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

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RCMP cautions YK renters to beware of scams
HQ YellowknifeOctober 1, 2011

The Yellowknife RCMP's commercial crime section is warning people about fraudulent ads popping up on on-line classified sites offering apartment rentals. Two such incidents have been reported in Yellowknife this month. Corporal Jarret MacDonald with ...more »

New state law puts bullet in local gun ordinances
MiamiHerald.comOctober 1, 2011

Under the new law, a first time offense would not result in a sex offender label. • Malpractice: The law bolsters requirements for expert witnesses in medical malpractice lawsuits. The legislation makes it harder for some doctors from out of state to ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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SB 185 raises issue of race factor in college admissions
Daily BruinOctober 3, 2011

A controversial affirmative action bill currently awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's approval has raised concerns over the constitutionality of using race as a factor in college admissions. Senate Bill 185, authored by Sen. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Immigration policy overhaul likely would spur US growth (4:31 am)
Las Cruces Sun-NewsOctober 6, 2011

Panel members also said political leaders need to find a way to legalize the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in this country. That, too, would have economic benefits, panel members said while speaking to a group of business and government ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Anti-SB 5 tour stops in Valley
Youngstown VindicatorOctober 7, 2011

If approved by voters, the law would place limits on collective bargaining, changing the way more than 350000 public workers have negotiated contract terms for nearly three decades. The law would prohibit strikes and enables state and local governments ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Unfair dismissal: the legal options
The Japan TimesOctober 3, 2011

Alternatively, you can use the Labor Tribunal System, which is designed to ensure fast-track settlements of individual labor disputes in court. In a labor tribunal, a panel consisting of a professional judge and two experts on labor issues — one from ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Arizona scholarship program faces lawsuit
AZ Central.comOctober 3, 2011

The amount of money a family receives depends on the nature of the disability, and the family receives 90 percent of the base amount of funding a public or charter school would receive for that child, said Tim Keller, executive director of the ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Employment – Discrimination – Age and gender
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyOctober 4, 2011

By Tom Egan Where a complainant claimed that he was discriminated against on the basis of gender and age when he was laid off as a staff attorney in the Lawrence City Attorney's Office, the discrimination claims must be dismissed based on evidence that ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Widening the rights of workers
Malaysia StarOctober 14, 2011

Among the amendments are to define contractor for labour (intended to clarify the relationship between principal, contractor and sub-contractors who supply labour), to include special provisions to address sexual harassment at the workplace, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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212 Wis. school unions want to recertify, many others give up few remaining ...
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teacher's union, is aware of about 300 local chapters operating without a contract. Unions that don't recertify can continue to exist, but they won't have any formal bargaining power. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Controversy looms after new Alabama undocumented immigrant bill
Daily IlliniOctober 14, 2011

This law has created a hostile, toxic environment for undocumented workers whose children have been forced to flee, abandoning their education and their stability. These children are innocent, many of them unknowingly brought to American soil, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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A Nobel Prize, and a noble gesture
Globe and MailOctober 4, 2011

He was a kind, soft-spoken man whose remarkable life took him from the family store in Quebec's Eastern Townships to Harvard medical school and lab research that earned him a Nobel Prize. For years, Ralph Steinman faced resistance from researchers who ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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AG orders owners of Raynham and Somerset buffets to pay $185000 fine for ...
Fall River Herald NewsOctober 11, 2011

Felipe Merino Sanchez, a former Grand Chinese Buffet employee, left, gives his account about unfair labor practices to MassCOSH Operations Manager Al Vega, right, as the coalition's Worker Center Organizer, Johnny Arevalo, listens after the group ...more »

Federal Personnel
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ATF's new director shakes up agency
CBS NewsOctober 5, 2011

Almost all of the 11 have extensive backgrounds as agents who have worked hundreds of investigations. A month after taking over, Jones acknowledged these are difficult times for the agency amid two investigations of Operation Fast and Furious, ...more »

Verizon Unions to Offer Health-Plan Consolidation to End Dispute
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Verizon Communications Inc. unions representing about 45000 workers are preparing to propose the consolidation of health-care plans next week, as a step toward ending a labor dispute that began over the summer. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Foreign-owned banks under growing fire for resisting empowerment laws
The Zimbabwe MailOctober 2, 2011

Banks say the indigenisation laws are unrealistic and the sector is already largely locally owned anyway. Zimbabwe has 26 operating banking institutions, which include 17 commercial banks, four merchant banks, four building societies and one savings ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former Beauty Queen, Police Officer Loses Wrongful Termination Suit
San Diego Reader (blog)October 31, 2011

... by nine lieutenants and top city officials to pressure the police union to drop her case. She lost both suits. Another wrongful termination action is still pending in federal court, which city and police officials in Chula Vista hope will be dismissed.more »

Government Employees
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E-Street: Do you think government workers in B.C. are overpaid?
The ProvinceOctober 1, 2011

Most government workers are paid far beyond what they are worth for the work they do. Recently I watched three government workers come out to repaint one fire hydrant. One person painted the blue part, the second painted the white and the third came ...more »

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