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 »

Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Immigration, Affirmative Action on New High Court Docket; Health Reform Awaited
PBS NewsHourOctober 4, 2011

We have a critical case about affirmative action in higher education. This case is really important because it might be another place where the Roberts' court takes a step to the right and back from earlier decisions, giving some room. ...more »

Government Employees
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Social Security worker shot while on stroll near Woodlawn campus
Baltimore SunOctober 3, 2011

A spokeswoman for the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents many of the Social Security workers in Woodlawn, also had no information on the victim. "When it comes to employee safety, you can never be too cautious," said the ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Budget Panel Approves Union Exemption From Financial Disclosure
WFPLOctober 4, 2011

Financial impact statements show the total cost of the contracts between unions leaders and Metro Government over an entire negotiated deal. But council Democrats who support an amendment to the law say the disclosure of those costs would harm ...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 »

Labor Disputes
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Wisconsin Labor Leaders Want Gov. Rusk Portrait Removed
The New AmericanOctober 10, 2011

Although in his political career in Wisconsin, Rusk was often involved in labor disputes, he actually gained national recognition as a supporter of striking railroad workers. After that Rusk did send the militia to preserve the peace in the Bay View ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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EEOC Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Against Roberts Truck Center
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 3, 2011

EEOC Deputy District Director Elizabeth Cadle said, "We are pleased that this employer is taking appropriate steps to assure that no further harassment occurs in its workplaces. Federal law protects a woman's right to work without harassment because of ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Davis School Board to OK service dogs in meeting federal law
StandardNetOctober 3, 2011

Service animals are defined by law as either a dog or a miniature horse that is trained to perform tasks for the person with a disability, which includes physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Beus said currently there ...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 »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Rediscover respect: Hawaii LGBT students, workers remembered on National ...
The Hawaii IndependentOctober 11, 2011

... workers have made through their union contracts, including domestic partnership health coverage and family leave, mandated anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, and transgender health care,” Pride at Work Hawaii said in a statement. ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Red Cross seeks to get medical supplies into besieged Libya city
CNN InternationalOctober 1, 2011

A CNN team at the scene on Saturday morning witnessed a few families who managed to leave the city by a different road -- but only families living on the southern outskirts of Sirte, rather than the center of the city, could manage it. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Napolitano calls for 'reality check' in immigration enforcement debate
The HillOctober 5, 2011

She said ICE has expanded its investigations and criminal-tracking programs, partnered with the Border Patrol to clamp down on recent border crossers, increased audits and criminal prosecutions of employers who hire undocumented workers, ...more »

Federal Personnel
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High Court interrogation ruling due
The Press AssociationOctober 3, 2011

They argue the guidelines threaten to expose British troops, intelligence service agents and other personnel to charges of aiding and abetting torture. They were drawn up against the background of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...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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Union: Nixa fire chief's suspension lenient
Springfield News-LeaderOctober 1, 2011

Latimer wouldn't go into details about what those actions could be but said they would be administrative and promised service to citizens in the Nixa Fire District would not be affected. According to state law, firefighters are not allowed to strike or ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Stockbroker Wins Defamation Arbitration Against Former Employer
ForbesOctober 12, 2011

... slander on her Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration (the “Form U5″) and for attendant acts of defamation. Claimant Phinizy alleged that a wrongful Form U5 was filed against her by officers of Respondent Moody Securities, ...more »

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