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December 5, 2012
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  • Government collects almost $5B under False Claims Act this year
    The U.S. government says it has recovered almost $5 billion through settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act this year. The government brought in $3.2 billion under the act last year, which was a record at the time. "The False Claims Act is, quite simply, the most powerful tool that we have to deter and redress fraud," said Tony West, the acting associate attorney general. The Blog of Legal Times (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative Dispatch 
  Employment Focus 
  • CBO looks at costs of federal domestic-partner benefits
    The proposed federal Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act would give benefits to partners of gay and lesbian federal employees and cost about $144 million over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office says. The bill has not been voted on by the full Senate or House. Workforce online (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Judge agrees with UBS in dispute over arbitration
    A district judge has determined that employees suing UBS for overtime pay should go to arbitration, as requested by the company. Plaintiffs in the case contend that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's rules prevent class-action claims from being arbitrated, but the judge found that "there is nothing within the FINRA rules which would preclude enforcement of the arbitration agreements between the parties." Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • How to escape bad networking connections
    To make a graceful exit from an awkward networking situation, try introducing the person to someone else or simply say you're very busy and will have to decline future invitations until your schedule clears up, experts say. You also can state you "appreciate them reaching out" but you don't think your "skill set/area of expertise, etc., would be of benefit to them," says Meghan Ely, owner of OFD Consulting. AOL Jobs/CareerBuilder (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • U.S. Corporate Governance Policies Updates from ISS
    Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the prominent corporate governance advisory services firm, will be updating its U.S. corporate governance policies for 2013 in the next few weeks. The One-Hour Audio Briefing Understanding ISS' 2013 Governance and Executive Pay Policies, today at PLI Online, will provide a discussion of the latest ISS policies, how companies can get ready for them, and the potential implications for next year's say-on-pay votes. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Practical, Plain-English Roadmap to Bringing an IPO to Market
    The new second edition of Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public provides battle-tested, real-world advice on how to create a winning IPO and is packed with best practices, planning tips, checklists and sample documents. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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