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Unemployment Benefits Extended in NC

An executive order was issued on Wednesday by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue that will extend long-term unemployment benefits to 25,000 jobless workers in the state. The federal government pushed back the deadline for extended unemployment be… Read More
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Recess Appointments Made to NLRB

President Obama this past week appointed three members to the National Labor Relations Board. They include Sharon Block, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs with the US Department of Labor; Terence Flynn,… Read More
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NLRB to Speed up Unionizing Elections

On December 21, The National Labor Relations Board voted 2-1 in favor of new steps to increase the speed of union elections. The Board hopes to keep election and campaign time to less than 21 days. Often, there are long delays to unionizing elections… Read More
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Congress Extends Unemployment Benefits for Two Months

Shortly before Christmas, House Republicans finally gave in and sensibly agreed to the two-month extension for extended unemployment benefits. When Congress returns after recess, debate will resume on whether to further continue the vitally needed un… Read More
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Republicans Still Blocking Extended Unemployment Benefits

The House and Senate still have not come to an agreement on extending unemployment benefits for jobless workers. The federal unemployment provisions for emergency and extended benefits are set to expire during the first week in January. The U.S. Labo… Read More
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North Carolina Judges Diaz and Eagles Confirmed to Join Federal Bench

Ending two ridiculously long waits, the Senate has finally confirmed Charlotte Judge Albert Diaz to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Greensboro Judge Catherine Eagles to the Middle District of North Carolina. Both will be excellent judges, and… Read More
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Unemployment Benefits Extended through 2011; More Help Needed

On Friday, President Obama signed the large tax cut bill that includes an extension of extended unemployment benefits through the end of 2011. While, the extension of those benefits was sorely needed, it is extremely unfortunate that the bill did not… Read More
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Advances on Protecting Whistle-blowing and Social Networking of Employees

Two recent positive developments to report. First, breaking new ground, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged a company with illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her Facebook page. The NLRB’s press… Read More
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EEOC Issues New GINA Regulations

On November 9, 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its final regulations implementing the employment-related provisions in Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Details on the new regul… Read More
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Congress Provides Funds to Save Teacher Jobs

Last week, the Senate finally passed the $26 billion package to aid states that are still reeling from the effects of the recession. The legislation provides $10 billion to retain teachers who might otherwise lose jobs to cutbacks, and an additional… Read More
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