Labor & Employment Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2012

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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...more »

Government Employees
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Bengal wants to drop 'right to strike' clause of govt staff
Indian ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Bose on Tuesday ruffled the feathers of trade unions when he told mediapersons that the government is planning to withdraw a clause in the Service Rule that gave full trade union rights to state government employees...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Indiana poised to enter right-to-work era as unions prep protest amid Super ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers were poised Wednesday to pass legislation that would make Indiana the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state and prohibit labor contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees. Meanwhile, union protesters ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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State of the Union: President Pleads for Immigration Reform
Bilingual WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now,” firmly stated President Obama “But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. to Dissolve Michigan Iron Nuggets Joint Venture ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

... reductions in current resource estimates; the ability to maintain adequate liquidity and successfully implement our financing plans; other problems or uncertainties with productivity, third-party contractors, labor disputes, weather conditions, ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Details Foggy on Hen Hud Staff Pot Investigation
The Daily HastingsFebruary 22, 2012

... the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education scheduled a board meeting to take place on Thursday at 6:30 pm to "discuss matters of the employment history of a particular person and / or matters leading to the promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Should pregnancy be considered a disability?
CBS MoneywatchFebruary 1, 2012

(MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY Because pregnancy is a temporary condition, it hasn't been covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the past. Recent expansions of the law have allowed for coverage under temporary conditions.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Employment of felons gains commission's attention
Springfield News-LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

While the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights has been working to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance, another group of individuals is also gaining attention: felons. George Davis, chairman, said the ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Shorts worker awarded £11500 after 'chilling' sectarian abuse
BBC NewsFebruary 9, 2012

A Catholic worker employed by Shorts/Bombardier has been awarded £11500 after he suffered serious sectarian harassment at the hands of a work mate. The man received a series of texts which a judge described as "chillingly frightening sectarian texts".more »

Employment Contracts
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50000 state workers still without a contract
Albany Times UnionFebruary 2, 2012

Thanks to a state law known as the Triborough Amendment, many of the existing conditions in public employee labor contracts remain in place when the old agreement expires. Thus workers can still get the same health insurance and other benefits such as ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Alabama immigration crackdown costing state billions: study
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

By Verna Gates | BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants, widely seen as the toughest in the United States, could cost the state's economy up to $10.8 billion, according to a new study. The Alabama law, passed in June, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Brazil Family Medicine constructing new facility
Brazil TimesFebruary 6, 2012

By TIFFANY FRY, Times Staff Reporter Patients with Brazil Family Medicine may be driving to a new location to see their doctor next year. Brazil Family Medicine, Dr. David Breitweiser's family practice, plans to construct a new medical facility.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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EGT, union make deal
Capital Press (subscription)February 2, 2012

The provision is a way to avoid violating federal labor law, which prohibits a company from designating a union before it hires a workforce. * Both EGT and the union will drop unfair labor practice claims and other litigation.more »

Federal Personnel
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House votes to freeze congressional, federal pay
Washington Post (blog)February 2, 2012

The bill would need to be approved by the Senate before becoming law. In advance of the vote, Republicans touted a Congressional Budget Office report published Monday that said federal employees on average earn about 2 percent more than private sector ...more »

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, unions reach tentative deals
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By Suzette Hackney and Steve Neavling Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's administration has reached tentative agreements -- contracts with substantial worker concessions -- with a significant number of the city's 48 labor unions in a down-to-the-wire effort to ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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WSAZ INVESTIGATES: Carbon Monoxide Detectors Not Required in W.Va. Hotels
WSAZ-TVFebruary 1, 2012

By state law in West Virginia, they're not required. One man died Tuesday morning and 16 were taken to the hospital from extremely high carbon monoxide levels inside the Holiday Inn Express. Like most hotels, it does not have carbon monoxide detectors.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Warner Bros. Lawyers Send Cease-and-Desist Letter to Charlie Sheen (Exclusive)
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 15, 2012

Lawyers for the Two and a Half Men studio, which in September settled Sheen's $100 million wrongful termination lawsuit over his firing from the hit sitcom, have sent a cease and desist letter to the actor, the FX network and production company ...more »

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