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

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Finally, some good news on the uninsured
Houston ChronicleOctober 1, 2011

It's critical for our kids, our parents, our friends and neighbors and our health care jobs that they find solutions that protect the federal government's commitment to Medicaid. Proposals like block grants and spending caps would simply make more ...more »

Many of state's Friendly's franchises won't be hurt by bankruptcy
Ct PostOctober 1, 2011

While unlikely to threaten their ice cream places, customers and business experts saw the potential bankruptcy as an indication of the economy's state. "You'd think a place like this would be OK with its moderate prices," Furrer said. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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LaMalfa visits Corning Tea Party Patriots
Corning ObserverOctober 8, 2011

Doug LaMalfa said the state redistricting "was like affirmative action for certain candidates," and accused Democrats of manipulating the process for political gain. Hands were raising like a classroom of enthusiastic students as LaMalfa, R-Richvale, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society
Deseret NewsOctober 3, 2011

But legal workers have refused to fill the agricultural and manual labor jobs usually held by undocumented immigrants, even though many pay more than minimum wage. Millions of dollars worth of produce now lies rotting in Alabama fields for lack of ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Wisconsin Democrats Ready Effort To Recall Gov. Scott Walker
Wall Street Journal (blog)October 11, 2011

Walker has become the face of the anti-union movement with proposals that took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. Earlier this year, the state saw a series of large protests at the state capital, on college campuses ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Partners from Houston Complex Commercial Litigation Boutique AZA Earn Top 100 ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 4, 2011

He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been recognized as one of the country's leading labor & employment law attorneys by Chambers USA. A nationally recognized expert in employment law, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Legal Eagles: Award-Winning Firm Protects Interests of the Vulnerable
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

The Begley Law Group—which has a Moorestown office—specializes in elder and disability law. By Catherine Laughlin Tom Begley Jr. is no stranger to legal victories. In mid-August, Begley and his firm, Begley Law Group PC., were lauded as one of ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Dallas, Texas Employment Law Specialist Highlights Key Federal Discrimination Laws
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)October 3, 2011

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information against an applicant or employee. While all of these federal statutes prohibit employment discrimination, the specific prohibitions and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Bullying in workplace must be handled
News & ObserverOctober 2, 2011

Bullying, like its big brother, harassment, is usually an inappropriate exercise of power. Your options as an employee-victim of repeated bullying are basic: Confront the bully, or seek help from a manager. Most bullies like passive victims, ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update
Imperial Valley NewsOctober 10, 2011

AB 267 by Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland) –Employment contracts. A veto message can be found here. · AB 325 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) –Employee's right to bereavement leave. A veto message can be found here. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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The Economic Reality Of Tough Immigration Laws
NPROctober 9, 2011

"As they undercut the prices for their subcontractors, you begin to see people no longer in the drywall business, [it's] more difficult to be in the painting business, bricklaying or that sort of thing," Beason says, using the example of a construction...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Moms take care of business and family from home
Staunton News LeaderOctober 2, 2011

She checks emails and quotas around 5:30 am from the family computer in the basement beside the twins' Aquadoodle Mini-mats. After she makes breakfast, her husband and son leave for the day. The morning is filled with toddler activities. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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New mandatory federal employment law poster
Lexology (registration)October 11, 2011

Failure to post the notice may be treated as an unfair labor practice charge, and a knowing and willful failure to post the notice may be considered to be evidence of an unlawful motive in an unfair labor practice case where the employer's motive is an ...more »

Federal Personnel
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill for some searches without warrants
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Special high-tech, law-enforcement personnel are empowered to check that discs contain legally required identification information. The law imposes potentially large fines for violations. "The crime of illegal mass reproduction of music and movies is a ...more »

Victoria Police investigate Thomson matter
NinemsnOctober 4, 2011

Victoria police will investigate allegations that a union credit card belonging to Labor MP Craig Thomson was misused to pay for prostitutes. It's been alleged Mr Thomson's Health Services Union credit card was used to pay for prostitutes and lavish ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Where is the accountability?
The Herald-MailOctober 2, 2011

Their 1995 law — because it has no restrictions — gave the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association the right to do whatever it wants with the money — without telling local government. That is in large part what has happened. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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City must turn over e-mails for Mehring suit
The Spokesman ReviewOctober 7, 2011

The City of Spokane must produce e-mails regarding its contract with a police department psychologist as part of preparation for a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a detective, a judge ruled this week. Defense lawyer Bob Dunn requested the e-mails ...more »

Government Employees
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Greece Bracing for 24-Hour Strike as 30000 Workers May Be Cut
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

The country's largest public-sector union, known as ADEDY, called the strike for tomorrow to protest the government's 6.6 billion euros ($8.7 billion) plan to put 30000 public workers on reduced pay, raise property taxes and cut pensions and wages. ...more »

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