Labor & Employment Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in December, 2011

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Labor complaint filed against city
Lincoln News MessengerDecember 1, 2011

The California Public Employment Relations Board has filed a complaint in favor of Lincoln's public-services employees regarding an unfair labor practice charge. On Oct. 4, Local 39 filed an unfair labor ...more »

Lawmaker wants fishermen's oil spill claims mediated
Tri Parish TimesDecember 1, 2011

And while the industry struggles to recoup damages, creditors and bill collectors are staying in touch with the fishermen and descending upon financed assets. Harrison called this the “misery factor.” “(Attorneys) need to give (claimants) that ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Final Thoughts Cont.
The AtlanticDecember 1, 2011

Affirmative Action, for instance, was an abstraction to me in the 90s. It's true that I am black, but I had never been an "only." I had never been part of any diversification effort. I didn't really know white people. So when the various identity wars ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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US Legislative Immigration Update December 5, 2011
Right Side NewsDecember 5, 2011

Right Side News Reports from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in this December 5, 2011 Legislative Weekly. FAIR tracks pending immigration reform moves by Congress and immigration policy directives by the President and his ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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LOANE SHARP: Restrictive labour laws in need of a rethink
Business DayDecember 12, 2011

The business of business is profitability. So long as labour cannot be employed in profitable ways, businesses will continue to introduce labour-saving alternatives. Those laws and regulations that undermine labour productivity need urgent reassessment ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Hecla disputes citations in death
Coeur d'Alene PressDecember 3, 2011

The United States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report Friday on the April 15 death of Larry Marek, 53, a miner who died when ground collapsed when he was working. MSHA cited Hecla in areas that included a lack of ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Tony Nicklinson deserves sympathy but hard cases make bad law
National Right to Life NewsDecember 2, 2011

We also need to realise that cases like Nicklinson's are extremely rare and that hard cases make bad law. The overwhelming majority of people with severe disability – even with 'locked-in syndrome' – do not wish to die but rather want support to live. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination during Form I-9 ...
ESR NEWSDecember 12, 2011

As reported in the ESR News blog 'Department of Justice Reaches Settlement with Company over Allegations of Employment Discrimination during Form I-9 Process,' the DOJ reached a settlement of $50760 with a Louisiana company in July of 2011 to resolve ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Moving From Combat to Compassion in the Workplace
Huffington Post (blog)December 8, 2011

Paradoxically, in many of our efforts to eliminate bad behaviors in the workplace, such as efforts to end bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimination, we become so concerned with upholding our virtues that once someone is accused of any of these ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Milford city manager terminated
The News JournalDecember 3, 2011

Councilman S. Allen "Skip" Pikus said Baird's employment agreement was under review along with those of the city's two other contracted employees, the chief of police and the city clerk. Pikus said Council sought to scale back all three contracts but ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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PLOTT: Expelling work, embracing entitlement
Yale Daily NewsDecember 2, 2011

In Alabama especially, undocumented workers are at the productive core of our prosperity. Does this mean Alabama's illegal immigration problem should then be ignored? Certainly not. But imposing draconian measures to eliminate the illegal presence will ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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WELLINGTON v. LANE COUNTY
Leagle.comDecember 6, 2011

... and William Fleenor ("Fleenor") on his claims for deprivation of a protected liberty interest in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, failure to reinstate in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") and Oregon Family Leave Act ("OFLA"), ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Boeing, Machinist Union Reach Tentative Deal To Settle NLRB Dispute
ABC News (blog)December 1, 2011

If the deal is ratified by its members next week, the union said it would drop the unfair labor practice suit against Boeing that is currently pending before the National Labor Relations Board. “We believe the proposed extension is good for our members ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Opinion: Need Clearly Exists to Clarify the Issues Surrounding Reporting of ...
Jewish ExponentDecember 8, 2011

Many are confused as to what could have been done differently to protect children. Child abuse is a major national problem. It is found among every race, religion and socioeconomic class. Every state is mandated to have laws regarding the reporting and ...more »

Railroads Avert US Holiday-Season Strike With Union Accords
BusinessWeekDecember 2, 2011

2 (Bloomberg) -- Freight railroads won new labor agreements with two unions, averting a strike in the holiday shipping season, after US lawmakers said they were prepared to intervene in the dispute. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Firefighters allege safety concerns with vacant properties
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleDecember 5, 2011

The state code forms the basis of the city fire code, and any changes become the law here. "They say this is an unfunded mandate. No, this is a bill that's come due," said Jim McTiernan, president of the firefighters union. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Time for Another Law Firm Lawsuit-Palooza
The American LawyerDecember 15, 2011

It's been about a month since our last round up of law firm legal skirmishes—plenty of time for litigants to hit firms with a fresh batch of suits claiming everything from wrongful termination to negligence to civil conspiracy, as well as for courts ...more »

Government Employees
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Employees Law Firm Expands Services - Fighting Vigorously to Protect Employees ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 1, 2011

... yet affordable, employment law legal services in the areas such as whistleblower actions, security clearance revocations, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, non-competitive promotions, disability retirement, workers' compensation, ...more »

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