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

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A federal takeover of education
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

Such federal aid to education came in 1965, the year of liberals living exuberantly, which produced Medicare and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The latter completed the long repudiation of the idea that some sectors of life are ...more »

Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Backdoor affirmative action
Los Angeles TimesOctober 6, 2011

(Robert Galbraith / Reuters) As much as this page exhorted Californians to vote against Proposition 209 in 1996, the constitutional amendment that bars affirmative action in state hiring and admissions at public colleges is now the law, having survived ...more »

Government Employees
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BC Place workers vote to strike
CBC.caOctober 4, 2011

Beginning of Story Content Workers at the newly renovated BC Place stadium have voted 89 per cent in favor of strike action that could impact the upcoming Grey Cup at the newly renovated stadium. BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU) spokesperson Karen ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Effort to recall Wis. governor to start Nov. 15
The Associated PressOctober 11, 2011

"Soon after he took office, he proposed a radical change to state law by trying to take away state workers' rights to collective bargaining which he never mentioned once during the campaign," Tate said. "We cannot sit back and allow Scott Walker to ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Chris Christie: Destined to Disappoint?
Huffington Post (blog)October 2, 2011

Exhibit A, perhaps, is immigration. Christie has publicly supported the Barack Obama-George W. Bush plan for comprehensive immigration reform, which places him squarely in the dreaded "amnesty" camp. In fact, on immigration at least, Christie's even to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Biz Voices: Social media rules pose risks
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOctober 30, 2011

Kilpatrick Townsend partner John Alden practices in the areas of labor and employment law. Alden has litigated and arbitrated a wide variety of disputes throughout the United States and currently represents management in all areas of labor and ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Massena village Board of Trustees puts brakes on hiring
WatertownDailyTimes.comOctober 10, 2011

... financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Syracuse University's Burton Blatt Institute Receives $6.2 Million Grant to ...
Newswise (press release)October 4, 2011

Launched in 2005 at SU College of Law, BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU's School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI engages in projects on civil and ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Federal panel sues over firing based on disability
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

"Once she focused on my hand, all she could see was my disability instead of my abilities," Sanders said in a statement released by the commission. EEOC attorney Evangelina Hernandez said the law requires equal treatment for job applicants with ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Workplace Suit To Proceed; EEOC Closes File On Clerk Complaint
Fort Smith Times RecordOctober 5, 2011

Deputy circuit clerks Tyanna Caldwell and Jean Austin and former deputy circuit clerk Lynsey Shockley have accused Blevins of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment and wage discrimination in a complaint initially filed with the ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Brazen contracts scandal uncovered in US Govt agency
Government NewsOctober 6, 2011

According to the indictment, Mr Kerry Khan and his son together channelled US$383000 in September, 2011 to another family member who had threatened to alert law enforcement authorities to the existence of the scheme. The indictment alleges that the ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Addressing Some Misperceptions About Mexican Immigration
New York Times (blog)October 3, 2011

One side (represented by this commenter and this one) sees only the costs that immigrants bring. Others, like this commenter, see illegal immigrants largely as victims, hard workers limited by American xenophobia. The reality is more complicated. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Coping in the Recession: Medical professionals create continuum of care for ...
Knoxville News SentinelOctober 2, 2011

The organized medical professionals provide everything from biopsy to brain surgery for someone who has lived in Knox County for 90 days and earns less than 200 percent of the poverty level, or $44000 a year for a family of four, King said. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Rhyme or reason? Trying to make sense of the NLRB's social media cases
Lexology (registration)October 14, 2011

Since the NLRB's Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) issued the first “Facebook” complaint in American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. in October, 2010, dozens of unfair labor practice charges involving social media have been filed, ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Judge opens Bustamante's personnel file
Moscow-Pullman Daily NewsOctober 4, 2011

Stegner had been charged with resolving a question of Idaho public records law as it relates to the release of personnel information for a former public official and whether language in one statute extends to the dead. The university filed an action ...more »

VIDEO: Labor union demands censure against two Democrats on TUSD school board
Tucson CitizenOctober 3, 2011

The president of AFSCME local 449 then gave an impassioned speech to the board, condemning their stances against the labor union, and adding that just because a person has a “D” in front of their name does not mean they will automatically have union ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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“An opportunity lost to ensure greater safety at public places”
The HinduOctober 14, 2011

The Supreme Court verdict on Thursday reducing compensation in the Uphaar cinema fire tragedy case, that had claimed 59 lives, has come as disappointment to the families of the victims. Describing the judgment as “unexpected,” Association of Victims of ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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PetSmart named in sex discrimination suit
Press & Sun-BulletinOctober 15, 2011

A former PetSmart employee has filed suit against the company and a store manager, alleging a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and wrongful termination, among other things. Audrey Urda was first sexually harassed by a manager at the Vestal ...more »

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