on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon in a final push for passage of the Taxi Driver Protection Act, calling for warning signs in yellow taxis, green cabs, liveries and black cars, before a full Council vote on Wednesday. State law already calls for a penalty enhancement of five additional years to the maximum penalty when the victim of felony assault and other crimes is a taxi or FHV driver.



http://www.brooklyneagle.com//articles/2014/10/22/taxi-workers-rally-signs-advising-25-years-prison-assaulting-drivers

Public speaks on spending plan

The current proposal is $112.9 million, an increase of roughly $2.82 million over the 2013-14 budget. The proposed Board of Education and municipal budgets are $60.9 million and $52 million respectively.



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What should you do if your employee may have been exposed to Ebola?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, circumstances are limited under which an employer can require medical exams and ask questions regarding an employee's health. In light of Ebola fears, can employers ask questions about an employee's health? What should employers do if they believe a worker may have been exposed to Ebola? Not surprisingly, attorneys who specialize in employment law are disseminating answers to their clients on those types of questions.



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We're all in this together

Lolita Lledo spends all day talking on her cell phone, texting, and checking her Facebook page, though not for the reasons you might think. As the associate director of the Pilipino Workers Center in Los Angeles, she relies on social networking to keep in touch with home care workers.



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Two Indian-American cardiologists to pay $380,000 for fraud

Two Indian-American cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to resolve allegations of a sham deal with a hospital in exchange for the referral of healthcare services, according to a media report. London, Kentucky-based Satyabrata Chatterjee and Ashwini Anand, who jointly owned Cumberland Clinic were charged with violating the False Claims Act with their sham management agreements with Saint Joseph Hospital, LEX18.com reported.



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Targeted Marketing Can Boost 2015 Employee Benefits Enrollment

Mass customization sounds like an oxymoron, but it's what we've all come to expect from our online experiences. Retailers, service providers and other vendors use the data they gather from their customers to tailor their product offerings to each individual.



http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/topix/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20141022006277&newsLang=en&ndmConfigId=1000639&vnsId=41

NOVA Legal Beat: Overtime for Driving Between Offices?

Editor's Note: This sponsored column is written by Mathew B. Tully of Tully Rinckey PLLC , an Arlington firm that specializes in federal employment and labor law, security clearance proceedings, and military law. Q. My job requires me to do much driving between multiple offices.



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Targeted Marketing Can Boost 2015 Employee Benefits Enrollment

Mass customization sounds like an oxymoron, but it's what we've all come to expect from our online experiences. Retailers, service providers and other vendors use the data they gather from their customers to tailor their product offerings to each individual.



http://www.businesswire.com/news/topix/20141022006277/en

Augusta Area Job Fair to be Held October 27 at the CareerCenter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014 Contact: Peter Diplock, Augusta CareerCenter Manager, 624-5183; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, cell 557-1483 AUGUSTA-About two dozen employers will hiring for positions in manufacturing, retail, health care, construction and customer service at the Augusta CareerCenter on Oct. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. The CareerCenter is located at 21 Enterprise Drive, suite 2 in Augusta. "Maine's employers are hiring; there are about 8,500 open jobs on our Job Bank right now," said Governor Paul R. LePage.



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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued comprehensive " Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues " . Along with the Guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A document as well as a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses .



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Targeted Marketing Can Boost 2015 Employee Benefits Enrollment

Retailers, service providers and other vendors use the data they gather from their customers to tailor their product offerings to each individual. This gives the customer a better experience while enhancing the provider's opportunity to close a sale.



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Businesses get help with Obamacare decisions

Starting in January, Iowa small and large businesses will face regulations dealing with health care that are part of the Affordable Care Act. There are tax implications, rules and fines for not following them.



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Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: Independent contracts and employees

Ordinarily only employers with three or more employees are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Independent contractors are not covered by the workers' compensation laws.



http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=a4a678aa-c21c-4c11-8c40-00ada4ba3ea9

Whistleblowers blame housing association's terrible 220m repairs record on bullying by bosses

Whistleblowers at Merton's biggest social housing group have blamed its "terrible repairs service" on a culture of bullying, poor practice and bad management. Two former customer services assistants and two former surveyors at Circle Housing Merton Priory independently contacted the Wimbledon Guardian after reading another whistleblower's allegations published last month.



http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/11550446.Whistleblowers_blame_housing_association_s_terrible___220m_repairs_record_on_bullying_by_bosses/

Fair for college students in need of a job

If you're a college student getting ready to enter the working world, you'll want to stop by Rentschler Field in East Hartford today. There's a job fair starting at 11a.m. The 'College 2 Career Expo' is in it's 11th year.



http://wtnh.com/2014/10/22/fair-for-college-students-in-need-of-a-job/

Multitasking Can Damage Your Brain, Your Career, And Maybe Your Retirement, Too

I write about living your richest life while transitioning to retirement, working in retirement and personal finance. I firmly believe that we can have it all - a rewarding career and fulfilling personal life while planning for retirement.



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Raleigh Parks and Recreational Facilities Bond

Raleigh voters can decide whether to approve a $91.7 million bond to upgrade and create new parks, greenways and cultural facilities. If approved by voters, the bond would add a 1.72-cent increase in the city's property tax rate, effective July 1, 2015.



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RFQ: Print, Production, Mailing of Holiday Cards for all 8 Cherokee...

Cherokee Nation Entertainment, LLC, , a wholly owned tribal company of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking qualified bids for the print, production, and mailing of the Holiday Cards for our eight casino properties. See attachments for Specifications and illustrations for review.



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Mandatory Retirement at Partnerships Under Legal Scrutiny: Retirement Scan

Top Planning Concerns for UHNW Clients Working with UHNW clients requires more than solid investment management and estate planning, according to advisor Paul Pagnato, founder of the Pagnato-Karp Group. Here are some of the other critical planning areas that advisors need to pay attention to.



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Life Insurer Prevails in First Circuit Appeal in ERISA Class Action...

In a unanimous panel decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a trial court's ruling that the defendant, Unum Life Insurance Company of America , had breached fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 by using so-called retained asset accounts to disburse death benefits under employer-sponsored benefit plans funded by group life insurance policies that Unum issued to the plans. Merrimon v.



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Workers' Compensation and Truck Drivers: Independent contracts and employees

Ordinarily only employers with three or more employees are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Independent contractors are not covered by the workers' compensation laws.



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Encore: Should insurers handle public-pension payouts?

Candidly, I am not looking for more issues upon which to take a position. But my friends at the Urban Institute strongly support, and my friends at the Pension Right Center strongly oppose, a proposal by Senator Orrin Hatch for a SAFE Retirement Plan whereby public pension plans turn over the assets of their employees to insurance companies, who would do the investing, bear the risk, and ultimately pay the benefits.



http://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-insurers-handle-public-pension-payouts-2014-10-22?siteid=rss&rss=1

History celebrated at the Murfreesboro Fire Department Vine Street Location

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department will host an open house Saturday, October 25 from 1:00 -3:00 pm at the Headquarters fire station located at 202 E. Vine Street to celebrate the building turning 50. The Fire Safe House will be on display and personnel will give out fire hats, fire safety literature, and other items. Information and signups for MFRD's free smoke alarm program, Project SAFE "Smoke Alarms for Everyone" will be available.



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Social Security payments will increase 1.7 percent for retirees in 2015

Retiree Joseph Visintainer plops down on the floor of the coffee shop of his local senior center to greet a visiting dachshund dog in Seattle. Millions of older Americans who rely on Social Security benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.



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Education Department tries to rewrite harassment law through administrative fiat

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights , where I used to work, yesterday declared that schools can be liable for bullying that creates a " hostile educational environment " for a disabled student. Indeed, it says that for students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , a school can be liable even if their "harassment" is not based on their disability at all, covering such "students with disabilities who are bullied on any basis " if it affects their education.



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Mandatory Retirement at Partnerships Under Legal Scrutiny: Retirement Scan

Why Clients Need Help With Family Governance Many clients don't know this area of expertise exists, but they know they need help with it, says Paul Pagnato, whose Pagnato-Karp Group works with UHNW families. Here's how advisors can help clients with family governance.



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ZocDoc Treats Doctor With Some Rule 68 Medicine

We have discussed several TCPA mootness decisions , mainly those coming out of the federal courts in Florida. Those cases hold that plaintiffs should not file "placeholder" class certification motions solely for the purpose of thwarting an attempted Rule 68 offer of judgment "pick-off."



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EEOC Signals Intent to Process and Litigate Claims of Sexual...

Signaling its intent to pursue its viewpoint that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation , the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken several recent steps to advance its theory that Title VII's statutory term "sex" has broad application within the meaning of the federal employment discrimination law. According to the EEOC, Title VII's general prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex encompasses more specific prohibitions on certain acts of sexual orientation discrimination under a sex stereotyping theory and prohibits employers from taking sex or gender, as well as perceptions regarding gender roles, into consideration when making employment decisions.



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Federal agency sues Jefferson farm, alleging female workers were sexually harassed

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday sued a Lincoln County farm in U.S. District Court, alleging that its owners allowed male supervisors to sexually harass seasonal female workers. The federal agency charged with enforcing employment laws that protect workers from discrimination sued the County Fair Farm in Jefferson but did not name its owners or male supervisors in the eight-page complaint.



http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/22/news/midcoast/federal-agency-sues-jefferson-farm-alleging-female-workers-were-sexually-harassed/

Carrie Writes: US Senate committee finds many people with disabilities live in poverty

Even after the federal Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect, two decades later, people with disabilities still face many problems. Our nation has made progress in ensuring that places are accessible, removing barriers and protecting rights, but the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee has found that there are still many social and economic barriers in place.



http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2014/10/carrie_writes_us_senate_committee_finds_many_people_with_disabilities_live_in_poverty.html

Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station Grand Opening Oct. 27

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak station in Grand Rapids at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct 27. Named in honor of the former U.S. Congressman, the station is located at 440 Century Ave. SW. Some of the guest speakers at the event include U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit; State Transportation Commissioner Lynn Afendoulis; and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, along with Michigan Department of Transportation , The Rapid, and Amtrak officials.



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Trex(R) Announces New Aluminum Gate and ADA-Compliant Handrails

Trex Company, the world's largest manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing, announced the expansion of its railing portfolio with the introduction of two new offerings. Rounding out the Trex railing line are sturdy and stylish aluminum gates and new Americans with Disabilities Act -compliant secondary handrails.



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Deborah L. Parker, The DPJ Training Group Completes Workplace Harassment/Diversity Project

Over 1100 employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission heard Deborah teach concepts of respect and awareness as "Human Being 101" in this well-received program covering legal and behavioral components of sexual and non-sexual harassment. PRLog - Oct. 22, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What would the world be like if we were all alike ? Deborah poses this question to audiences in her training programs as a way to bridge u nderstanding the depth of who we are as human beings.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Whistleblowers Now Have More Time to File Whistleblower Claims through NLRB

Under the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration , employees typically only have 30 days to file a complaint about employer retaliation. However, OSHA has now reached an agreement with the National Labor Relations Board that will allow OSHA to refer untimely claims to the NLRB's whistleblower division for its own review.



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Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs asserting violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and various other federal anti-discrimination laws.



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Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Worthlessness of Worthless Services Cases

In August the Seventh Circuit expressed its view that so-called "worthless services" cases don't state a claim under the False Claims Act. Last Friday the court reaffirmed its view by refusing to rehear the case en banc .



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What should an employer do if an employee may have been exposed to Ebola?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, circumstances are limited under which an employer can require medical exams and ask questions regarding an employee's health. In light of Ebola fears, can southeastern Wisconsin employers ask questions about an employee's health? What should an employer do if the employer believes a worker may have been exposed to Ebola? Not surprisingly, attorneys who specialize in employment law are disseminating answers to their clients on those types of questions.



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$125K settlement reached in second morgue discrimination lawsuit

A Snohomish County death investigator has reached a $125,000 settlement over allegations of workplace discrimination at the county morgue, following a similar case last year. The County Council unanimously approved the agreement with Deborah Hollis on Monday.



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Del Sordi Responds to Vastine's Charges of Financial Record-Keeping Flaws

"My life is an open book, you can look it up," says Scotch Plains Town Council candidate John Del Sordi about charges by incumbent Bo Vastine that Del Sordi, a union leader, had been accused of seven record-keeping violations by the U.S. Department of Labor in March 2010. The most dramatic moment of the Scotch Plains Township Council debate on Monday evening was the announcement by Vastine that he was in possession of a 2010 letter from the Department of Labor that documented faulty financial record-keeping at Carpenters Local 715, where Del Sordi was treasurer at the time.



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Montana's unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent

The Department of Labor says payroll estimates show the state added 1,900 jobs in September, but the increase was 983 jobs when taking agricultural workers and the self-employed into account. Montana's labor force increased by 694 workers in September while the number of unemployed declined by 289 workers.



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Rochester region's unemployment rate drops to 5.5%

Rochester's economy continued to improve in September, with a decline in the jobless rate, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday. The unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month, down from 6.8 percent a year ago, not seasonally adjusted.



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Del Sordi Responds to Vastine's Charges of Union's Financial Record Keeping Flaws

"My life is an open book, you can look it up," says Scotch Plains Town Council candidate John Del Sordi about charges by incumbent Bo Vastine that Del Sordi, a union leader, had been accused of seven record-keeping violations by the U.S. Department of Labor in March 2010. The most dramatic moment of the Scotch Plains Township Council debate on Monday evening was the announcement by Vastine that he was in possession of a 2010 letter from the Department of Labor that documented faulty financial record-keeping at Carpenters Local 715, where Del Sordi was treasurer at the time.



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Streetscape project planned in Hawthorne

A presentation of the upcoming streetscape project that will take place on parts of Lafayette and Diamond Bridge avenues was given at the Oct. 15 council work session meeting. Borough Engineer Stephen Boswell gave the presentation.



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Notice of Cancellation

NOTICE OF CANCELLATION The following Public Hearings scheduled for November 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carbon County Courthouse for discussion and comment HAVE BEEN CANCELLED: 1. Public Hearing regarding recommendation of Planning Commission to change official zone map from RR2.5 to R-1-20,000 on approximately 1.66 acres of parcel 02-1079-0002 owned by Russell & Amy Cave; and 2. Public Hearing regarding recommendation of Planning Commission to issue a Conditional Use Permit for contracting business and warehouse on parcel 02-1513-95 for IEGEC, LLC. /s/ Seth Oveson Seth Oveson, County Clerk/Auditor In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing auxiliary services for this meeting should call Sandra Lehman, Commission Secretary, at 636-3226 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.



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2011 layoffs affirmed

Four former Kearny workers, including a union chief, have lost the first round of a bid to reverse their New Year's Eve dismissals nearly three years ago. In a 21-page ruling issued Sept.



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Borzi taking a back seat on fiduciary

The leading player in the Department of Labor's effort to raise investment advice standards for retirement plans is patiently waiting on the sidelines while her boss talks to opponents of the measure. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has been meeting with industry representatives to hear their qualms about the measure, which would expand the definition of "fiduciary" under federal retirement law to include more advisers, such as brokers who sell individual retirement accounts.



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EXCLUSIVE: MP demands Wirral Council makes same payout to...

AN outcry over a A 48,000 compensation payment made a year ago to an unnamed senior Wirral Council officer resurfaced tonight. Birkenhead MP Frank Field has written to the authority's chief executive demanding a similar sum should be given to a group of whistleblowers - some of whom are now "on the point of bankruptcy."



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Overweight Women Lose in the Labor Market: Vanderbilt Study Finds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public; and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new Vanderbilt study.



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Employment - Claim stated for wrongful reduction of disability benefits

Michigan Lawyers Weekly The Michigan resource for legal news, up-to-date court opinions and the latest law practice news and views. A plaintiff has stated a "plausible claim" that the reduction of his disability benefits, accomplished by an amendment to his ERISA pension plan, violated a plan provision that precluded such reductions.



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Letter to Editor: Vote for Dan Debicella for Congress

As Election Day approaches, think about yourself and the people who are close to your heart. How has this economy impacted your life and theirs? I think about voters who, with sadness in their eyes, have mentioned their disappointment and frustration with some of our leaders.



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Story from NorthCountryNow.com

St. Lawrence County's official unemployment rate for September, 6.8 percent, was down one whole percent from August, when it stood at 7.8 percent. According to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor, this September's count was down 1.4 percent in a year, when the jobless rate was 8.2 percent.



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Should college athletes be paid?

A lawsuit filed against the NCAA argues student athletes should be paid minimum wage for the time they put in practicing and playing for a college team. The suit, which includes the NCAA and all Division 1 schools, compares student athletes to students who are in a school's work-study program.



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Bad Behavior Bonus

If you work for the federal government, it pays to be bad literally. Hundreds of millions taxpayer dollars are being wasted to pay federal workers to stay at home while they await investigations and punishments for their wrong-doing.



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P/C Marketplace Experiences Further Softening

Meanwhile, organizations funding employee benefit programs continue to face upward pricing pressure as escalating specialty drug costs combine with additional taxes and fees as a result of health care reform. These are key findings in Willis's semiannual 2014 Marketplace Realities report, published today as a guide for North American insurance buyers preparing for upcoming 2015 insurance program renewals.



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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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