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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Former 7-term state auditor Bob Graham dies at 93

Robert V. "Bob" Graham , a former seven-term Washington state auditor and Democrat, died Wednesday after a period of declining health.



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Rep. Thompson Announces Veteran Outreach Event in Erie

Informational seminar scheduled for May 13, 2014 with federal departments and agencies open to all military, veterans, and their families U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, PA-5, announced he will be holding an outreach event for veterans on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Erie, Pennsylvania.



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Region's job numbers can't keep pace with state's in March

Connecticut gained nearly 5,000 jobs in March, but the Norwich-New London area was not so fortunate, according to employment statistics released today by the state Department of Labor.



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Long Island job growth slows

Long Island is still generating jobs, just not as fast as the rest of the state or nation, according to the latest employment statistics.



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Jack Graham: Wrongfully Accused

Jack Graham testified before mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials last month at a specially-convened hearing allowing him to tell his side of the story that pushed him out of his job -- months after he was forced out Former Chief Administrative Officer Jack Graham last month was granted a name-clearing hearing to air the truth about what ... (more)



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Portico Wealth's Jonathan Leidy and Verisight's Jeff Hockenbrock to...

Experts from both Portico Wealth Advisors LLC, a leading Bay Area retirement plan consultancy firm, and Verisight, Inc, one of the country's preeminent retirement plan recordkeepers and administrators, have been tapped to speak at NCHRA's HR West 2014 regarding 5 key trends facing North Bay retirement plan sponsors and HR personnel today.



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Employers still ask applicants about criminal convictions, survey shows

Most employers continue to ask candidates to self-disclose past criminal convictions on job applications, even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends against it and there are state and municipal laws that outright ban the practice, a new survey says.



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Spring Consulting Granted Patent for Employee and Retiree Pension Funding Program

Spring Consulting Group announced today that they have been issued U.S. Patent No.



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Lighted handrail installation begins on Big Four Bridge

INDIANAPOLIS Crews with Hummel Electric have begun installation of lighted handrails for the Indiana approach ramp to the Big Four Bridge.



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Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Companies

In 2002, after corporate fraud at Enron led to the company's collapse, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act .



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Connecticut jobs increase as winter's freeze ends

However, the state has regained less than 55 percent of the jobs lost from March 2008 to February 2010 during the recession, economists said.



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Lawsuits to recover unpaid wages and damages for 89 workers at five hotels filed by US Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed two lawsuits in the federal district court in Columbus against Darpan Management Inc.; five hotels the company owns and manages; and its owners, Darshan Shah, Vibhakar Shah and Prakash Patel.



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Connecticut jobs increase as winter's freeze ends

However, the state has regained less than 55 percent of the jobs lost from March 2008 to February 2010 during the recession, economists said.



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RVCC to host information session for Automotive Entry Tech Program

Students interested in learning more about the Automotive Entry Tech Program at Raritan Valley Community College are invited to attend any of the upcoming Information Sessions.



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Lighted handrail installation begins on Big Four Bridge

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Utah Employment Law Letter: April 2014: Title VII: To protect and...

You may have heard the term "summary judgment." It means that if the facts of a case are so clear that only one outcome is possible at trial, a court will forgo a trial and decide the case.



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Oak Park board OKs several renovation projects

The board approved a bid for a gymnasium modernization and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at Oak Park High School.



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Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Against EEOC in Credit Check Suit

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Kaplan Higher Education Corp. , No.



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USDOL Guidance Released On 'Adult Foster Care', 'Shared Living Arrangements'

We reported earlier that the U.S. Labor Department has issued a Final Rule re-stating the requirements for and limitations upon the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13 "companionship exemption".



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LBJ Library hosts civil rights summit

President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin.



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Riviera Consulting Company to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee fired because of his vision impairment and to implement new policies and training to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , the agency announced today.



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President Obama Directs USDOL To Revamp FLSA Overtime Exemptions So...

The FLSA requires employers to pay overtime to employees who work over forty hours in a workweek.



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OIG Report Praises SEC Whistleblower Program

The internal watchdog for federal government agencies, including the SEC, is the Office of the Inspector General , which conducts audits and investigations of the SEC to "promote integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the Commission's programs and operations."



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National Safety Council Releases 2014 U.S. Injury and Fatality Statistics

The National Safety Council has been in operation since 1913. The mission has always been the same: to work with businesses, the public, and government to help prevent deaths and injuries in the workplace, on the road, and within the community by providing research and educational materials on preventable accidents.



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FINRA'S Reminder About Rollovers: News To Many

A number of government and regulatory agencies-the Government Accountability Office , the Department of Labor and, most recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission , and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority -have focused on the practices surrounding 401 rollovers to IRAs.



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EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits.



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Joblessness not due to skills gap, experts say

Community College of Allegheny County's North Fayette campus has classrooms filled with the gear and gadgets that are commonly seen in advanced manufacturing.



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Connecticut jobs increase as winter's freeze ends

Connecticut added 4,900 jobs in March, helping to restore jobs lost in January because of extreme weather, state labor officials said Thursday.



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Not Even a Clinton Compromise Can Persuade Strident Voter ID Critics

And why, for that matter, is civil rights hero Andrew Young apparently willing to discourage minority, elderly and student from going to the polls? But both of these popular liberal icons are effectively putting their political legacies on the line by endorsing a plan that seeks to work with existing voter ID laws.



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The EEOC Loses Background Check Battle In The 6th Circuit

The Sixth Circuit issued a much anticipated ruling on April 9, 2014 related to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's systemic targeting of employer background check policies.



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Real estate transactions protected from discrimination

Answer: April is Fair Housing month and presents an opportunity to promote awareness about the federal and state consumer protections that gives individuals and families the freedom to live where they want.



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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.



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Protesters to Oppose Condoleezza Rice's Speech at U of M

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be on the University of Minnesota campus Thursday to speak at the newly-remodeled Northrop Auditorium, and students, staff, faculty and community members are planning to protest ahead of the speech.



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These 3 Tech Stocks are Plunging

Jobless claims come in below expectations Initial jobless claims, a indicator of the strength of the U.S. labor market and the economy as a whole, came in better than expected on Thursday.



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Jobs Express lists 88,000 available positions

The website sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, while also allowing users to search jobs based on zip code.



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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. job fair comes to Albany

"State-sponsored jobs fairs bring together qualified jobseekers and ready-to-hire businesses in local communities across the state.



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Connecticut jobs increase as winter's freeze ends

Connecticut labor officials say the state added 4,900 jobs in March, helping to restore the jobs lost in January due to extreme weather.



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Transitioning Soldiers and Veterans Employment Summit and Career Forum

If you are a Soldier or Family member about to transition from Army-life to civilian life within the next 12 months ... Listen Up! Fort Campbell is working with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership and U.S. Chamber of ... (more)



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Woman claims ex-cop boss raped her 18 times in a torture chambera

A 47-year-old social worker was allegedly raped 18 times in a "veritable torture chamber" at the Highbridge Woodycrest Center.



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Transitioning Soldiers and Veterans Employment Summit and Career Forum

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- If you are a Soldier or Family member about to transition from Army-life to civilian life within the next 12 months ... Listen Up! Fort Campbell is working with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership and ... (more)



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The Appropriate Way to Say No at Work

It can be very difficult to say no to your boss or a coworker at work. However, occasionally you will have to say no, so learning how to say it will definitely help you.



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City to vote on Community Center Theater renovation

The city will vote on what repairs and renovations should be done to the Community Center Theater to update it and bring it up to code with the American with Disabilities Act.



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State's Job Growth Strong In March

Connecticut's employers added 4,900 jobs in March, with restaurants, hotels, and retail jobs accounting for much of the gains.



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Court Nixes Class of 30,000 Costco Workers In California Challenging Lockdown Policy

April 16 --A federal judge in California April 15 decertified a statewide class of approximately 30,000 hourly Costco Wholesale Corp. employees who alleged the company violated California law by requiring them to remain inside warehouses at the end of their closing shifts without pay until supervisors completed lockdown procedures.



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Faculty group sheds new light on CU-Boulder's suspension, banishment of Dan Kaufman

A statement released today by the state and local chapters of the American Association of University Professors criticizing the University of Colorado over its handling of issues in the philosophy department also sheds new light on the suspension and banishment from campus of associate professor Dan Kaufman.



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Mass. Adds 8,100 Jobs In March; Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.3 Percent

The Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday that preliminary federal estimates show Massachusetts gained 8,100 jobs in March and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, from 6.5 percent the previous month.



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Kentucky's unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in March 2014

Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent in March 2014 from a revised 7.8 percent in February 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training , an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.



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Cozy Theater among buildings considered for demolition

One of the buildings in Pine River recently considered for destruction, known as the Eastern Star building, was once a source of news and entertainment for the city.



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Spring Consulting Granted Patent for Employee and Retiree Pension Funding Program

Spring Consulting Group announced today that they have been issued U.S. Patent No.



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the Hub: Free summer classes open to area businesses at CCV

The Community College of Vermont is offering several 3-credit, undergraduate courses at select center locations this summer to businesses at no-cost.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet Illinois' Newest Power Couple: NLRB Region 13 And Illinois DOL ...

The past few weeks have brought potentially important developments for employers at both the local and national level.



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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Visits Reading Area Community...

The visit included a student-led tour of RACC's Schmidt Training and Technology Center pneumatics lab and a panel discussion on workforce development featuring local employers, educators and government officials.



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Historic sex abuse allegations will be subject to stricter tests

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said police and prosecutors will apply more rigorous tests, after a string of celebrities who faced historic allegations have been cleared Historic sex abuse allegations will be subject to stricter tests before prosecutions, the country's most senior police officer has said.



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Service dog exemption to Yakima pit bull ban

The Yakima City Council has approved an exemption to a ban on pit bull dogs in the city.



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Senator Manchin Defends Law Firm Accused of Concealing Black Lung Medical Evidence

Only one day after the Center for Public Integrity's reporting series on denials of black lung benefits to coal miners was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Senator Joe Manchin defended the controversial law firm at the center of the investigation.



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Court expands legal rights for injured workers

The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.



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Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical.



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a oeSave GrafTecha Sends Letter to GrafTech International Shareholders

The letter urges shareholders to support Save GrafTech's nominees, who have the skills and experience to fix GrafTech's problems, and reject GrafTech's long-serving incumbent directors: Mary Cranston , Ferrell McClean and Steven Shawley .



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Mi Pueblo to emerge to bankruptcy after replacing 80 percent of workers; no stores to close

The reorganization plan also discloses for the first time that the company replaced 80 percent of its workforce, which was the subject of a 2012 federal immigration audit.



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Senate Democrats seek minimum wage boost to $10.10, but some workers would still be exempted

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.



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"Save GrafTech" Sends Letter to GrafTech International Shareholders

Save GrafTech, an investor group led by Nathan Milikowsky, a holder of over 15 million shares of GrafTech International Ltd., or over 11.2% of the common stock, announced today that it sent a letter to GrafTech's shareholders outlining the experience and qualifications of Save GrafTech's three highly qualified, independent director nominees: Karen ... (more)



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Academic Study Rips Into Excessive 401(k) Fees

A new academic study reviewing the performance of 401 plans argues that millions of workers have been ripped off by excessive fees charged by plan sponsors and advisors to defined contribution plans.



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Lawyer dismissed for not wearing pants in courtroom

James Lee Bright is a lawyer based in Dallas, Texas. The criminal law attorney says that Judge Etta Mullin discriminated against him because he wasn't wearing pants in her courtroom and that she's punishing his client for it.



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War on Women: Hypocrisy and Paternalism under the Guise of Equality

With more than a dozen smiling women looking over his shoulder in the East Room of the White House, President Obama signed a proclamation in support of National Equal Pay Day on April 8. The president said he was working to prevent workplace discrimination and helping workers take control over negotiations regarding their pay.



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President, VP Announce Federal Job Training Investments

Keeping with the theme of strengthening the middle class while the economy slowly improves, President Barack Obama has been consistent in promoting the necessity for job training for burgeoning industries.



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U.S. labor secretary to speak at UB School of Public Health and...

"Poverty undermines public health. Because of his understanding of labor, Secretary Perez knows that it is fundamental to public health that we have an economy that helps to provide meaningful jobs."



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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour.



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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.



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LI restaurants ordered to pay $1.7M for wage violations

Seven Long Island restaurants have been ordered to pay more than $1.69 million in back wages and damages to 363 low-wage servers and kitchen workers.



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Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

This July 24, 1933 file photo shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealing to the nation via radio for immediate enrollment of all employers under the blanket agreement to raise wages and create jobs, in Washington.



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Maine's Job Bank Surpasses 7,500 Real, Local Jobs - 4/16/2014

Maine's Job Bank, at http://ift.tt/1e8ywTk, continues to increase its number of job listings with more than 7,500 available for applicants.



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Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.



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Senate Democrats seek minimum wage boost to $10.10, but some workers would still be exempted

This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and others, urging approval for raising the minimum wage, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.



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Iowa workforce chief gave judge positive reviews

Documents show Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert approved positive performance evaluations for the agency's former top unemployment appeals judge, whom she publicly disparaged earlier this month.



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Policies

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May programs at Rockland CareerCenter

The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.



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Unpaid interns in NYC get a few rights. Up next: a salary?

How much is justice worth? Unpaid interns planning to work in New York City this summer may want to crunch the numbers.



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PSA Financial and Armada Employer Services Announce Merger

Through this marriage and ongoing partnership with Armada, we are excited to be able to provide a broader array of services and support for our clients, specifically in the areas of HR services and technlogy solutions.



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CriminalBackgroundRecords.com Highly Recommends Companies Work With...

In light of recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Federal Trade Commission joint guidance on background checks Adam Almeida, President and CEO of CriminalBackgroundRecords.com, highly recommends all businesses work with third-party background screening companies to stay compliant.



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Iowa Workforce Chief Gave Judge Positive Reviews

Documents show Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert approved positive performance evaluations for the agency's former top unemployment appeals judge, whom she publicly disparaged earlier this month.



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Pulitzer Prizes and public health [The Pump Handle]

The list of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners announced earlier this week includes several journalists whose award-winning work addresses public health issues.



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Court expands legal rights for injured workers

The Missouri Supreme Court overturned 30 years of precedent with a ruling Tuesday that gives greater legal protections to injured workers who subsequently are fired from their jobs.



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State moves Tennessee Career Center to East Memphis

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is moving its Tennessee Career Center from 1295 Poplar Ave. in the Midtown Medical District to 3040 Walnut Grove Road near the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.



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Yakima Approves Exemption to Pit Bull Ban

The Yakima City Council approves an exemption to a ban on pit bull dogs in the city.



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Schwab Bank Cuts Expense Ratios in Target Date Collective Trust Funds for Large Retirement Plans

To meet increasing demand for target date funds in large retirement plans, Charles Schwab Bank is introducing a new unit class for its Schwab Managed Retirement Trust Fundsa with a lower 0.35 percent operating expense ratio.



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Laying out options for a Community Center Theater remodel

An open house meeting Wednesday in the Community Center Theater will cover the three options, costs and estimated timing of the renovation of the venue that has not been renovated since it opened 40 years ago.



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Schwab Bank Cuts Expense Ratios in Target Date Collective Trust Funds for Large Retirement Plans

To meet increasing demand for target date funds in large retirement plans, Charles Schwab Bank is introducing a new unit class for its Schwab Managed Retirement Trust Fundsa with a lower 0.35 percent operating expense ratio.



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DOL Announces TAACCCT and Apprenticeship Grants

President Obama and Vice President Biden today announced, during a visit to the Community College of Allegheny County , that the U.S. Department of Labor has released the fourth, and final, Solicitation for Grant Applications for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program.



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Albany Molecular to close research center, cut 45 jobs, in Cicero

The company, which provides research and manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, said in a notice to the state Department of Labor that it will shut it Syracuse Research Center at 7001 Performance Drive on July 15. Company officials did not immediately return phone calls from syracuse.com seeking comment today.



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Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor...

Before the deadline for committee action, the General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee voted favorably on a plethora of bills and advanced them out of committee.



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Hagens Berman Alerts Investors of June 10, 2014 Lead Plaintiff...

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP an investor-rights law firm has opened a securities investigation against Imperva, Inc. following allegations that the company artificially inflated its stock prices, and alerts investors of the June 10, 2014 deadline to file for lead plaintiff in a securities fraud case against the company.



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April 15, 2014 Sebelius quits: How do you spell 'scapegoat'?

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical.



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City of Ottumwa working to make sidewalks more handicap accessible

At Tuesday's Ottumwa City Council meeting, council members will be looking make new revisions to a currently $1.2 million dollar project.



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Myth: America Had A Free-Market Health Care System Prior To ObamaCare

It appears that the second greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing lots of Americans that they had a free-market health care system prior to ObamaCare.



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PSD settlement terms revealed

The lawsuit Pacifica School District employee Joseph McCarthy filed against his employer settled last month, the day before a jury trial was set to begin.



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Michigan Civil Rights Group Offers First-Ever Anti-Discrimination App: Download It

Did you witness a discriminatory act? There's an app for that - likely the first of its kind anywhere, the Dearborn-based American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan says.



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Fact Sheet - American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

To create new opportunities for all hard-working Americans to get ahead, the President has asked the Vice President to lead an initiative to help individuals get trained with skills businesses need now and then placed in good, middle class jobs.



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Starr Companies Receives Listing as an Approved Surety from U.S....

Starr Companies has announced that it has received approval from the United States Department of Treasury listing Starr Indemnity & Liability Company as an Approved Surety.



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Firefighters Stand Against Cancer

The sound of an old fashion dial phone fills the kitchen at the local Mission neighborhood fire station.



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Badger Meter donates $40,000 toward Brown Deer riverfront park

With a little help from a hometown business, Brown Deer will soon have a riverfront park and boat launch on the Milwaukee River, the only one of its kind in the northern stretch of Milwaukee County.



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hamtramck official amends lawsuit against other officials to include ethnic slur allegations

The director of Hamtramck's public works department claims not only did city officials try to frame him for a crime, they also violated his civil rights.



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FBI agents storm out from Senate hearing to avoid testifying on Insider Threat program

From the floor of Congress last Thursday, US Senator Chuck Grassley acknowledged that the interagency Insider Threat Task Force established in 2012 " for deterring, detecting and mitigating" future potential risks " was intended to train federal employees to watch out for insider threats among their colleagues ."



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How Many Jobs Does Fracking Really Create?

That's the linchpin of the oil and gas industry argument for permitting the controversial drilling practice.



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Woman Demands Property Management Provides More Handicapped Parking

Americans are living longer. People getting up in age are working, using computers and driving.



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May Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009 WILTON-For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in May. "Our unemployment rate is falling and our ... (more)



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North Olmsted expects to receive state funding toward middle school replacement

The state likely will pay part of the cost for a new North Olmsted middle school.



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Beltline officials: construction of Eastside Trail extension through Reynoldstown could start in July

Ever since Atlanta Beltline officials announced that the Eastside Trail's expansion would be postponed until one of the city's most dilapidated bridges was rebuilt, residents of Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown residents have patiently waited for construction crews to start work on the segment.



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Disabled disenfranchised in recent election

Let me make it clear from the outset that I voted for the Cape Henlopen referendum to build a new school.



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Finance Industry Study Argues to Let It Keep Giving Advice As Is

The regulation would affect employees who cash out of their retirement accounts when they leave their jobs, keeping them from getting financial advice from investment professionals that work for firms selling retirement products such as individual retirement accounts.



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Hunterdon County Polytech hosts apprenticeship information session

Hunterdon County Polytech hosted an Information Session on April 2 for their Automotive and Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Programs.



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Redefined Livinga is awarded Small Business of the Year 2014

Apr. 15, 2014 - CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Clearwater-based moving and move management company Redefined Livinga was named Small Business of the Year 2014 by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce on February 3rd.



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ADA: An Inadvertent Leave Law?

While the Family and Medical Leave Act is a leave law, the Americans with Disabilities Act is an "inadvertent leave law," the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum said recently.



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Cal Thomas | Kathleen Sebelius, scapegoat

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical.



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Financial troubles for Leo Glodzik III continue to mount. A $8,380 judgment was levied against one of his companies Tuesday morning in Luzerne County Court related to a lien filed Monday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.



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Rob Horowitz: The Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later

Last week President Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton came together at a Civil Rights Summit held at the LBJ library to mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and to celebrate the man who was instrumental in bringing it about.



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OSHA schedules informal hearing on proposed extension of crane operator certification deadline

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss OSHA's proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement and the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure that their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.



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City of Ottumwa working to make sidewalks more handicap accessible

At Tuesday's Ottumwa City Council meeting, council members will be looking make new revisions to a currently $1.2 million dollar project.



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What Does the ICD-10 Delay Mean for ASCs?

At the beginning of April, President Barack Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.



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10 Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry

Here are 10 leaders to know in the ambulatory surgery center industry. To recommend an ASC leader for future lists, please contact Carrie Pallardy at This email address is being protected from spambots.



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The Economic Importance of Women's Rising Hours of Work: Time to Update Employment Standards

This paper was presented at the 75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act Conference at the Department of Labor on November 15, 2013.



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Development, safety initiatives good signs for city

Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler gave a progress report on the upcoming construction of a new Giant Eagle grocery store and the relocation of City Hall during the 2014 State of the Community event, held April 10 at the Columbus School for Girls.



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Proove Biosciences Receives First Place in the American Society of...

Proove is the only company presenting data on how genetic tests can improve the efficiency of pain medication and treatment - Brian Meshkin, CEO, Proove Biosciences Proove Biosciences , the leader in Personalized Pain Medicine testing services, exhibited and presented three abstracts last week at the American Society of Interventional Pain ... (more)



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Cal Thomas: Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical.



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Report: Steps needed to prevent future shortage of healthcare professionals in Maine

A Department of Labor's Center for Workforce Research and Information report suggests boosting state medical school enrollment and recruiting more health-care workers from outside Maine.



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UPDATE 1-N.Y. Attorney General probing Herbalife - report

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd over claims it is a pyramid scheme, the New York Post reported late Monday.



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Hud and City of Dubuque, Iowa Settle Allegationsof Discrimination Against African Americans

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today an agreement with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, settling allegations that the City discriminated against African Americans in the administration of its Housing Choice Voucher Program.



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Anti-Terror Chief To Probe 'Muslim School Plot'

A former anti-terror chief has been appointed to investigate allegations of a hardline Islamist takeover plot of Birmingham schools, sparking criticism it would send the wrong message.



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Fury at school 'anti-terror' probe

Michael Gove is under fire for his decision to appoint a former anti-terror chief to investigate allegations of a hardline Islamist takeover plot at a number of Birmingham schools.



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Lewiston's public swimming pools can't open until required work is done

With the hot days of summer fast approaching, the city of Lewiston has to move quickly to get their pools compliant with state standards.



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Patrick DeBlasio Named Managing Shareholder For Littler In Miami

Patrick DeBlasio III has been named managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Miami office, succeeding Scott Forman, who will remain on the firm's board of directors.



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The Proposed 2015 Budget, by Department

Town Manager Thomas E. Coyle III's proposed fiscal 2015 budget is out and we've broken out each major budget area for easy review.



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RELEASE: The Past 3 Decades of Women's Rising Hours of Work Added $1.7 Trillion to GDP in 2012

A new report released today by the Center for American Progress and the Center for Economic and Policy Research puts a dollar value on the economic importance of women's rising work hours since 1979.



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The Economic Importance of Women's Rising Hours of Work

This paper was presented at the 75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act Conference at the Department of Labor on November 15, 2013.



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Statistical Frauds

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



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President Obama Wields His Executive Power Once Again to Target Federal Contractors on Pay Issues

On April 8, 2014, President Obama took two significant actions in the employee pay arena.



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Charlie Mitchell: File 'Restoration Act' under 'constituent service'

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses - those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.



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N.Y. Attorney General probing Herbalife: report

A spokesman for Herbalife declined to comment directly on the Post's report but said in an e-mailed statement that "Herbalife takes its disclosure responsibilities seriously."



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A. Philip Randolph Was Right: 'We Will Need To Continue Demonstrations"

"Legislation is enacted under pressure," argued the labor leader and civil rights pioneer who had first called for a March on Washington in 1941, when he was advocating for the integration of defense industries.



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Chelsea Manning to Take a More Active Role in Her Case During Appeal

During her trial, the only time the public heard from Chelsea Manning was when she made statements in court.



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This Is How We Win In 2014: GOP Congressman Believes Civil Rights Act Is Unconstitutional

At a town hall meeting recently, while Presidents and Pundits alike were praising the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an African American constituent, Melvin Flournoy, asked Yoho if he thought the Civil Rights Act was Constitutional.



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Herbalife Falls On Talk Of NY Pyramid Scheme Probe

Shares of Herbalife were falling more than 4% in morning trading, after news late Monday that the New York attorney general is investigating the company.



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City Seeks Nominations for Pedestrian, Bicycle Advisory Committee

Got something to say about Alexandria's pedestrian and bicycle needs? The City of Alexandria is seeking nominations for the Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee.



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Tuesday job fairs in the Treasure Valley

Dozens of companies will be on hand for the Idaho Job and Career Fair at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center near the Airport.



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UPDATE 1-N.Y. Attorney General probing Herbalife - report

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd over claims it is a pyramid scheme, the New York Post reported late Monday.



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EDITORIAL: Payroll equity vs. private enterprise

Let's put the debate about pay equity in perspective: It was in 1837 - 177 years ago - that a young woman in upstate New York named Susan B. Anthony made a public appeal for equal pay for women teachers.



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N.Y Attorney General opens Herbalife probe--report

The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said at least two whistleblowers have already provided sworn testimony to Schneiderman's investigative team.



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N.Y. Attorney General probing Herbalife: report

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd over claims it is a pyramid scheme, the New York Post reported late Monday.



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N.Y. Attorney General probing Herbalife - report

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd over claims it is a pyramid scheme, the New York Post reported late Monday.



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Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical.



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Brazile: 'We've got a debt to pay'

President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes hands with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

OSHA probe of death of two utility workers may take months

It could be weeks or months before federal workplace safety investigators release their findings on the death of two utility workers killed Saturday when a truck tipped on its end, causing the aerial lift they were in to crash to the ground off the Scenic Highway.



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Resource Management Inc Joins Top Tier PEOs with Certification in Worker's Compensation

Resource Management Inc joins the top 5% of PEO providers by obtaining CI certification in Worker's Compensation Risk management.



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Does Your Community Put Out the Welcome Mat? April is Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act was passed on April 11, 1968 and since that time April has been celebrated as Fair Housing Month.



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Case in point: How to sue the government and win

Annette Idalski of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams and Aughtry, was the lead attorney on Gate Guard Services v.



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Cancer center agrees to $2.9M settlement in whistleblower case

Hope Cancer Institute Inc. and owner Dr. Raj Sadasivan have agreed to pay $2.9 million to the U.S. government to settle claims that the organization defrauded federal health care programs.



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FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How...

Meanwhile, the FBI fiercely resists any efforts at Congressional oversight, especially on whistleblower matters.



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Cancer center agrees to $2.9M settlement in whistleblower case

Hope Cancer Institute Inc. and owner Dr. Raj Sadasivan have agreed to pay $2.9 million to the U.S. government to settle claims that the organization defrauded federal health care programs.



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'Muslim Plot' To Take Over Schools Investigated

Over 200 complaints - including claims of segregation and bullying of non-Muslim staff - are made after a letter alleges a plot.



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How bosses and workers see the federal workplace

The question of whether employees' workloads are reasonable was one of only two in the survey where workers' views were more positive than managers' .



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Truck accessory utility vehicles utility equipment SpitzLift

Utility equipment: At the request of customer pilot programs, SpitzLift announced that they have made a few upgrades to their aluminum lightweight portable crane .



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Judge Certifies Class of 'Writers' Seeking OT

Employees of a Rochester communications company who were designated "writers" but denied they performed the sort of creative work that would exempt them from overtime have persuaded a Western District judge to certify a class action against their employer.



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About Town | 4-14-14

Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the ADRC Training Room, 1055 Kinoole St., Hilo.



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Dialogue good step toward equal pay

In 1979, women made 62 percent of the average salary that men did, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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Employers Need to Review Severance Agreements

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



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Calais Area Job Fair at CareerCenter

The fair is sponsored by the Calais CareerCenter, the Maine Department of Labor and Northern Maine Development Corporation.



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Politicians for state and national office tour Slack Chemical in Carthage

Matthew A. Doheny, Rob Astorino and Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, Republican candidates for U.S. Congress, New York Governor and New York Assembly, respectively, visited Slack Chemical Co., 465 South Clinton St., where they toured the facilities and discussed regulatory overhaul with owner Robert R. Sturtz.



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Gas Industry Supports Fewer Jobs Than Pennsylvania Governor Claims, Report Says

Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address for the 2014-15 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Black Women in the Last 50 Years: How Far Have We Progressed?

When it comes to the economic standing of black women, they have the highest labor force participation rates among all women and are starting their own businesses at six times the national average rate.



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PennDOT Schedules Meeting on Crawford County Intersection Improvements

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation invites the public to an open-house meeting and plans display concerning proposed intersection improvements in three Crawford County communities.



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April 21 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania Primary

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday, April 21, is the last day to register to vote Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday, April 21, is the last day to register to vote for the May 20 primary election.



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Ohio company cited in January industrial fire at Knouse Foods

An Ohio company responsible for a January industrial fire in Hamiltonban Township was cited by the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Kevin Kilp, OSHA's Harrisburg area director.



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Agribusiness management degree now available through Penn State Online

The nation's increasing focus on local and regional food systems, renewable energies and maintaining natural resources is leading to double-digit job growth in these occupation sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.



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New Guidance - Is that Rollover Contribution Valid?

Since 1992, the ability to move retirement money from one qualified plan to another qualified plan or individual retirement account has been simplified.



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April 21 is deadline to register to vote for May 20 primary

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



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Calais Area Job Fair April 17

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2014 Contact: Nicole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 454-7551; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009 CALAIS-The 2014 Calais Area Job Fair will be held on April 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Community College Gymnasium.



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Opinion: 'We've got a debt to pay': Voices from the battlefield

President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes hands with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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Employers still ask applicants about criminal convictions, survey shows

Most employers continue to ask candidates to self-disclose past criminal convictions on job applications, even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends against it and there are state and municipal laws that outright ban the practice, a new survey says.



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The Paycheck Fairness Act is the Wrong Solution

On April 9 , the United States Senate failed to move forward The Paycheck Fairness Act for a third time.



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Davis-Bacon: The Price-Fixing Conspiracy That The Feds Mandate

Lately, labor law issues have been much in the news, including the vote against the UAW at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, and the ruling that college football players are free to unionize.



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Center for Workforce Research and Information Publishes Healthcare Workforce Report - 4/14/2014

The Center for Workforce Research and Information of the Maine Department of Labor has published its "2014 Health Occupations Report."



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Where is the Internet?

Is the Internet a place? Apparently, no one's entirely sure, but one federal appeals court has asked the California Supreme Court to figure it out in the context of a lawsuit that is pending against Cable News Network.



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Ohio company cited in January industrial fire at Knouse Foods

An Ohio company responsible for a January industrial fire in Hamiltonban Township was cited by the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Kevin Kilp, OSHA's Harrisburg area director.



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The Daniel Ruth Show: Civil Rights, Florida Legislature and more

The show started with a discussion about the situation at the Bundy ranch. Then a look back at the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



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OSHA penalizes company for Knouse fire

An Ohio company responsible for a January industrial fire in Hamiltonban Township was cited by the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to Kevin Kilp, OSHA's Harrisburg area director.



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Charlie Mitchell: The law as a pacifier

Section 1 of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week, is to calm the masses -- those who believe the gay agenda in America needs to be sent a message.



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19. Why you might want to look at what's going on with Federal contractors

Do you work for a recruiting agency? Do you work for a commercial company that does not work with the Federal Government? Do you think you have nothing to worry about with the new regulations being signed in to law? OFCCP and 503c does not concern me? You might want to rethink that.



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02-2014 From the Editor

Chances are no one reading Metal Center News is working for minimum wage. Chances are Metal Center News readers--owners and operators of metals service centers--pay very few employees minimum wage.



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Ari KarenLenders Get a Break on Background Checks

Learn about this year's finalists and see who won the 2013 MT Award. 2013 MT Awards: 10X Award The 10X Award honors a company, product or technology that's had an exponential impact on mortgage finance.



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Chelsea Manning's New Lawyers Will Challenge "Frightening" Espionage Act Charges on Appeal

At an event at Georgetown Law Center last night, Chelsea Manning's new lawyers provided a preview of what they expect to happen during the appeals process in her military case.



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The price of equal work, unequal pay

"It's not that I don't want to have children, it's that I'm afraid that I'll never be able to afford them," said a friend of mine a few days ago in a conversation in our Women's and Gender Studies seminar on Mothers and Daughters .



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The Employment Law GroupA Law Firm Helps Two Whistleblowers to Win...

Ms. Angel and Ms. Natal will share a combined 16 percent of the government settlement for their role in the case.



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Big Apple Women Push to Get Out of the Red

In an Equal Pay Day gathering at New York's City Hall on April 8 speakers proposed a variety of ways to close the gender pay gap.



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President Obama Signs Two Executive Actions Strengthening Equal Pay Laws

On April 8, President Obama signed two executive actions designed to strengthen equal pay laws and narrow pay disparities based on gender or race.



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Federal Contractors Face More Regulations on Pay Practices

President Obama signed an executive order on April 8, 2014 barring federal contractors and subcontractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other.



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City of Miami To Spend Thousands Upgrading Trolleys That Don't Serve the Visually Impaired

When the City of Miami unveiled its highly anticipated trolley system two years ago this month, city officials were clearly satisfied with themselves.



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How Bad is The 401(k) Excessive Fee Problem?

Note: This is the second in a series of posts about the problem of excess fees charged to defined contribution retirement plans.



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'Muslim Plot' To Take Over Schools Investigated

Twenty-five schools are being investigated in connection with an alleged plot by conservative Muslims to force out headteachers and governors.



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'Muslim Plot' To Take Over Schools Investigated

Twenty-five schools are being investigated in connection with an alleged plot by conservative Muslims to force out headteachers and governors.



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Now probe into 'Trojan horse' plot expands to 25 schools claimed to ...

Almost bowled over! Kate narrowly avoids getting hit in the head by a ball as she plays cricket in heels against William Mother noticeably gained weight over the years but NO ONE thought she was pregnant: Horror after remains of seven babies are found in boxes in Utah family's home Reading, writing and sexual trysts: More than 100 New York City ... (more)



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Anonymous isn't synonymous with ominous

Just because a site or app lets you post anonymously doesn't mean it's dangerous.



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Florida Supreme Court Ponders This: Is Judgment Enforceable After Worker's Comp Settlement

The family of a man killed on the job wants the Florida Supreme Court to enforce a judgment that the insurance industry argues would gut the state's worker's compensation law.



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Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Noonan, PICS Case No. 14-0467 (Pa....

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court accepted respondent's resignation from the bar where he acknowledged the truth of material facts set forth in the petition for discipline, including drug-related criminal activity and a violation of his duty to protect the subrogation rights of an insurance carrier.



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Beacon Pilates: Tougher standards benefit clients

Juliet Harvey's standards are high. Not because quality service gives her business, Beacon Pilates in Beacon, a competitive advantage or improves her studio's cash flow.



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Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Arm candy

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



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Eight ways to future-proof your house for retirement

As stairs grew more difficult, he and his wife Jo, 55, considered selling their two-story Sparks house built in 1922.



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'Muslim schools plot' probe widens

The number of schools being investigated in an alleged hardline Muslim plot to force out governors and headteachers has now broadened to 25. Birmingham City Council said it was appointing a new chief advisor to directly handle at least 200 complaints received in relation to the Operation Trojan Horse allegations focusing on schools in the city, as ... (more)



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Judge recommends dismissing government lawsuit accusing Infirmary Health of fraud

MOBILE, Alabama - A federal judge has recommended throwing out a whistle-blower lawsuit against Infirmary Health Inc. and Infirmary Medical Clinics, a corporate entity that the nonprofit set up in the 1980s to acquire physician practices.



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'Muslim schools plot' probe widens

The number of schools being investigated in an alleged hardline Muslim plot to force out governors and headteachers has now broadened to 25. Birmingham City Council said it was appointing a new chief advisor to directly handle at least 200 complaints received in relation to the Operation Trojan Horse allegations focusing on schools in the city, as ... (more)



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The Most Influential Essay You’ve Never Heard Of

The facts - or at least my recollection of the facts - changed and I had to change with them.



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Court Upholds Ruling Against SeaWorld Over Trainer Safety

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a federal occupational safety agency's finding against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc following the workplace death of one of its killer whale trainers.



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Curb the Growing Cases of Food Fraud with a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Food Fraud puts whole industries, brands, and public health at risk, and these risks increases because of a general lack of awareness and understanding.



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Pilots: United Didn't Even Try to Follow Law

United Airlines fired three senior pilots in a undisguised effort to eliminate pilots 65 and older, without "even bother[ing]" to give a nondiscriminatory reason for their terminations, the three men claim in court.



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Webpage focuses on Mainers with disabilities

The webpage on the Center for Workforce Research and Information site displays data such as the age, education, gender and statewide distribution of Mainers with impairments.



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Commentary: Pay equity is a tough sell to voters

In his never-subtle way, Carter said he is disappointed with what President Obama has done to equalize pay in the work force, where women still lag, earning 77 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau.



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Gosey v. Aurora Medical Center

Before WOOD, Chief Judge, and SYKES and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges. Tina Carnell Gosey, Kenosha, WI, pro se.



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Pay equity is a tough skill

In his never-subtle way, Carter said he is disappointed with what President Obama has done to equalize pay in the work force, where women still lag, earning 77 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau.



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New laws for old-age homes

There is a lot of abuse of the elderly in old age homes, including administering insulin with sewing needles and leaving paralysed residents lying in urine for days.



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New Guidance - Is that Rollover Contribution Valid?

Since 1992, the ability to move retirement money from one qualified plan to another qualified plan or individual retirement account has been simplified.



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Agribusiness Management Degree is Now Available Through Penn State Online

Adults working in the agricultural and food system who have some college but no degree now have a convenient way to advance their career with Penn State's agribusiness management bachelor's degree, delivered online by Penn State World Campus.



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