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Rockford Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud
eNews Park ForestNovember 1, 2011

Rockford, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Rockford man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to bankruptcy fraud. The defendant, Shane Mathew Berry, 39, admitted to making a false statement in documents he signed under penalty of perjury in his 2007 bankruptcy ...more »

The Media's Cain Mutiny
Huffington Post (blog)November 1, 2011

What I do know is that settlements of law suits including those alleging sexual harassment are not evidence of anything. Law suits are settled everyday because of the embarrassment a trial may bring and the expense of defending. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Labour Court rules in equity case
Independent OnlineNovember 17, 2011

The union lodged papers early in November in a bid to stop affirmative action employment in the Tshwane municipality. The interdict was filed on the basis that the municipality's affirmative action policy was not in line with the Employment Equity Act. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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With Pearce Out, Where Does The Immigration Debate Go?
Fronteras: The Changing America DeskNovember 10, 2011

PHOENIX — The architect of Arizona's controversial immigration law is out. So what does it mean to immigration reform and the conservative movement? Some say it could refocus the immigration debate. Conservatives answer there are many ready to carry ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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BC may seek exemption from state law on health insurance payments
Battle Creek EnquirerNovember 1, 2011

Tsuchiyama said it wasn't possible to have a new transit workers contract in place before the law goes into effect in January. "We're not changing anything that hasn't already been agreed to by the individual bargaining units," he said. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Virgin Australia Wins Business Sales After Qantas Grounding
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

3 (Bloomberg) -- Virgin Australia, the nation's second-largest airline, expects to double its share of corporate passengers faster than planned after Qantas Airways Ltd. suspended flights for about 48 hours because of labor disputes. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Pico Rivera restaurant still standing
Whittier Daily NewsNovember 7, 2011

And not allowing a disabled person to have equal access also violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to Vineet Dubey, who with Miguel Custodio Jr. represented Vargas. Dubey said at the time that his client, in a wheelchair, couldn't use ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Political VOICE: The Road Ahead
Vital VOICENovember 1, 2011

In 2009, the City of Saint Louis updated its nondiscrimination ordinance to include gender identity; Governor Nixon issued an Executive Order last year protecting State employees from discrimination; University City passed a Domestic Partnership ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Top Mountie urges employees to report 'harassment'
Toronto StarNovember 11, 2011

OTTAWA—Outgoing commissioner Bill Elliott, who last year faced accusations of a “verbally abusive” leadership style, is now urging employees to report any “harassment” in the workplace. In an internal memo sent to RCMP employees across Canada, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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CCA Awarded A New Federal Bureau Of Prisons Contract For The
GovCon (press release)November 1, 2011

... to government agencies, announced today that pursuant to a competitive re-bid it has received a new contract from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for the expansion and continued management of CCA's McRae Correctional Facility in McRae, Georgia. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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A plan to prevent undocumented workers from coming into US
News 10NBCNovember 5, 2011

He also commented on the arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Albion woman in a Walmart parking lot. Schumer and other US senators are working on a plan to prevent undocumented workers from coming into this country. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Olympic medalist Carl Lewis calls out state senator for taking away health ...
PolitiFactNovember 7, 2011

Shrom added, "On the other side of the equation, those who did follow the referral advice now have a 'medical home' -- that is, they are now going to a clinic that can attend to all the health care needs of themselves and their families and seeing a ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Oak Park lays off maintenance staff to save $100K
Wednesday JournalNovember 10, 2011

Rosen said they're considering filing an unfair labor practice complaint against the village with the state's labor board. "We would have been glad to discuss it and figure out ways to keep these people employed. The worst-case scenario is always ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Federal hiring proves to be recession-proof
msnbc.comNovember 3, 2011

A small part of this growth in federal employment may have been due to the $825 billion stimulus bill that President Obama signed into law in 2009, but the bulk of that money was simply forwarded to state and local governments to sustain their Medicaid ...more »

Air France to Operate 90% of Flights as Support for Strike Wanes
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

1 (Bloomberg) -- Air France aims to operate at least 90 percent of flights today after support for a five-day cabin crew strike was hurt by labor deals that left the action backed by only four of the seven unions representing the 15000 crew. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Former Blue Earth Co. Commissioner Dies in Tractor Fire
KEYC TVNovember 1, 2011

More>> Former Blue Earth County Commissioner Alvis More is believed to have died in a tractor fire. More>> Law enforcement in the area got a special Halloween treat-no D–W–I's. More>> Former Blue Earth County Commissioner Alvis More is believed to have ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Trainee redundancies 'unlawful'
Law GazetteNovember 10, 2011

Few if any are willing to lodge a claim for wrongful dismissal, but Taylor believes they should be granted the same rights as apprentices, whose contracts cannot be terminated except in exceptional circumstances. The issue came up at a recent meeting ...more »

Government Employees
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OUR VIEW: Unions must OK Brown's pension fixes
Appeal-DemocratNovember 1, 2011

Experts estimate California public pensions fall as much as $500 billion short of meeting projected obligations. That leaves taxpayers on the hook. Brown is suggesting some risk should be assumed by government employees. Some? ...more »

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