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Friday, August 1, 2014

US-23 BR resurfacing in Rogers City starts Monday

PROJECT: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be resurfacing 1.8 miles of US-23 BR in Rogers City from north of Park Street to US-23. This project also will include reconstruction of sidewalk ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.



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This sidewalk sale is a bibliophile's dreamvisit|blogPost-1412624|mobile_featured_blogs_body-29328|2

Steve Kozlowski, volunteer coordinator for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, center, and Michele McClave, executive director, appear at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany.



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Thousands of disabled workers in PA make less than minimum wage, says report

Roughly 13,000 disabled employees in Pennsylvania are earning only $2.40 an hour-a rate that is disturbingly below the federal minimum wage, according to a new report issued by PublicSource.



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IRA Financial Group Introduces "Total Limited Liability Protection"...

The Solo 401 limited liability solution will allow investors to use their retirement funds to buy real estate and more tax-free and with limited liability protection The Solo 401 limited liability Solution will allow investors to use their retirement funds to buy real estate and more tax-free and with limited liability protection IRA Financial ... (more)



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Workers repeatedly exposed to amputation hazards at Packaging Corporation of America in Akron

The federal government has cited a Packaging Corporation of America facility on Killian Road for eight violations, including those that put workers at risk of amputation and other serious injuries.



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Attorneys map strategy for employers in wage suits, like ones facing Price Chopper and Stewart's

Small and mid-sized employers face the same risks as Price Chopper supermarkets and Stewart's Shops -- two of the largest private-sector employers in the Albany, New York area -- when it comes to workers alleging they were not paid properly, attorneys said today.



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Revisions to False Claims Act urged by former deputy AG

A panel of witnesses debated the merits of the False Claims Act before a Judiciary subcommittee meeting Wednesday, with one former attorney general arguing current policy provokes unfair litigation and "coercive" settlements.



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Health service whistleblowers must be supported - McLaughlin

Speaking after it was revealed that almost 7,000 complaints had been received by trusts between March 2013 and March 2014, the Assembly health committee chair said; "That figure is concerning, particularly given the fact that the number of complaints has increased dramatically over the last number of years.



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Will Rabbi David Saperstein's Departure Mean Watershed Change at the RAC?

The Religious Action Center, Reform Judaism's lobbying arm in Washington - and an enduring mainstay of liberalism in the capital - is about to undergo a seminal change.



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NLRB Stacking the Deck Against Small Businesses and Employees | Commentary

Behind every small business is a story of entrepreneurial vision and risk taking.



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Whistleblowers Failed By 'Shocking' Treatment

Ministers are accused of failing to tackle the harassment of staff in the public services who raise concerns over wrongdoing.



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Fees Awarded in 'Vigorously Contested' Class Action

A Rochester law firm that represented Tuxedo Junction managers in a "moderately complex" Fair Labor Standards Act class action has been awarded $73,427 in fees and costs, representing about 37 percent of the $200,000 settlement.



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Cobb Board of Education OKs $10K settlement

Lumped in an unanimous vote regarding personnel, the Cobb Board of Education approved a $10,000 settlement agreement Thursday with a former South Cobb High School football coach who had threatened to sue the district.



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Firm founded by Heather Somers didn't meet investment goal

A company founded by Republican lieutenant governor candidate Heather Somers benefited from a $1 million equity investment from the state in 2000 meant to spur job creation - a goal that was never met, according to the quasi-state agency now overseeing the program.



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Sarah Faulkner Launches Faulkner Strategic Consulting, LLC

Sarah Faulkner, Principal, announces the launch of Faulkner Strategic Consulting, LLC. Faulkner Strategic Consulting will provide insight-driven innovation and brand building services for consumer goods and services companies.



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Wyndham Sales Representatives Represented by Nichols Kaster and Hawks ...

The attorneys at Nichols Kaster and Hawks Quindel are announcing a significant development in an unpaid wage class action brought on behalf of sales representatives employed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts , after a federal district court in Madison granted the plaintiffs' request for conditional class status.



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Coastal Connections supports and adds resources to campaign for...

Coastal Connections and Coastal Medical Staffing, in support of The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has announced the launch of a campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers.



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Wurtz v. Rawlings Company LLC

Meghan WURTZ, Mindy Burnovski, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v.



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Justice Department Announces $1.5 Million Paid to Victims of Discrimination by Quiktrip Corporation

The Justice Department today announced the payment of more than $1.5 million in damages under a consent decree previously reached with QuikTrip Corporation.



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Editorial: Do more for the childrenvisit|article-5660687|mobile_home_category_body-7007|2

On the same day the state Department of Labor reported significant drops in jobless rates in the region and across the state, another more detailed assessment of the economy revealed that for far too many of New York's children the Great Recession hasn't really ended at all.



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Louisiana State Bond Commission Agrees to Settlement to Resolve Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleged that the commission violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by adopting a moratorium on affordable housing financing in 2009.



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Hagens Berman Investigating Alleged Accounting Fraud on Behalf of L-3 ...

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, an investor-rights law firm, is investigating alleged accounting inaccuracies and potential harm to investors of Holdings Inc. and welcomes persons with knowledge of the irregularities as well as investors who purchased L-3 stock and who have sustained significant losses to contact Hagens Berman Partner Reed ... (more)



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Editorial: Do more for the children

On the same day the state Department of Labor reported significant drops in jobless rates in the region and across the state, another more detailed assessment of the economy revealed that for far too many of New York's children the Great Recession hasn't really ended at all.



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Debate on ballot measure to hike minimum wage gets audience, despite lack of organized opposition

In the almost 20 years Alaska Common Ground chair Cliff Groh has been involved in the organization, he has spent a lot of time organizing, participating and moderating debates.



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Man accused of stealing $24,000 in benefits

Jamal Salisbury, 36, was charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.



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Editorial: Workplace legislation earned veto

In her veto message, Hassan said HB 591 would open the door to unwarranted litigation, disrupt workplace supervision and reduce productivity within state agencies.



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Feds investigate pawnbroker for alleged sexually charged misconduct

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission slapped Seapod Pawnbrokers and its owner Frank Morea with a discrimination lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five women who work at his shops in Brooklyn and Queens.



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Minimum wage takes a hike

Starting today, Minnesota's minimum wage will increase for the first time in almost 10 years.



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Tech professor examines prevalence of people with disabilities in media

When's the last time you switched on the TV to see a person in a wheelchair selling you laundry detergent? Olan Farnall, a professor of advertising at Texas Tech, recently published a study stating only 2.5 to 3 percent of all aired commercials feature characters with disabilities.



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Leominster men file suit against Market Basket

Two local men have filed a lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court against Market Basket, alleging that the supermarket violated the law by locking workers in overnight and requiring them to take unpaid breaks.



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District to fund security officers at Manatee County elementary schools

With an additional $2 million now projected to push the fiscal year-ending fund balance to $6 million for the 2013-14 Manatee County School District budget, officials may add an armed security officer in each elementary school and two more full-time student resource officers to the secondary level for the 2014-15 year.



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Cancer is hard enough - and then data theft, too?

It's a word that makes people tremble. Even when a case is curable, the stress on patients is indescribable.



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Leominster men file suit against Market Basket

Two local men have filed a lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court against Market Basket, alleging that the supermarket violated the law by locking workers in overnight and requiring them to take unpaid breaks.



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'Whistleblowers must be provided with proper support'

Whistleblowers must be given proper support so they have the courage to come forward, the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee has said.



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Justice Department Announces $1.5 Million Paid to Victims of Discrimination by Quiktrip Corporation

The Justice Department today announced the payment of more than $1.5 million in damages under a consent decree previously reached with QuikTrip Corporation.



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Louisiana State Bond Commission Agrees to Settlement to Resolve Housing Discrimination Lawsuit

The Justice Department announced today that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has approved its settlement with the Louisiana State Bond Commission resolving the department's housing discrimination lawsuit.



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Cemex cited for worker's death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. A Louisville cement plant contract worker falls to his death four floors down an elevator shaft, now the U.S. Department of Labor said the management at Cemex in Kosmosdale acted with extreme negligence.



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Allegany College of Maryland to Offer CNC Machinist Training Needed by Industry

Computer Numerical Control training program, for beginning, experienced machinists, begins in September.



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2 ex-employees sue Market Basket for unpaid breaks

Two local men have filed a lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court against Market Basket, alleging that the supermarket violated the law by locking workers in overnight and requiring them to take unpaid breaks.



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Ministers accused of 'failing whistleblowers'

Government ministers have been accused of failing to protect whistleblowers despite their role in exposing a series of major scandals.



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Feds Sue NYC Pawnbroker Accused Of Calling Female Employees His 'Whipping Slaves'

A New York pawn shop chain, whose owner was accused of calling female employees his "whipping slaves" and promising "to make babies with all" of them, was sued for harassment on Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



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Times Writers Group: Know laws about service dogsTimes Writers Group: ...

Times Writers Group: Know laws about service dogs Asking a veteran to leave a restaurant was rooted in not knowing the law Check out this story on sctimes.com: While shopping recently, I spoke with a veteran who had a service dog.



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NSW Rugby League to take licensed club to court over sale

Phil Gould and Andrew Webster discuss the drama at the Wests Tigers and speculate on which teams will make the NRL top eight.



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US pre-open: Stock futures sink on policy-tightening fears

Yet more upbeat economic data pushed US stock futures sharply lower on Thursday as investor fears about policy tightening dampened risk appetite.



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MyParkingSign.com: First Company to Sell Updated Accessibility Signage

Originally created in the 1960s, the symbol was recently redesigned to feature a more active human figure.



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VA wants to fire 2 accused of manipulating data

The Veterans Affairs Department said it wants to fire two supervisors accused of manipulating health care data in Colorado and Wyoming.



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Durham assistant police chief sues city

Forbes' lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.



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General Counsel of the NLRB Opens the Door for Franchisors to be...

In a directive that has rocked the franchise world, the National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel determined that McDonald's USA, LLC, as the franchisor, could potentially be held liable for the actions of its franchisees under the "joint employer" theory.



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Brother-in-law of Congressman Tim Bishop texted crotch shot to staffer: suit

Tim Burke , who owns restaurants in Southampton like Tully's Lobster Co, has been accused of sexual harassment by his former nightclub manager Natalie Perry.



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Retirement Planning "Toolkit" Outlines Optimal Strategies

Baby Boomers are beginning to retire , and that means huge shifts coming to the American economy.



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U.S. initial jobless claims rise by 23,000 to 302,000 last week

The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week rose more than expected, dampening optimism over the strength of the labor market, official data showed on Thursday.



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Salary Research Pays Off

Because of intense competition for every job posted, employers have been in the driver's seat in salary negotiations for the past 5 years.



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School districts owe money in wake of insurance trust failure

Claims against the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust, which shut down in June 2013, are resulting in bills for some of the state's school districts.



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Executive Order Will Make It Harder For Federal Contractors To Violate Workers' Rights

A new executive order from President Obama will make it harder for companies to win federal contracts if they violate their workers' rights and withhold their wages, the White House announced Thursday.



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Litmus test for Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership , a global transparency campaign.



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Durham assistant police chief sues city

Forbes' lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.



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UN disabilities treaty deserves ratification

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should not be controversial: It requires equal access for the disabled and bans discrimination against them in all countries that sign on.



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Ergonomic Office Designs offers user-friendly furniture

An estimated four million office workers are too tall or too short for the standard office chair.



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Durham assistant police chief sues city

Forbes' lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.



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UN disabilities treaty deserves ratification

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should not be controversial: It requires equal access for the disabled and bans discrimination against them in all countries that sign on.



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Body Well Therapy Invites Massage Therapists Nationwide to 'Bring...

Company offers a structured alternative for Massage Therapists to work with insurance patients without any billing or collections worries, guarantees pay in 10 days.



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Durham assistant police chief sues city

Forbes' lawsuit says he was passed over for promotion because of complaints he had made about discrimination in the department.



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Gender

Deputy seeks punitive damages by Jessica Mayrer In an amended lawsuit filed in the Fourth Judicial District Court last week, Missoula County Sheriff's Department Deputy Rebecca Birket argues that her male superiors should pay punitive damages to better ensure that no other woman is subjected to the alleged workplace ... (more)



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Camp Hill Bypass is finally being repaved

The rough ride along the Camp Hill Bypass is coming to an end. Crews have started paving the roadway, which has been under construction since April.



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Senate to pass 4 bills on education

THE Senate is set to approve four bills that will increase and democratize access to education despite the absence of three senators charged on the pork barrel scam, Senator Franklin Drilon said Monday.



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Harassment Complaints Up at the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol employees are reporting more claims of discrimination and harassment - a 20 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Compliance.



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35 BTech pupils cheated by fake placement firm

Anita , a BTech final year student of IT discipline, was on cloud nine when she got placed with a Vadodara-based 'Spectrum Planning Services Pvt Ltd' on December 26, 2013, but her joy was short-lived.



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Labor force exodus pushed joblessness down

The flight of people from the labor force has sent the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area unemployment rate down three-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.9 percent but it remained the highest among the state's 14 metro areas.



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Berkshire Associates Appoints Lynn Clements as Director of Regulatory Affairs

Berkshire Associates Inc. , a leading human resources consulting and technology firm, announces the appointment of Lynn A. Clements as its Director of Regulatory Affairs.



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Beaverton Christian honors 30-year career of church secretary

A celebration honoring Rose Kisling's 30 years of service as secretary will be held at Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., on Saturday at 4 p.m. Kisling's last day on the job is Friday.



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VA wants to fire 2 accused of manipulating data

The Veterans Affairs Department said it wants to fire two supervisors accused of manipulating health care data in Colorado and Wyoming.



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Spokane flagpole painter rescued in Yakima after passing out - Thu, 31 Jul 2014 PST

Having painted flagpoles for more than a half century, Warren Hinrichs was a little worried about the heat as he prepared to climb atop the federal courthouse in Yakima this week.



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OPENonline to Host HRCI-Approved Webinar, "7 Reasons To Go Green With...

OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background screening services that is accredited by the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council, will host a second complimentary webinar for HR professionals about the applicant experience - from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance to the Federal Trade Commissions requirements.



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magii, Inc Comments On an Article Reviewing the Importance of...

The article is titled "The Many Benefits of Streamlining, Improving Fall Benefits Enrollment."



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How the Civil Rights Act changed the modern workplace

I'm old enough to remember the segregated South; the race riots of the 60s; when jobs were divided between jobs for men and jobs for women; when schoolteachers were asked to resign because they became pregnant; and when older workers were forced to retire.



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News You Should Know July 30, 2014

A federal appeals panel on July 29 blocked a Miss. Law that would have shut down the last remaining abortion clinic in the state by requiring the doctors to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, something they had been unable to do.



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Coquina Investments v. TD Bank

Before ANDERSON and GILMAN,Circuit Judges, and JOHNSON,District Judge.*** Miguel A. Estrada, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC, David Scott Mandel, Nina Stillman Mandel, Camellia Noriega, Jason Brent Savitz, Mandel & Mandel, LLP, Miami, FL, for Plaintiff-Appellee, Cross-Appellant.



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

War on Who? Eric Holder Sues Police Dept. for Treating Women as Equals

" Holder for alleged sexual discrimination. No, the Penn police didn't do anything as egregious as force women to pay for their own birth-control; but apparently it enough to persuade the DOJ to file a lawsuit.



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Common questions about aging parents

Q. My mom is 85 years old and lives with me. I take care of her practically 24 hours per day.



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IntimateRider Announces Multi-Product Deal with Vida Cura Stores

IntimateRider designs and manufactures products for couples with physical disabilities, announces a multi-product deal with retailer, Vida Cura, a division of Living Well Stores.



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Former inmate injured in jail files lawsuit against the county

A former Montgomery County jail inmate is suing the county and jail officials for negligence, claiming jail officials ignored concerns about the safety of his cell resulting in his falling and breaking his hip.



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'Teen Mom 2': 'Overload' recap

" Teen Mom 2 " started out tonight's episode, July 30, with Jenelle and Nathan going over to eat at a friend's house.



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City sidewalks are dangerous for disabled people: lawsuit

The Center for Independence of the Disabled argues in the lawsuit that the city has been ignoring the American with Disabilities Act and a court order requiring the city and transportation department to improve its crumbling sidewalks.



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PA oil and gas jobs projected to grow, new study reveals

Oil and gas employment is projected to continue growing by the end of 2014, though not as much as last year, according to a recent employment survey by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.



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State police officials say agency does not discriminate against women

Pennsylvania State Police officials say they will fight a federal lawsuit that alleges they engage in a pattern of "employment discrimination against women" for entry-level troopers.



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There's a case for unions in America, and it's growing

There was a time when men worked for less than a fair wage, hours on end, in conditions so unsafe that a man a week would perish at his station, children were put into slave labor situations and women faced far worse.



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Tech Diversity- "The Next Civil Rights Movement"....

"This is the next step in the civil rights movement" declares Jesse Jackson, black chauvinist, socialist agitator and scam artist.



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Federal government sues La Nopalera for second time

For the second time since 2011, the federal government filed suit against the owners of two La Nopalera restaurants, claiming the owners didn't pay its workers minimum wage, according to a report from The Florida Times-Union.



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More

The suit was filed in Harrisburg's Federal Court late Tuesday, and claims that fitness readiness screening used by the PSP to weed out applicants is an artificial barrier to bar women.



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Obama Administration Suing Pa. StatePolice Over Physical Fitness Tests

Saying that the physical fitness tests that the Pennsylvania state police uses to identify entry-level candidates are not job-related, the Department of Justice is suing the agency for sex discrimination since more men pass the tests than women.



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Rising pension costs loom over new Huntington budget

Huntington Beach's finance department forecast another balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, though it reminded City Council members of rising costs of unfunded liabilities, mostly for city employee pensions.



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For-Profit Companies Find Religion - What's a Transactional Lawyer to Do?

Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held for-profit corporations can have "free exercise rights" as "persons" under The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 , stating, "protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mardel protects the religious liberty of ... (more)



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US Economy Growing Faster Than Forecasted

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter.



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Store to Pay Up to $6.5 Million for Misclassifying Workers

A national home-improvement store recently agreed to pay thousands of California workers as much as $6.5 million for improperly labeling them independent contractors instead of employees.



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Department of Labor Brief Provides More Guidance on Interns

In the past, we've explained the DOL's test for whether employers must pay their interns.



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Pennsylvania State Police sued over police fitness tests

The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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Policeman jailed for six years for breach of trust

Ruling that corruption was a major roadblock in the country's development, a court here sent a policeman to six years in jail and fined him Rs.8 lakh for criminal breach of trust and misconduct.



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Explain Complex Retirement Plan Material With Infographics

ShoeFitts Marketing shows retirement plan professionals how to clarify complex information and engage clients and prospects by tapping into the power of visual imagery with a new infographic.



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U.S. economy bounces back sharply

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter.



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U.S. economy bounces back with 4 percent jump in second quarter

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4 percent annual pace in the second quarter.



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Justice Dept. Lawsuit: Police Fitness Tests Discriminate Against Women

The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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School districts getting insurance bills

Some school districts have started getting bills over the past couple of weeks to help offset insurance claims against the failed Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.



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Glendale housing for low-income seniors, retired veterans opens its doors

Cypress Senior Living, a two-story building located at , features 18 units -- six of which are reserved for elderly veterans -- along with several amenities including a community garden and computer room.



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U.S. Economy Bounces Back - Watch Obama Remarks Online at

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter.



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U.S. economy bounces back sharply

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter.



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U.S. economy bounces back sharply

New data released Wednesday show the U.S. economy bounced back in the spring, growing at a 4% annual pace in the second quarter.



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US surveillance programmes restricting press freedom – Report

U.S. government surveillance programmes are scaring away sources, making journalists feel like criminals and spies, and impacting the public's access to quality news reporting, according to a new report released today.



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Air Traffic Controller Wins Federal Settlement from Government Union...

With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a Federal Aviation Administration employee has won a federal settlement from a government union that used his religious beliefs to punish him for resigning his union membership.



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Second Federal lawsuit alleges La Nopalera didn't pay minimum wage

The federal government has filed suit against three men who own two La Nopalera restaurants, saying the eateries didn't pay their employees minimum wage, according to the Florida Times-Union.



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Commission discusses employment

The Brooke County Commission learned Tuesday of efforts by the Northern Panhandle Workforce Investment Board to put unemployed residents to work.



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Feds sue Pennsylvania State Police over women's fitness tests

The U.S. Justice Department launched a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Police, alleging that the physical fitness tests the department gives as part of its application process are unfair to women.



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Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities

A 2013 ruling by the Department of Labor established a baseline for federal contractors to have 7% of their workforce be individuals with disabilities.



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U.S. sues Pa. State Police, saying physical fitness test discriminates against women

The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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DOJ Says Pa. State Police Discriminated Against Women Who Flunked Physical Fitness Tests

The Obama administration is suing the Pennsylvania State Police for requiring both men and women applying for entry-level trooper jobs to pass the same physical fitness tests.



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Checking in on Uber and Lyft in San Antonio

San Antonio City Council will soon be taking up with vehicles for hire issue, and so far things have gone about as smoothly as you'd expect.



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New Cadillac lakefront playground to be up by Labor Day

Before the summer is over, families should be able to enjoy a new playground on the shores of Lake Cadillac.



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9 things the new VA secretary promised for his first 90 days

Robert McDonald won confirmation on Tuesday to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the Senate voting unanimously to approve him as the agency's next head.



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Assess Systems' Personality Assessments Proven To Consistently...

Company will become first provider to publicly demonstrate consistent efficacy for all protected classes on August 4 at Academy of Management Annual Meeting.



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Larry Riley: When identical data lead to opposing conclusions

Three units of local government last week held successive Common Construction Wage hearings and offer a fascinating case study in drawing different conclusions based on the same evidence.



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Protect health care for our seniors

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare. Nearly half a century ago, these health care programs were enacted to provide America's seniors with reliable medical coverage.



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de Boise v. Taser International Inc

Eugene Carl DE BOISE, Sr.; T.E.R., a minor child by his next friend, Anneliese Hubbard; A.N.D., a minor child by her next friend Sheena Marie Perry, Plaintiffs-Appellants v.



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Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness tests

The federal government sued Pennsylvania on Tuesday over physical fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions, seeking a stop to a practice that it said illegally discriminates against women.



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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Sex Discrimination Against...

The Justice Department announced the filing of a lawsuit today against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police, alleging that the defendants are engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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Aquino asks Congress to swiftly pass 2015 budget, FOI

President Benigno Aquino III has called on Congress to swiftly pass 30 administration priority bills, including the proposed 2015 national budget and the freedom of information bill.



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GREEN v. DONAHOE

Before HARTZ, McKAY, and MATHESON, Circuit Judges. John Mosby, , Denver, CO, for Plaintiff-Appellant.



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HENNIG v. DIDYK

Wendy Jeanelle HENNIG, Appellant v. Michael "Miro" DIDYK, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Matthew Michael Didyk, Deceased, Appellee.



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Alexander: Repeal Davis-Bacon

The Davis-Bacon Act, which became law in 1931, requires all contractors and subcontractors working on federal construction projects worth more than $2,000 to pay their workers the local "prevailing wage," as determined by the Department of Labor.



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Chris Campbell to Speak at Self Funding Conference in Washington D.C., September 21-24

The 6th Annual Self-Funding Conference is pleased to announce Chris Campbell, Vice President, Health and Benefits Division, Cragin & Pike as a speaker at the Sept 20-24 event in D.C this year.



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HUD Continues to Prosecute Discrimination in Housing: Critical to...

With continued scrutiny from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in regards to actual and potential discrimination, TenantScreeningUSA.com strongly recommends that landlords and property managers utilize a third-party screening company to stay compliant with laws and regulations governing renting and leasing.



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Financial Industry Adds 17,000 Jobs in June

The number of jobs added in the financial activities industry reached 17,000 for the month of June, a significant increase over previous months.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Justice Department sues Pennsylvania State Police, claiming fitness tests discriminate against women

The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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US sues Pennsylvania over police fitness tests

The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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North country on wrong side of new funding formula for youth job training

A flip-flop of the formula that determines federal funding for youth job-training programs has put the north country on the wrong side of the equation.



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The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.



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Ratify disability treaty

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty should not be controversial.



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Sen. Sharon Carson calls for override of two of Hassan's four vetoes

Sen. Sharon Carson, a Londonderry Republican, has called for override votes on two bills vetoed this week by Gov. Maggie Hassan.



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Can We Do This Again

It's the highlight of my year: a visit to Governor's School at Hendrix College in Conway, which brings together promising young people from every corner of the state during the summer between their junior and senior years in high school.



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Time to end taxi vs. Uber debates

The Lyft Inc. logo and application is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5s and MacBook Air for an arranged photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.



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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Sex Discrimination Against...

The Justice Department announced the filing of a lawsuit today against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police, alleging that the defendants are engaged in a pattern or practice of employment discrimination against women in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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Meet the SEC's 6,500 Whistleblowers

What do four adult entertainers, 138 engineers, a handful of pilots and a pastor have in common? They all think they have hot tips about an alleged financial fraud.



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Newly confirmed VA chief greeted with lawsuit over military sex assault treatment

As if rebuilding a scandal-plagued department weren't enough, former Fortune 500 executive and newly-confirmed Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will have another issue on his plate: a lawsuit on the VA's treatment of military sexual assault victims.



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Assistant police chief sues city

A Durham Police Department assistant chief filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the city late Tuesday afternoon, contending he was denied a promotion because he'd complained about the department's treatment of black officers.



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Plaintiffs Can Receive Millions Under False Claims Act

The False Claims Act allows plaintiffs to file what are known as qui tam suits on behalf of the government, alleging the defrauding of government programs.



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Former inmate injured in jail files lawsuit against the county

A former Montgomery County jail inmate is suing the county and jail officials for negligence, claiming jail officials ignored concerns about the safety of his cell resulting in his falling and breaking his hip.



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Plexus publicly responds to outsourcing charge, creates more questions

Making its first comments related to a 27 News investigation on companies that outsourced jobs after receiving WEDC tax credits, the Plexus Corporation put out a press release last Thursday stating it laid off workers in 2012, but never outsourced the work.



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FR Contest: Guess the number of senior VA executives who will be fired by 12/31/2014?

Congress finally passed a bill to attempt to deal with the many problems at the VA.



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Obama's crackdown on leakers damages constitutional protections, activists say

Recent revelations of the U.S. government's pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday.



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Understanding the Challenges of Implementing the Affordable Care Act

Join us for this in-depth look at the natural outgrowth and unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act.



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Please: Stop 'Helping' Women

Dyspeptic retired Marine wife/tech wench attempts to enlighten the great unwashed of the blogosphere while dodging snarky commentary from the local knavery.



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Carpenters Cry Foul

Three days after the state shut down a painting contractor working at Yale, two union carpenters showed up at the site with a huge sign and a demand.



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New Orleans Attorneys Named Partners at The Lambert Firm

The Lambert Firm is pleased to announce that Emily C. Jeffcott, Cayce C. Peterson, and Jeremy Z. Soso have been named partners in the firm.



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Meet the SEC s 6,500 Whistleblowers

What do four adult entertainers, 138 engineers, a handful of pilots and a pastor have in common? They all think they have hot tips about an alleged financial fraud.



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State civil rights group sues Yellow Cab, Uber, Lyft for alleged Disability Act violations

The Texas Civil Rights Project - or TCRP - and ADAPT of Texas filed more than 30 lawsuits across Texas Thursday in federal and state courts against businesses including Yellow Cab, Lyft and Uber, for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act - or ADA.



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CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate.... Again

Several months ago I wrote about the Senate Intelligence Committee accusing the CIA of spying on its torture report work: The CIA Inspector General's Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA's secret ... (more)



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Government Surveillance Threatens Journalism, Law and Thus Democracy: Report

The impunity with which the American government spies on journalists and attorneys is undermining the American people's ability to hold their leaders accountable, thus threatening the core of our democracy, charged a joint report published Monday by two leading rights organizations.



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Anti-Slip Flooring Solutions withstand traffic, harsh conditions.

July 29, 2014 - Intended for installations in industrial, marine, transportation, and off-shore industries, Grit-Coated Fiber Glass Step Covers and Walkway Panels exceed OSHA and ADA slip resistance recommendations.



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Free Retirement Advice From Uncle Sam

Age 50 is time to get serious about retirement planning, and three federal agencies have put out a toolkit to help Americans who are 10 to 15 years away from retirement get their bearings.



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Rex Huppke: Still a long way to go with workplace discrimination

A poll from earlier this year by the Public Religion Research Institute identified this misconception, and also found that majorities "of both political parties and every major religious group support workplace nondiscrimination laws for gay and lesbian people."



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Healthpointe Proud to Offer Occupational Medicine Services at Colton

Benefits for choosing Healthpointe's occupational medicine services include better care and lower wait times, and it is cheaper than the expensive emergency room rates.



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CEA in Flemington benefits from fundraiser held July 17 at Gallo Rosso Bar and Restaurant

John King, Hunterdon County Freeholder, was the guest bartender at Gallo Rosso Bar and Restaurant on July 17, in his role as board member for the Center for Educational Advancement.



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Need a job? Find out where Alabama JobLink's 20,000 postings are based

Nearly 20,000 open positions are listed on the Alabama Department of Labor's JobLink resource , the greatest number since the resource launched in 2005.



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The "restroom row" in Miami is the latest attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote

It started off as a routine inquiry from a disability rights group in Miami over access to polling stations during an election.



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Assaulted Aras Attracta staff may sue HSE

Anton McNulty THE fallout of the HIQA report into the services at the Aras Attracta residential care centre in Swinford could result in former staff taking claims against the HSE for assaults they received from patients.



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Unlimited Abilities Expo coming Aug. 9 Education, motivation,...

The expo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at the University of Tennessee Knoxville's Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center, 1502 Cumberland Ave., features a panel of regionally and nationally active lobbyists and advocates participating in an audience question-answer session, along with presentations, clinics and exhibits from service ... (more)



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The Groucho Gate Affair

The Elite and Famous the people who run our country in London's Groucho club was allowed by management to have services of a sexual natural advertised on a online forum.



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Pregnancy lawsuit costs firm $30,000

Triple T Foods, an Arkansas pet food processor based in Kansas, has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought on a former employee's behalf by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Monday. [ News Source ]



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In Our View/Convention on Disability Rights: End delay on disabilities treaty

Some issues bring into focus the inanity of a do-nothing Congress. U.S. Senate ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which likely won't be voted on until after the August recess, offers a case study.



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Tennessee Auto Accident Lawyers at Greg Coleman Law Anticipate New Wave of Personal Injury Litigation

In light of the NHTSA's attempts to regulate navigation software on cellphones, Greg Coleman Law anticipates increased resistance by technology companies leery of GPS software regulations.



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169th Columbiana County Fair kicks off

The fair officially kicked off Monday afternoon at the Arnold C. Green Memorial Grandstand, hailed as the new centerpiece of the fair, during the fair's opening ceremonies.



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Former Utah female firefighter alleges discrimination, sexual harassment

A former firefighter is suing the Clinton Fire Department for alleged discrimination and sexual harassment, claiming firefighters made sexually explicit comments, routinely walked in on her while she was showering and changing clothes in the women's bathroom, and appeared in the station naked or wearing only underwear.



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Ombudsman pushes for more protection for EU whistleblowers

The EU Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, on Monday opened an investigation into nine EU institutions, which have failed to put in place protective measures for staff members that report corruption or malpractice.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Ergonomic Office Designs offers user-friendly furniture

An estimated four million office workers are too tall or too short for the standard office chair.



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Booker T. Washington vs NAACP

According to a video of a black female interviewed on camera at 2014 annual NAACP convention, black conservatives were not welcome to attend.



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Pressure mounting on Market Basket

With a multibillion-dollar supermarket empire hanging in the balance, the Market Basket board of directors met Monday to again consider a buyout offer from Arthur T. Demoulas but agreed only to continue negotiating, according to a person briefed on the discussions.



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Letter: Support the bill

Nearly half a century ago, Medicaid and Medicare were enacted to provide America's seniors and citizens with reliable medical coverage.



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Gift from commissioners gets fair off to a good start

The fair officially kicked off Monday afternoon at the Arnold C. Green Memorial Grandstand, hailed as the new centerpiece of the fair, during the fair's opening ceremonies.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updates call for light-duty...

A: This is the first comprehensive update on this issue in more than three decades.



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The whistleblowers who may have inspired Edward Snowden, and a star of stage and screen

Their first guest is actor and director Lou Diamond Phillips, who is in Melbourne playing the King of Siam in The King and I at the Princess Theatre.



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169th Columbiana County Fair under way

The fair officially kicked off Monday afternoon at the Arnold C. Green Memorial Grandstand, hailed as the new centerpiece of the fair, during the fair's opening ceremonies.



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TWC gets $922,322 to train workers

The Texas Workforce Commission was granted $5 million in National Emergency Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.



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Sand to be Replaced with Turf at School Playgrounds

Sand at local playgrounds may soon be a thing of the past. Bay District School officials are replacing the sand to make the playgrounds usable for more people.



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Travelocity call center employees offered jobs with Orbitz

Eighty-eight employees soon will lose their jobs with a Travelocity call center in Hanover Twp., but the majority were offered jobs with a new owner.



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Ongoing garda controversy had already claimed three scalps

BRIAN Purcell is the fourth high-profile person to lose their job over the series of controversies which have enveloped the gardai and the Department of Justice in the past year.



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Market Basket meets but does not resolve stalemate

Grocery Manager Michael McGann unloaded a pallate of non-perishable items from the first delivery truck to arrive at the central Haverhill Market Basket in nine days.



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Jesse Jackson Says Government 'Has A Role To Play' In Increasing Diversity In Tech

Progressive activist Jesse Jackson says he thinks the Obama administration should intervene to help increase diversity in the tech industry, and that Americans should be given first priority in tech jobs over foreign workers.



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So You Want To Be A Groom...

So you think you want to be a professional groom? Liv Gude of Professional Equine Grooms has some words of wisdom... You should DO IT.



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Bend man told: Return extra state jobless pay

Tyler Smith has a job, recently graduated school, and was recently receiving unemployment benefits from the State of Oregon.



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Travelocity sold to Orbitz Worldwide

WARREN RUDA / THE CITIZENS' VOICE Travelocity, with a call center in Hanover Township, was sold to Orbitz Worldwide.



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Climate spin - more than just a game, it's 'Wheel of Gore'

One thing I don't like about true believers is they like to set up extreme negatives for those who disbelieve.



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The Top 10 excuses for the lack of Us GDP growth

On Wednesday the Commerce Department will tell us how much our nation's economy grew in the second three-month period of 2014.



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So You Want To Be A Professional Groom...

So you think you want to be a professional groom? Liv Gude of Professional Equine Grooms has some words of wisdom... You should DO IT.



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Print and Production of Custom Five Part Expandable Hand Fans for Cherokee National Holiday

Cherokee Nation Entertainment, LLC, , a wholly owned tribal company of the Cherokee Nation, is seeking qualified bids for the print and production of custom five part expandable fans.



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Berkshire Specialty Enters Fiduciary Liability Segment, Hires Prussack as VP

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has entered the fiduciary liability market and named Rhonda Prussack as vice president, Fiduciary Liability, to lead the effort.



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NLRB Judge: Mercedes-Benz's Union Restrictions Violated Labor Laws

In September 2013, an employee at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, made a claim alleging unfair labor practices.



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New York State Becomes The Fourth Jurisdiction To Protect Unpaid...

Following New York City's lead, New York State has now made it unlawful for employers to discriminate, harass, retaliate, or otherwise engage in unlawful employment practices against unpaid interns and applicants for internships.



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U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of press, report says

U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.



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Steinfeld to receive Haecker award for leadership in architectural research

"When we think of the most impactful architectural research of the past 40 years, Edward Steinfeld's research and influence on inclusive design has been unquestionably profound."



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State civil rights group sues Yellow Cab, Uber, Lyft for alleged Disability Act violations

The Texas Civil Rights Project - or TCRP - and ADAPT of Texas filed more than 30 lawsuits across Texas Thursday in federal and state courts against businesses including Yellow Cab, Lyft and Uber, for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act - or ADA.



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North Carolina State Archives Awarded Grants to Preserve Films

Captured on film, the past comes alive. The State Archives of North Carolina preserves hundreds of motion picture films, many of which document historic events, people and places.



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Opinion: The Newest 'Disability'

The Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, has always had the potential to morph into a legal monster for employers.



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Report: US Surveillance Programs Threaten Press Freedom

U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.



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Immigration Compliance Alert: Use Caution When Terminating H-1B Employees

An employer planning to terminate an employee on H-1B visa status needs to ensure that the termination is undertaken in compliance with not only the employment contract and applicable state and federal law, but also in compliance with Federal regulations unique to H-1B employees.



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Obama to tap rabbi as religious freedom ambassador

Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job.



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Soulard business owner calls Bitcoin 'wave of the future': TechFlash 7 things

The White House Office of Science and Technology, through the Missouri Division of Workforce Development and U.S. Department of Labor, has awarded Kansas City a $500,000 grant to help train IT professionals.



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Potential whistleblowers less willing to contact the press thanks to NSA spying: report

U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.



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Dear Employers: We Have to Stop Sticking It to Pregnant Moms and Expectant Dads

Although I eagerly anticipate the arrival of a baby due to be born in the Nowak family within the next couple of weeks [ number 4...somebody help me! ], I assure you that my status as "expectant dad" is not clouding my objectivity regarding the rights of moms and dads in the workplace.



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Week in Review

Apple is making the news this week in connection with its recently issued 'iTime' patent for a new smartwatch device and as anticipation grows for the soon-to-be released iPhone 6. The news on Apple isn't only technology related though.



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Berkeley Heating and Cooling Delivers Excellent HVAC Service to Customers

An HVAC service company announces the availability of their services to customers living in Rochester New York and the surrounding area.



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ADA Anniversary

Dear Editor, Saturday, July 26 is an Independence Day celebration for more than 50 million American children and adults with disabilities.



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IRCA Does Not Preempt FEHA, But Limits Available Remedies

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. , the California Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act preempts the application of the antidiscrimination provisions of California's Fair Employment and Housing Act - which protect California workers "regardless of immigration status."



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Illinois Becomes The Fifth State To Enact So Called "Ban The...

This past Monday, July 21, 2014, Illinois joined Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island as the fifth State to enact a so called "ban the box" law.



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Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Special 'Presumption of Prudence' For Investment in Employer Stock

In the past, fiduciaries of employee stock ownership plans and other defined contribution plans that invest in employer stock generally have been able to rely on a special "presumption of prudence" in court when defending their decisions to continue to offer employer stock as an investment option, even when the investment has substantially declined ... (more)



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EEOC Addresses Interplay Between Pregnancy Discrimination Act and...

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination , as well as a set of Questions and Answers and a Fact Sheet related to that Guidance.



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U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of pre...

U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday.



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Judge Called on to Rule NSA Internet Backbone Spying Techniques Unconstitutional

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently presented a federal court with a detailed explanation of how the NSA taps into the Internet backbone and requested the judge rule that the agency is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and searching the collected data.



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Fire destroys Huon bodyworks

Firefighters were called to Jackmans Bodyworks on the Huon Highway at Grove about 7pm when smoke was seen billowing from the large shed.



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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Moves into Fiduciary Liability ...

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance today announced that it is entering the fiduciary liability market and named Rhonda Prussack as Vice President, Fiduciary Liability, to lead the effort.



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NY to change signs for disabled access

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York's signs showing access points for disabled individuals.



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OSHA schedules meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee Sept.



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