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

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Md. health secy. announces corrective steps after agency had to return unspent ...
Washington PostDecember 1, 2011

Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told members of the Senate Finance and Budget and Taxation committees he was shocked to hear of such a large expected surplus at the agency that supports services such as residential care, employment, day programs and ...more »

Personal Injury Claims Turn on Medical Evidence
TrethowansDecember 1, 2011

Medical Evidence is key when determining the value of any personal injury claim. It is imperative that the right medical expert is asked to report on your injuries. Your solicitor will select the most appropriate medical expert from the relevant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Affirmative Action and Recent Trends within the OFCCP
Nature.comDecember 26, 2011

The 2006 Compensation standards no longer apply, so now what? Active Case Management abandoned for the more focused Active Case Enforcement practice. The new proposed affirmative action rules issued for individuals with disabilities (Section 503 of the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Bishops call for immigration reform
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)December 15, 2011

Nationally 33 Latino bishops issued a pastoral letter to immigrants offering support and thanks and pledging to work for reform of the immigration system, she writes. You can register through your Facebook account, sign on with your Facebook password ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Effort under way to restore, reopen Penn-McKee Hotel
Pittsburgh Post GazetteDecember 8, 2011

Kennedy, a Democrat, said the bill's restraints would strangle collective bargaining, rendering it ineffectual. Charles McCollester, author of the marker proposal and president of the foundation, said the law was aimed directly at curbing union power. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Top Chinese Security Official Sounds Warning about Economic Imbalances
TIME (blog)December 5, 2011

And not all strikes are reported, but sometimes, as during labor disputes at several foreign-owned factories in 2010, the high-profile nature of the companies, including Honda, ensured widespread attention. Are Zhou's comments a warning of future ...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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HRC to NBA, WNBA and NHL: Time is now for non-discrimination protections
Windy City TimesDecember 5, 2011

Last week Major League Baseball (MLB) added sexual orientation to their employment non-discrimination protections, with language similar to the policy adopted by the National Football League (NFL) in September. Because there are no legal protections at ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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House panel for changes in Women's Bill
Business StandardDecember 10, 2011

The Standing Committee on Human Resources Development has criticized the draft Bill for Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace, saying it leaves out domestic workers, who comprise 30 per cent of the women workforce in the country. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Oracle Accuses HP of "Campaign of Secrecy and Deception" Over Itanium
All Things DigitalDecember 3, 2011

20, 2010, Mark Hurd, Oracle and HP entered into a written settlement agreement. Pursuant to that agreement, HP dismissed its lawsuit against Hurd, and did not further challenge Hurd's employment at Oracle. In exchange, Oracle contractually committed ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Pomona College Workers Fired, Protesters Arrested
The CMC ForumDecember 3, 2011

The Student Life reports that the letter was sent after the Pomona College Board of Trustees had received a complaint that some campus employees were undocumented, and that the investigation was part of a “series of legal obligations. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Final week to adopt a family in need
Christian County Headliner NewsDecember 8, 2011

Request one of the families profiled here or they can find others who fit your criteria. He's 84 and the primary caregiver for his 80-year-old wife and disabled son. Their retirement income is stretched to the max with medical bills and car repairs. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Sports Illustrated: National Labor Relations Board Dismisses Cedric Benson's ...
Cincy JungleDecember 5, 2011

According to Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed Cedric Benson's "unfair labor practice charge against the NFLPA and its executive director, DeMaurice Smith". Cincinnati's feature running back filed the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Banks ask court to dismiss Jefferson County bankruptcy filing
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)December 10, 2011

By Jeremy Gray -- The Birmingham News The Bank of New York Mellon argued that the county does not meet requirements set out by Alabama state law to file for bankruptcy, court records showed. Jefferson County has outstanding warrants, but in order to ...more »

UK Government Says Fewer Workers Struck Than Unions Estimate
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

1 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister David Cameron's government disputed UK labor-union estimates that 2 million public-sector workers went on strike over pension curbs yesterday, saying the number who walked out was much lower. About 900000 civil servants, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Illegal aliens causing wildfires in Arizona: Gov't report
Examiner.comDecember 2, 2011

In other words, illegal aliens are considered a danger to those responding to a fire emergency. The agencies have taken some steps to mitigate the risks to firefighters by, for example, using law enforcement to provide security. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Ex Ill. Deputy Sues County Sheriff For Wrongful Termination
Officer.comDecember 16, 2011

By Harry Hitzeman A former McHenry County Sheriff's deputy is suing Sheriff Keith Nygren and several other deputies, claiming he was retaliated against and wrongfully terminated after he gave a deposition in another lawsuit filed against Nygren that ...more »

Government Employees
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Union man Andy Stern loves China (Chinese workers, not so much)
CBS NewsDecember 5, 2011

To the extent that economic "lifting" has happened in post-Mao times, it has been the menial labor of hundreds of millions of people -- working without labor unions, or a free press, or a neutral judiciary, or protections like OSHA rules -- that has ...more »

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