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

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Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.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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Does Affirmative Action Work?
Claremont Port SideOctober 5, 2011

Last Thursday, in a ballroom energetically charged with dozens of young college students just ending a week of midterms, expert panelists deliberated the merits of affirmative action. Although the Pomona Student Union organized event was ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Obama's Jobs Council recommends easing US visa laws
Visa BureauOctober 11, 2011

Leading American business figures have submitted a report to the President calling for a range of measures aimed at creating jobs and stimulating the economy, including immigration reform. The US President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has ...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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Bud Selig has no labor timetable
ESPNOctober 11, 2011

Both the NFL and NBA have been in contentious labor disputes this year. NFL owners locked out their players for more than four months before coming to a new 10-year deal in July. NBA owners locked out their players on July 1 and the league has canceled ...more »

Rrb Disability
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National Council on Disability Board Member Confirmed
PR Newswire (press release)October 5, 2011

Koch began Yale at 16 years of age and became a lawyer, with a degree from Harvard Law, by age 23. He has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in Religious Studies from Yale where he was the President of the Student Disability Community. ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Suit claims non-Hispanic hotel workers fired in CO
ForbesOctober 3, 2011

Mary Jo O'Neill, regional attorney for the EEOC, the agency that handles workplace discrimination cases, said the lawsuit is unusual because minorities are typically the parties bringing complaints forward. "I've been doing this work for 30-some years ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Is your co-worker being abused at home?
Brockville Recorder and TimesOctober 4, 2011

As of June 2010, Bill 168 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act was amended for employers to have policies and procedures relating to violence and harass-m e nt in the workplace to include a section on domestic violence as well. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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VC seeks agreement with SEIU
The Miscellany NewsOctober 5, 2011

These positions were never guaranteed in the previous contracts; they were only offered as they became available. Spencer explained, "if one accepts a position at Vassar that is an academic year job, then your employment is consistent with the ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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JOEY KENNEDY: We can approach illegal immigration humanely -- or not
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)October 4, 2011

Undocumented workers wouldn't be here if people weren't hiring them. The law should zero in on the individuals, companies and businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Take away the demand, and the problem lessens. Some people say these immigrants ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Relatives forced to leave the deceased
Greensboro News & RecordOctober 2, 2011

“They're being outright unclaimed by family because family members claim they have no money,” said Clyde Gibbs, North Carolina's chief medical examiner, whose agency has seen an increase from 45 unclaimed bodies in 2006 to 73 in 2010. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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House Small Business Committee Hearing
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkOctober 6, 2011

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is a nonprofit, public interest law firm established to provide legal resources and be the voice for small businesses in the nation's courts through representation on issues of public interest affecting small ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Our view: Sheriff's employee bonuses are out of line
St. Augustine RecordOctober 1, 2011

May we remind the sheriff that the County Commission raised county property taxes to help to pay for a new multi-million dollar communications system to improve law enforcement and rescue personnel's ability to do their job? ...more »

Union Busting 101 for First-Time Filmmakers
ReutersOctober 2, 2011

Though they prefer to call themselves guilds, they are labor unions consisting for the most part of the WGA, DGA, SAG, IATSE and Teamsters. The Producers Guild is not technically a labor union; it's a trade group. There are numerous other unions and ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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File: suspect visited strip club on duty
Toledo BladeOctober 4, 2011

26 for taking sick time using the Family Medical Leave Act. In the letter, Captain Kaminski wrote that, on Sept. 9, Mr. Wolever took a city vehicle home during the day and did not bring it back until hours later when he was called at home. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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In trial, ex-NJ consumer affairs official alleges firing was act of retribution
NJ.comOctober 4, 2011

Fischer is suing for wrongful termination. NEWARK — Stanley Fischer calls himself a whistleblower for the state, but New Jersey says he's the one who did wrong. Fischer, 59, said he was fired from his 16-year job at the state Division of Consumer ...more »

Government Employees
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Mixed job picture when Romney was Mass. governor
The Associated PressOctober 1, 2011

One area that saw little overall change was the number of public employees. A drop in the number of federal workers in Massachusetts during Romney's years in office was more than made up for with a 2.7 percent increase in workers on the state payroll, ...more »

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