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

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Failed Solar Company's Auction Draws Bargain Hunters
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. To others, the furor over its $535 million federal loan guarantee represents an attack on the solar industry ...more »

Court: School was Right to Ban "Islam is of the Devil" Shirts
Opposing ViewsNovember 1, 2011

... policy banning “clothing or accessories that ... denigrate or promote discrimination for or against an individual or group on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, race, religion, or gender” was constitutional. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative-Action Critics See Texas Case as a Vehicle for a Supreme Court Victory
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)November 1, 2011

Leading critics of affirmative action say they are optimistic that the US Supreme Court will take up a lawsuit challenging the race-conscious admissions policies of the University of Texas at Austin and hand down a ruling that curtails ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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GRISWOLD: Give us your engineers, yearning to innovate
Washington TimesNovember 1, 2011

Under current law, no more than 7 percent of the 140000 annual permanent “green card” employment visas can be awarded to workers from any one country. That arbitrarily excludes qualified potential immigrants from China and India, each with more than 1 ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Confusion Over Ohio's Issue Two on Ballot
WKRC TV CincinnatiNovember 2, 2011

The hottest issue all across Ohio is the effort to repeal Senate Bill 5, Ohio's new collective bargaining law. There may be some confusion over what the ballot measure is called. At the Hamilton County Board of Elections and at other boards statewide, ...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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Five Things You Need To Know Today: Nov. 10
Patch.comNovember 10, 2011

Marasco & Nesselbush is a leading personal injury and Social Security disability law firm, with offices throughout Rhode Island (in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick and Woonsocket). For more information, visit »

Employment & Discrimination
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Assessing age discrimination: the golden oldies need not be a costly affair
International Law OfficeNovember 2, 2011

Furthermore, the arbitrator noted that on application of the Act on Prohibition Against Discrimination in Respect of Employment, it is important first to look at the total number of employees being dismissed, and not only at how the dismissals are ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Need To Prevent Harassment at Workplace
TopNews United StatesNovember 2, 2011

It is hoped that the findings of the survey would help the authorities in taking certain steps which could prevent a worker from experiencing harassment in the workplace. Need To Prevent Harassment at Workplace.more »

Employment Contracts
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Mullin fired by airport; she vows court fight
The Detroit NewsNovember 1, 2011

Board member Samuel Nouhan, an attorney, demanded to know which provision of Mullin's employment contract the board members were invoking. The contract allows for termination if there is an example of "dishonesty, theft, willful misconduct, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Storrs Center construction project raided
UConn Daily CampusNovember 11, 2011

18 undocumented workers were found. The Connecticut Laborers' District Council announced yesterday that the Storrs Center construction project was recently raided by Connecticut and federal officials, turning up 18 undocumented construction workers ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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New Report Shows Children Are the Real Victims of Anti-LGBT Laws and Stigma
Huffington Post (blog)November 1, 2011

These are things like the ability to take family and medical leave, receive social security survivors' benefits or take advantage of numerous tax provisions aimed at strengthening families. This is true even for families in the six states and DC where ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Players might not wait to decertify
NECNNovember 12, 2011

The NLRB is an independent agency of the federal government, designed to conduct elections on labor union representation. The NLRB is also presiding over the unfair labor practice charges filed by both the NBA and the NBAPA against one another. ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Anti-bullying law outlined by Westfield Schools
Suburban NewsNovember 4, 2011

WESTFIELD — Anti-Bullying Coordinator for the Westfield Public Schools, Audrey Zavetz, addressed an audience of parents, public and school personnel on Oct. 26 regarding new legal requirements in New Jersey and Westfield's revised Harassment, ...more »

Unions hail Shura Council's rejection of wage increase
The Daily StarNovember 1, 2011

BEIRUT: The National Labor Confederation hailed Tuesday Shura Council's rejection of Cabinet's wage increase draft, saying the verdict did justice to workers. Most labor unions, including General Labor Confederation – Lebanon's biggest union – had ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comNovember 5, 2011

Police determined that the death of Knowles, of Mount Olive, Ill., was an accident. He was found by park staff just off Lake Drive at 7:05 am Chris McCloud, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the car was running, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Quincey files notice of claim with Upland seeking damages
Contra Costa TimesNovember 2, 2011

Quincey, who was terminated in May by the City Council, is seeking unlimited damages accusing the city of breaching their employment contract, wrongful termination and violating labor codes. The claim also accuses Mayor Ray Musser and Councilman Ken ...more »

Government Employees
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NJ has invested $3.6M to bolster skills of over 8K workers
newjerseynewsroom.comNovember 1, 2011

The state government has invested nearly $3.6 million to train employees in New Jersey industries, Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday. The money, provided through the state Department of Labor's Workforce Development Partnership Program, ...more »


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