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

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US Labor Department to begin campaign against violations in Georgia
The Augusta ChronicleNovember 1, 2011

... child labor and overtime laws. Al Villoch, a community outreach specialist with the department, said the agency will conduct visits to businesses all over Georgia from November through April, focusing on franchise restaurants. ...more »

Time Warner Trims Its Excesses
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To him, the company's corporate headquarters in the gleaming towers of the Time Warner Center is an “indulgence,” a giant reminder of past mistakes made by one of the world's largest media companies. “There was a burgeoning overhead reaching $500 ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Ivy League legacies due for court scrutiny?
CBS NewsNovember 15, 2011

The issue of alumni favoritism is bound to resurface in the coming months if the US Supreme Court goes ahead, as expected, and reviews the constitutionality of affirmative action at colleges and universities. I wrote about this likelihood here: Is the ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Holder sues South Carolina over immigration reform
Daily CallerNovember 1, 2011

NEW YORK - MAY 17: People rally before an act of civil disobedience to protest against the lack of an immigration reform bill on May 17, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The Obama administration has ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Sarah Palin Endorses Ohio Issue 2 As Anti-Union Measure Heads To A Vote
Huffington PostNovember 4, 2011

Ohio's Issue 2, a referendum on a controversial law curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees, picked up the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Friday. A "yes" vote on the issue would uphold SB 5, which bans public ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Big labor favor: DNC may replace local workers with out-of-state union labor...
Daily CallerNovember 7, 2011

After the press conference, RedState's Ben Howe discovered that the DNC was “discriminating against” a local large format sign printing company because it does not employ union labor. Since then, more reports of “discrimination” against non-union shops ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Child abuse bill closer to becoming law
Wausau Daily HeraldNovember 8, 2011

Scott Walker's signature to become law. Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick, managing attorney for Disability Rights Wisconsin, referenced Berglund's case last week in a letter to Assembly members seeking support of the measure. He said the bill is a positive step ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Legislators roll out bills to end employment discrimination
Florida IndependentNovember 1, 2011

Florida lawmakers have crafted a slew of new bills that would outlaw hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, whether someone is unemployed and whether an applicant has a ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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20 Years After Anita Hill, GOP Voters Shrug at Harassment
The AtlanticNovember 7, 2011

Scores of interviews with Iowa Republicans over the weekend turned up scant outrage over the sexual harassment allegations leveled against presidential candidate Herman Cain. That's partly because of the good will he's engendered among voters, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Non-solicitation clauses are worth the trouble
Montreal GazetteNovember 4, 2011

So while an ex-employee can escape the restriction of a non-competition clause by establishing his competing business outside the prohibited territory outlined in the employment contract, no such strategy can be used to sidestep a non-solicitation ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs
BusinessWeekNovember 10, 2011

The law, known as HB56, is intended to scare off undocumented workers, and in that regard it's been a success. It's also driven away legal immigrants who feared being harassed. Rhodes arrived at work on Sept. 29, the day the law went into effect, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Wonkbook: Romney embraces the public option
Washington Post (blog)November 7, 2011

The public insurer would be forced to keep its costs low and its services smart or it would lose customers to the private options. Either way, competition between the two models would lead to better, cheaper health care. But Republicans and some ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Red Cross, Union Reach Deal To End Strike
Hartford CourantNovember 14, 2011

Morrissey said the agreement also settles litigation over an unfair labor practice complaint the union filed against the Red Cross. A judge at the National Labor Relations Board found that the Red Cross engaged in unfair labor practices by changing the ...more »

Federal Personnel
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MF Global's UK Staff Might Have Received Bonuses Hours Before Bankruptcy
Business InsiderNovember 8, 2011

Employees of MF Global's British offices may have received their quarterly bonuses last Monday, just hours before MF Global filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York, The Telegraph is reporting. That's an interesting development, especially because ...more »

Changing Face of Organized Labor: Head of nation's largest public employees ...
Washington PostNovember 3, 2011

“We transformed the role of the labor movement in American politics.” With tough-talking, gravelly-voiced McEntee at its helm, the 1.6 million-member union spent about $90 million during the 2010 midterm elections, making it the largest outside spender ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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No decision yet from US atty on Kan. crime
The RepublicNovember 3, 2011

...fire was racially motivated, but the suspect's attorney said he doubted the case constitutes a federal hate crime. Sterling Law, 54, suffered second-degree burns to his stomach and upper legs during the Oct. 7 attack at his home in Council Grove, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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A statement from ousted Detroit airport CEO Turkia Awada Mullin
Detroit Free PressNovember 1, 2011

Clearly, questions surrounding my severance package should not have resulted in my wrongful termination. I was selected as Detroit Metropolitan Airport CEO following my long career path of hard work, progressive responsibilities, education, ...more »

Government Employees
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N.W.T. government investigating alleged whistleblower
CBC.caNovember 6, 2011

The investigator said two government employees were being investigated, but only one of them – the one the MLA tried to smear – is really a target. Dolynny said the information would help end William Turner's court challenge of the government's ...more »

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