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Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders
msnbc.comDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich's contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal. Within hours, the complaint filed by the ...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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More than patronage behind choice of judge
Journal InquirerDecember 3, 2011

But her appointment is not just political patronage but also, probably more so, "affirmative action," as she is not only a woman but black as well. As the country generally and the legal profession particularly long have been run largely by white men, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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We must confront economic realities
Richmond County Daily JournalDecember 3, 2011

by Larry Wooten, President of NC Farm Bureau There are always two sides to every issue and when it comes to immigration reform, there has been plenty of rhetoric for public discourse. But the issue remains a constant sore spot for the state's ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Majority of education unions vote to recertify
Chicago TribuneDecember 9, 2011

AP Preliminary results show the majority of education unions that want limited collective bargaining rights under a new state law have voted to recertify. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission tallied the results of voting over the last two ...more »

Labor Disputes
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AMR Gets New Cockpit Crew
Wall Street JournalDecember 6, 2011

3 airline sought protection from its creditors in US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. On Monday, a nine-person committee was named to represent the unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case. Three of American's unions won seats on the panel, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Attention turning to equal rights fight
Albany Times UnionDecember 8, 2011

On the federal level, President Barack Obama signed a law in 2009 that expanded the federal hate crimes law to include any crime motivated by "gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability." On another front, a state panel advising Cuomo ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Experts Discuss the Impact of an Aging Workforce
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

... of federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Attendees to this webinar will also receive 1.0 CPE or 1.5 HRCI credits. ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Let's Quit Bashing Women As the 2012 Presidential Campaign Rolls Along
Fox NewsDecember 3, 2011

Studies find that one in four women experiences sexual harassment in the workplace. Arguably, 25% of women aren't just whining. In fact, it's far more likely that the actual rate of incidents is higher but many women try to brush it off. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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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 »

Undocumented Workers
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Trial Starts for Hostess Club Manager Accused of Hiring Undocumented Workers...
blogdowntown (blog)December 6, 2011

Several of those women are expected to testify in the case against Joel Cirilo Sosa, one of two managers that the US Attorney's office has charged with the ongoing employment of undocumented workers. Prosecutors allege that only two of the 800 ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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LARSON v. UNITED NATURAL FOODS WEST, INC.
Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

Plaintiff Larson filed an amended complaint in December 2009 asserting three claims: a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act against Defendant United Natural Foods West, Inc. ("UNFI"), disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Ohio workers in lockout file unfair labor charge
BusinessWeekDecember 9, 2011

The union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday. Cooper Tire officials have said they need a competitive agreement to keep operating. The company has brought in temporary workers to keep its Ohio plant ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Yes, feds have had enough of attacks on their jobs
FCW.com (blog)December 2, 2011

Dean Heller's proposal to extend the current pay freeze for federal employees an additional three years stirred up quite the emotional reaction among FCW's readers, many of whom said they are ready to move on from government if the proposal becomes law...more »

LNP may repeal same-sex unions if it wins election
The AustralianDecember 2, 2011

CIVIL unions could be repealed under a Queensland Liberal National Party government, as an independent MP vowed to introduce a private member's bill to overturn the new legislation. In a move condemned by Labor as returning Queensland "to the dark ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire marshal says Occupy Boston encampment unsafe
Boston.comDecember 2, 2011

Lawyers for Occupy Boston argued that city fire officials have not notified them in writing, as required by law, about serious fire code violations. They said the protesters have complied with suggestions given to them verbally, including agreeing not ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Lawsuit spawned federal investigation
CanadianBusiness.comDecember 2, 2011

The Mississippi Business Journal reports (http://bit.ly/sUUg8j) that the allegations came in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by James Hahn, a former vice president of programs at Stoneville, Miss.-based DHA. The DHA provides funding for health ...more »

Government Employees
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General strike 2011: Strike day sees widespread disruption
Mirror.co.ukDecember 1, 2011

A total of 8000 probation and family court staff joined the strike against the government's plans to make public sector workers “pay more, work longer and get less in retirement”. But expected delays at air and sea ports were avoided as volunteers ...more »

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