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

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Berwyn cops now say they had 6 calls about filthy, animal-filled home
Chicago TribuneOctober 1, 2011

The calls, mostly related to neighbor disputes or property-related issues, did not suggest the five children living there were in danger or that forced entry was warranted, police Chief James Ritz said. Police said the most serious incident was in ...more »

Feds reach deal with NJ Transit to reduce ARC tunnel debt to $95M
NorthJersey.comOctober 1, 2011

The state has so far spent just over $1 million in legal fees to fight the debt. John Wisniewski, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said New Jersey commuters still lost out. “While the governor may tout his settlement as a win for New ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Supreme Court set to open crucial term
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Since then, generations of law students have been taught that in matters of economics and business, Congress makes the law and the court stands aside. If the court were to void the individual mandate, it would put healthcare reformers in a box. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Secure Communities is Making a Comeback Reports Miami Immigration Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)October 3, 2011

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2011 – Further confusion as to what is happening with immigration reform is hovering on the horizon. Some important changes are even being done very quietly. “If you weren't looking for this particular news item ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Editorial: Navigating post collective bargaining world
Oshkosh NorthwesternOctober 5, 2011

Scott Walker and GOP majorities in the Legislature that took away nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public employee unions. As a result, the state will not be obliged to negotiate with the unions for cost-of-living wage increases. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Union files suit to allow residential picketing
OCRegisterOctober 4, 2011

"(Cities) just need to be aware that labor rights are in a whole separate category and you have to respect them," Moscowitz said. "You can't make up laws because you don't like that labor disputes are going on. No one likes to see disputes or picketing ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Special ed students transition out of school
Pacific Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

"These sessions are specifically geared to ...parents, guardians and students receiving special education in middle and high school," said Carol Cabiles, protection and advocacy program coordinator, Guam Legal Services Corporation-Disability Law Center ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Supreme Court should side with religious school that fired sick teacher
The Daily CougarOctober 10, 2011

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the extent religious organizations must adhere to laws that prohibit discrimination in employment. Ultimately, the Court's decision has the potential to refine the definitions of the terms “minister” and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Jury awards LAPD detectives $2.5 million
Los Angeles TimesOctober 6, 2011

The verdict, delivered Friday after only a few hours of deliberation, is the latest in a long string of costly lawsuits brought by LAPD officers against fellow cops and supervisors for retaliation, harassment and other workplace abuses. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Scores of school unions intend to recertify
Green Bay Press GazetteOctober 2, 2011

Even if a union hurdles those obstacles, recertification means only that the chapter can formally negotiate wage increases, which the law limits to the cost-of-living. Unions representing about 50000 public workers opted not to go through with ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama Immigration Law Prompts Immigrants to Flee School, Jobs, Homes
International Business TimesOctober 4, 2011

A judge's decision to uphold Alabama's stringent new immigration law has led immigrants to flee their homes, pull their children from school and avoid farming jobs at the height of harvesting season. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Court order protecting city employee from discipline has been dissolved
The Herald BulletinOctober 5, 2011

On Tuesday, a day after the city found out about the dismissed restraining order, Teresa Spencer put in a request for a 30-day leave through the Family and Medical Leave Act. Ockomon said Spencer, who makes about $54000 a year, has been on intermittent ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Liberty Maritime Corporation Announces Change in Union Affiliation
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

Those vessels had previously been subject to a collective bargaining agreement between Liberty Maritime and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, District No. 1-PCD (MEBA), which expired September 30, 2011. The MEBA will continue to provide deck ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Merits of SB 736 pit Collier teachers vs. officials as Florida lawsuit awaits ...
Naples Daily NewsOctober 1, 2011

The law revised the evaluation, compensation and employment practices for teachers and instructional personnel. It tied evaluations based on student performance such as Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores and classroom observations to ...more »

Is Michigan headed into Right to Work territory?
The Saginaw News - MLive.comOctober 4, 2011

Right-to-work laws, in force in 22 states, do not ban unions but prohibit agreements between labor unions and an employer that make union membership and dues a job requirement. Such prohibitions make it harder for unions to organize, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Tottenham 2 - Arsenal 1: Harry Redknapp's heroes a sure-fire bet
Express.co.ukOctober 3, 2011

THE biggest compliment Tottenham can be paid is that it is no longer a shock when they take the north London bragging rights from Arsenal. They went into this derby as favourites for the first time in Premier League history, and they proved ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Durant wins case against fired principal
Quad City TimesOctober 5, 2011

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled today that a fired Durant, Iowa, principal cannot seek at least two years of income through wrongful termination and ordered the petition dismissed. The attorney for Monica Rouse didn't consider the decision a setback as ...more »

Government Employees
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Government pay raises highly irresponsible
Pekin Daily TimesOctober 1, 2011

However, when those pay hikes come during a time of such dire financial straits that thousands of employees in the public sector stand to lose their jobs, thousands of union workers saw their negotiated raises cancelled, numerous facilities face ...more »

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