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

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US could pay pension bill for AMR as it restructures: report
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Tom Horton, the new chief executive of American Airlines and its parent company AMR said the fact the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection did not mean its pension plans would definitely move to the PBGC, but he signaled it was a real ...more »

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Role in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

... Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General; and State of Connecticut Department of Banking. To report financial fraud crimes, and to learn more about the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, please visit www.stopfraud.gov.more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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The Costs of Affirmative Action
National Review Online (blog)December 1, 2011

George Will's column today references a brief that my US Civil Rights Commission colleagues Gail Heriot, Todd Gaziano, and I have filed with the US Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The Fisher case presents ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Expanded Visa Law Would Give US World's Tired, Poor Technologists: View
BloombergDecember 1, 2011

Or so it seemed for a day this week when the House of Representatives voted 389 to 15 to ease restrictions on the entry of highly skilled immigrants to the US The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 was sponsored by conservative ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Sask labour rolls the dice on legal action
Planet SDecember 1, 2011

Once designated, the employees lose the right to strike as part of collective bargaining. Bill 6 (Trade Union Amendment Act) rejigged longstanding rules around union certification, permitting employers to communicate with employees during union drives, ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Labor braces for gay marriage showdown
ABC OnlineDecember 2, 2011

... series of changes such as extending workers' bargaining rights and access to arbitration in industrial disputes. But he Federal Government has refused to commit to any changes to workplace laws after unions used their power to amend Labor's policy. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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WE ARE FORCED TO LAMENT, PROTEST AND OBSERVE THIS DAY AS A BLACK DAY
GreaterKashmir.com (press release)December 2, 2011

... is World Disability Day. On this occasion I am reminded of my spinal injury that made me permanently challenged. From last 18 years since my accident, I have observed that this is the most venerable section of the society. An Act was passed in the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Women's rights at risk
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Nothing in the federal health care law requires women to use contraception — only that this basic medical service be accessible through health care plans. And religious groups have every right to encourage members to abstain from using contraception ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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The Psychology (and Law) of Harassment Investigations
Nature.comDecember 4, 2011

However, understanding your legal responsibilities is only half the battle; most of the mistakes in complaint investigations involve the way the parties are treated, what they think is fair, and how the process is communicated and/or implemented. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Montana Court: Some Noncompete Clauses Unenforceable
ClaimsJournal.comDecember 2, 2011

Noncompete clauses in employee contracts may not be enforceable in Montana when firms fire or lay off workers, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Last week's ruling came in the case of certified public accountant Dawn Wrigg of Helena. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Justice Department warns Alabama law enforcers on immigration
msnbc.comDecember 7, 2011

The law, HB56 passed by the Alabama Legislature in June, attempts to combat illegal immigration by establishing harsh penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers, requiring public schools to report children and parents who are not legal ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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A proposal to create Wisconsin's third medical school in Wausau could bring ...
Wausau Daily HeraldDecember 1, 2011

The University of Wisconsin Family Medicine Residency program in Wausau has graduated 160 students during the past three decades, and two-thirds have stayed in the state, said Dr. Kevin O'Connell, the program's director. About 25 percent remained close ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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County finds funds to cover Kane deputies raises
Chicago Sun-TimesDecember 7, 2011

It will help both sides avoid an unfair labor practice lawsuit from the deputies union, after an arbitrator ruled the deputies should receive a pay stipend for 2011 and pay raises for 2012 and 2013. The 113 employees affected will begin to see changes ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Law enforcement official: FBI, IRS agents searching home of DC Councilmember ...
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — FBI and IRS agents searched the home Friday of DC Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., who's been under investigation for several months after being accused of diverting more than $300000 in city funds for personal use. ...more »

Labor unions get seats on AMR creditors committee
BusinessWeekDecember 6, 2011

The three labor unions at American Airlines won seats on the committee that will represent creditors with potential claims against bankrupt American Airlines parent AMR Corp. The unions were joined by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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County to ponder easing fireworks restrictions
Your Houston NewsDecember 6, 2011

County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams went before commissioners Monday to discuss prohibiting certain types of fireworks Dec. 20 through Jan. 1. County officials have until Dec. 15 to enact the state law that restricts “missiles with sticks” and “rockets ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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BRANDT v. LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Leagle.comDecember 6, 2011

Plaintiff David Brandt appeals dismissal of his complaint for wrongful termination following the trial court's order sustaining the demurrer of defendant Los Angeles Unified School District ("LAUSD"). Finding no error, we affirm the judgment. ...more »

Government Employees
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Brown Prescribes 'Castor Oil' to Remedy California Pension Costs
BusinessWeekDecember 2, 2011

Brown's plan calls for raising the retirement age to 67 from 55 for most state employees, forbidding abuses known as pension spiking and double dipping, and adding two outsiders to the board of the $225 billion California Public Employees' Retirement ...more »

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