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

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'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

Draft ICT Policy: Insufficient in outlook, deficient in prescriptions
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

These policies like the National Telecommunications Policy 2000, National Mass Communications Policy, and National Information Technology Policy 2000, received mentions only as it affects convergence of regulations. Notwithstanding how trite or ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Is It Bias? Is It Legal?
Inside Higher EdFebruary 3, 2012

Asked if Asian-American applicants face bias at top colleges, Hernandez said "after 10 years of doing this [counseling] and four years in Dartmouth admissions, I don't think it's intentional, but I think there is discrimination.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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LETTER: FAIR's crusade
Gadsden TimesFebruary 7, 2012

America's anti-immigration crusade in America is led by a nonprofit corporation from Kansas, Federation for American Immigration Reform, whose agenda is to use cities and states to test out their legislation to see if it is constitutional.more »

Collective Bargaining
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Arizona legislature: Ban on union bargaining sought for public sector
TriValley CentralFebruary 2, 2012

By PAUL DAVENPORT AP PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee on Wednesday voted along party lines for a Republican bill to ban collective bargaining with public employee unions and to impose other restrictions on labor groups for government employees.more »

Labor Disputes
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Farm Workers Plan Publix Hunger Strike Brandon Democrats Told
Patch.comFebruary 16, 2012

“We view this as a labor dispute,” said Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten. “The CIW is seeking to negotiate wages and working conditions of employment with the growers and the CIW is trying to drag Publix into these negotiations.more »

Rrb Disability
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Editorial: Disability claims swelling in recession
USA TODAYFebruary 3, 2012

So, too, is the boom in law firms specializing in getting people disability benefits. The system is so inefficient that applicants commonly have to wait two years for a decision, prompting them to hire lawyers. Those lawyers typically are paid a ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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The Hidden Costs of Harassment
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Stephen M. Paskoff When a high-profile harassment case disrupts the workplace it often leads managers and executives to revisit their personnel management standards and practices to ensure they have a good defense against litigation.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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US Justice Department files discrimination suit against Lee County on behalf ...
The RepublicFebruary 6, 2012

"No one should have to endure harassment because of his or her race or national origin in the workplace," said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said in an emailed news release. The workers reported the ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Spanish Service Sector Contracts Least In Six Months
NASDAQFebruary 3, 2012

(RTTNews.com) - The Spanish service sector activity continued to contract in January, but at the slowest pace in six months, the latest survey by Markit Economics revealed Friday. The headline seasonally adjusted business activity index rose to 46.1 in ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Are Undocumented College Graduates a Wasted Resource?
Campus ProgressFebruary 6, 2012

The United States is wasting a valuable resource by making it as difficult as possible for skilled, undocumented workers to hold jobs. “Brain drain” is a phenomenon in which the best-trained individuals flee the society where they originated to escape ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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President Bill Clinton on women's issues
soFeminine.co.ukFebruary 10, 2012

... abortions. he first major piece of legislation that President Bill Clinton signed into law was the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allowed workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid work leave to care for a new child or sick family member.more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Recent Ruling That Class Action Waivers Are Illegal Shows NLRB Remains Active
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

Cuda then filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, claiming that his collective action claim was protected “concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and that by disallowing the claim, the company violated the act.more »

Federal Personnel
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Saudi mulls labour, financial, legal reforms
Khaleej TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Financial, legal and labour reforms are under discussion and may be introduced as soon as this year. Fresh steps are expected to encourage firms to hire Saudis in senior positions; the stock market may be opened to direct foreign investment; ...more »

Super Bowl XLVI Stadium Crafted by Building Trades Union Project Labor...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Moreover, the project was constructed by Indiana's Building Trades Unions through a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Construction of the stadium was funded by the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana taxpayers. The use of Project Labor Agreements on the $700 ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Pawtucket council wants fire vehicles taken off the road now
Valley BreezeFebruary 1, 2012

At the time the ordinance was signed into law by former Mayor Jim Doyle on April 1, 2009, five fire prevention officers, two training and safety officers, and one hazardous materials officer had been taking cars home for more than 10 years.more »

Wrongful Termination
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Mo. House approves workplace discrimination bill
STLtoday.comFebruary 10, 2012

Despite several lawmakers voicing fears about reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, the Missouri House approved a measure that would change the rules for workplace discrimination cases heard in state court. The bill would require workers ...more »

Government Employees
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When can agencies monitor your email? FDA case sparks debate over policy
Federal TimesFebruary 5, 2012

"I think the FDA went too far in its zeal to monitor these employees," said Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group law firm, which represents employees in work disputes. "Employers who access [and] retain emails or other ...more »

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