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

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CNPA attorney: City Council violated open meeting law
Patterson IrrigatorDecember 1, 2011

Councilwoman Annette Smith said a final decision had not been made regarding the hiring of Hallinan, because the council was in contract negotiations. The matter was part of talks and did not have to be revealed, she said. “It's an employment issue,” ...more »

In Boon to Palm Coast, Appeals Court Rules Red-Light Cameras Legal Even ...
FlaglerLive.comDecember 1, 2011

The city countered that penalties were code infractions rather than criminal infractions, and that they were non-moving violations, even though a vehicle had to be moving to trigger such a violation. A trial court ruled in favor of Masone, saying state ...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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We Need Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Patch.comDecember 6, 2011

Comprehensive immigration reform always brings out passionate people on all sides of the issue. Georgia passed an immigration bill in the last session of the General Assembly. There have been many opinions expressed regarding the legislation from that ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Oshkosh school district's legal costs have doubled
Oshkosh NorthwesternDecember 12, 2011

Spending will likely remain high even though a new state law limits contract negotiations to base wage increases, Viegut said. That's because the district is relying heavily on legal counsel to put in place new work rules, pay schedules and benefits ...more »

Labor Disputes
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The GOP's war on labor unions
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

The Republican war on unions continues apace. On a near-party-line vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill crafted to thwart a National Labor Relations Board decision, made earlier Wednesday, that would entitle workers to a timely vote on unionization ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Food handlers with HIV/AIDS are protected by the Americans with Disabilities...
allvoicesDecember 5, 2011

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that applies to people with disabilities and protects them from discrimination. There are too many news reports in the last decade or two related to people catching HIV from used ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Former Ingham County Road Commission employee suing over firing
Lansing State JournalDecember 8, 2011

A discrimination lawsuit has been filed by a former Ingham County Road Commission employee against the agency. A trial date has not been set before Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. A former Ingham County Road Commission employee fired from his ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Judge slates 'House' harassment suit for trial
msnbc.comDecember 7, 2011

In July 2010, Carl Jones, who spent four years working as an assistant property master on the Fox medical mystery show, sued "House" producer Universal and two of its staffers, claiming that he was victim to sexual harassment and was fired when he ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Four in every five new teachers fail to land a full-time job
ScotsmanDecember 8, 2011

... are failing to find full-time employment in Scotland's schools, new figures show. Statistics released by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC) show only 20.9 per cent of probationers had managed to find full-time permanent contracts. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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GOP debate: Romney, Gingrich split on illegal immigration policy
The Hill (blog)December 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry said they would not offer illegal immigrants any type of amnesty, but they didn't advocate mass deportations of undocumented foreign workers. Gingrich outlined a plan that would require citizen review panels to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Fire destroys LaVerkin property
St. George Daily SpectrumDecember 2, 2011

When crews arrived, neighbors were also asked to leave their homes. "They just told us we had time to get our clothes and to get out of here," said Karen Slack, who lives next to the Jones family with her husband, Randy Slack. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Back Issues
Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsDecember 14, 2011

As a result of these events, the International Association of Fire Fighters, Reiber's union, filed an unfair labor practice charge with National Labor Relations Board against the city. ... A 19-year-old Washington State University student has been ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Andy Bockelman: 'J. Edgar' breaks no laws, but offers little historical insight
Craig Daily PressDecember 1, 2011

As he takes up the new mantle, Hoover makes some sweeping changes in the agency, imposing higher standards on personnel and challenging the limits of his authority in the relatively new government office. Becoming a public icon for his efforts to fight ...more »

Italy's Monti to Unveil New Austerity Program
Wall Street JournalDecember 2, 2011

Labor unions have already raised objections about plans to tighten retirement benefits, although some appear willing to trade their consent for a wealth tax. Mr. Monti has promised European Union partners that Italy will stick with its pledge to ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Police & Fire
Juneau EmpireDecember 1, 2011

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. • At 5:09 pm Monday, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Strip Clubs Were Part of the Job
Courthouse News ServiceDecember 13, 2011

Joshua McCarty and Kevin Petrie seek punitive damages for wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unfair business practices and wage and hour violations, in Placer County Court. The men claim: "AutoNation and the individual defendants ...more »

Government Employees
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City government employees to get P25,000 Christmas bonus
Zamboanga Today OnlineDecember 5, 2011

The local chief executive said 2000 city government employees will benefit from the Productivity Enhancement Incentive and the city will spend a total of P50 Million. When asked when the bonus will be released to the employees, the mayor said, ...more »


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