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

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Legal pair reject corporate approach and establish Sinclair Sharpe Law
Manchester Evening NewsDecember 1, 2011

“It's often quite a daunting experience for someone to approach a solicitor in the first place but the corporate approach does not suit everyone. “I wanted to get away from that and create a legal service that was delivered differently. ...more »

Worker complains to EEOC
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Five days later, the 30-year-old maintenance worker filed a discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging the county has failed to take action to ease the hostile work environment created by the co-worker's ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Affirmative-Action Myth
Town HallDecember 23, 2011

Instead, a widening shelf of empirical research suggests that the opposite is true -- that affirmative action in academia is not advancing minority achievement but impeding it. More than 30 years ago, in the case of University of California v. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Give Immigration Reform A Chance, Say Nation's Most Conservative Voters
NPR (blog)December 6, 2011

"We all know that immigration can be controversial," Stineman says. "We wanted to dig a little deeper and get away from tired talking points." Iowa Republicans get that immigration reform and visa reform can create jobs, he said. ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Wisconsin Gov. Wants Protesters To Pay For Security, Clean Up
NPR (blog)December 2, 2011

Scott Walker started the process of passing a law that severely limits collective bargaining for public employees in the state. Yesterday, the Walker administration took a step that is likely to antagonize protesters further. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Fremantle Ports Says 48-Hour Strike by Maritime Union Begins
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

About 34 shipping movements, including container ships, general cargo vessels and bulk commodity carriers, are expected to be affected after the strike started at 5 am local time today, Fremantle Ports spokeswoman Ainslie de Vos said in a phone ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Board supports ABA resolution on LSAT equality for disabled, approves Keller ...
WisBarDecember 5, 2011

Richard Brown, chief judge for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, attended the State Bar Board of Governor's meeting today in Madison to request co-sponsorship of the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law's resolution to promote equality in ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Keep the lawsuit clock on your side: Make sure workers know exact date of actions
Business Management DailyDecember 5, 2011

by The HR Specialist: Employment Law on December 5, 2011 3:00pm Employees have only a short period of time to file their initial discrimination claims. For example, they must file many federal discrimination claims with the EEOC within 300 days of ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Why do Cain adultery allegations stick more than harassment charges?
CNN InternationalDecember 1, 2011

The guy in the office in the gray flannel suit fears that his taken-for-granted sexualization of the women in his workplace may be interpreted as harassment when he doesn't want it to be. He doesn't think he's a bad guy, but can't imagine treating his ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Langley to consider keeping Weed as city attorney
South Whidbey RecordDecember 4, 2011

The involvement of Weed's law firm on personnel issues at Langley City Hall grew even more in the months to follow, once Mahler's concerns became public. Attorneys for the city went into high gear, with Weed offering Samuelson advice on how to talk to ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Immigration bill strikes again
Daily Home OnlineDecember 1, 2011

In 1986 under President Reagan, the federal government granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens, with the promise to the people that there would be tighter border security and strict penalties on employers for hiring undocumented workers. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Deloatch family: Officers' case has holes
MyCentralJersey.comDecember 2, 2011

She said the injury required two surgeries and a medical leave from her job with the Middlesex County Sherriff's Department. “What was he shooting at? It was dark,” Hudson said. “He had to have been shot at close range because if he was shot from the ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Union accuses county of unfair labor practices
Dekalb Daily ChronicleDecember 2, 2011

DeKALB – Union leaders said they have filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state's labor relations board in response to the DeKalb County Board's decision to reduce a full-time position to ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Pilot manager proposes salary reductions
Mount Airy NewsDecember 6, 2011

To adjust for the additional expenses without eliminating positions, Dearmin proposed cutting 401k contributions for non-law enforcement personnel, as well as salary reductions of around five percent for all town employees, including himself. ...more »

Occupy DC wary of being hijacked by unions, Democratic activists
Washington ExaminerDecember 2, 2011

Occupy DC protesters are becoming increasingly distrustful of labor unions and advocacy groups like MoveOn.org, who, they say, are trying to co-opt their movement to push political agendas of their own. Labor unions, in particular, have been supportive ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Norton Council puts fire/EMS levy back on ballot
Akron Leader PublicationsDecember 1, 2011

Resident Charlotte Whipkey, who was elected to an at-large seat in November, said residents need some kind of reassurance that if the 4.6-mill levy passed in March that other fire levies would subside. Law Director Peter Kostoff said his department ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Aurora Township supervisor under scrutiny
Chicago Daily HeraldDecember 5, 2011

Lambert said she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for wrongful termination and an equal pay act violation. The EEOC would neither confirm nor deny the existence of a complaint. Such complaints don't become public ...more »

Government Employees
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Social Security Administration Takes First Step in Rescinding Questionable ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

By American Federation of Government Employees WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees cried foul today on the Social Security Administration's plans to rescind Social Security Rulings 66-18c ...more »

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