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

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Bustling again - Pro's Ranch Market reinvigorates El Paseo ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Anchorage-based Alaska Structures, which makes shelters for the military as well as commercial customers, originally moved into the location at 301 Rea Blvd., when it also started to lease 100000 square feet at the previously empty building at 8500 ...more »

2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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What would King say? Write a speech, vote on others!
USA TODAYJanuary 12, 2012

Affirmative action? Gay rights? Would he address income inequality, inner-city violence, equal pay for women? What words would he use to inspire the nation? By noon Wednesday, submit your version of a modern-day King speech through our USA TODAY ...more »

Government Employees
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TOWN HALL: We must cut city employee benefit
Colorado Springs GazetteJanuary 2, 2012

No one wants to see the futures of government employees threatened or diminished in any way, and no one wants to see them burdened with new costs. It's cold, hard reality. Anyone tempted to view this as a needless attack on public employees should ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Merit pay coming for some city employees
The Sheboygan PressJanuary 9, 2012

Scott Walker signed into law a provision that sharply limited collective bargaining rights for public employees as part of the 2011-13 state budget. New work rules, set by city management, went into effect last week, affecting the newly non-represented ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Immigration proposal not seen as major step
TucsonSentinel.comJanuary 11, 2012

Comprehensive immigration reform it is not: That's what many are saying about the Obama administration's recently announced plan to ease restrictions on illegal immigrants trying to re-enter the United States after applying for legal status. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Year of the Oops: 2011 Was Spent in Reverse
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

The 31000-member Machinists union at Boeing Co. last month approved a contract extension, settling one of the biggest labor disputes in recent years. The deal ended opposition to a new nonunion plant in South Carolina. The National Labor Relations ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Littler Unveils Eight Challenges for Global Employers: Dangerous Workplaces ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 4, 2012

Global Mobility - Related to the arbitration trend below, employment contracts are critical to global mobility. A confluence of demographic trends, including the fact that some countries have as high as 70 percent expatriates or migrants in their ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Court: Certain religious employees can't sue for job bias
USA TODAYJanuary 11, 2012

She sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act when she lost her job at a Lutheran school. The Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church said Cheryl Perich violated a core church principle by bringing her grievance to the EEOC rather than using ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Council questions nonrenewal of 100 casuals
Inquirer.netJanuary 3, 2012

Citom office head Rafael Yap said he recommended the nonrenewal of contracts of 12 casual employees assigned in his office due to absenteeism, tardiness and administrative and criminal complaints for discourtesy and fixing. Young said 170 job-order ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Pensions will challenge in 2012
Vancouver SunJanuary 3, 2012

By DARAH HANSEN, Vancouver Sun January 2, 2012 3:48 PM Employee pensions promise to dominate British Columbia's labour landscape in the coming year, according to Vancouver employment lawyer Larry Page. “Given demographics, and the increasing percentage ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Focusing on family helps mothers of technology-dependent children function
Medical XpressJanuary 5, 2012

Toly's research is one of the first longitudinal studies to see how families function and reach normalcy once children leave the hospital equipped with technology to keep them alive. She studied 82 mothers, recruited during visits to a hospital's ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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The changing faces of Iowa
The Guardian (blog)January 2, 2012

I shot up my sign to speak not just for me, but for the estimated 11 million people who are stuck in the same legal limbo. "I'M AN AMERICAN W/O PAPERS," the sign read. "Illegal immigrants shouldn't get special treatment," Romney told the voter. ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Fired YDC employee had history of misconduct
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 8, 2012

23. TAYLOR'S PERSONNEL FILE also revealed some past problems with the law. In filling out a Georgia Security Questionnaire Loyalty Oath, she reported three incidents where she was convicted by federal, state or other law enforcement authorities. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB Postpones Notice Posting Deadline; Regulation Now Set to Take Effect April 30
BNAJanuary 3, 2012

But the judge also questioned NLRB's authority to treat a failure to post the new employee rights notice as an unfair labor practice. “Aren't you amending the statute in the way they're complaining about?” Jackson asked a board attorney. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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'Biased' assisted suicide report under fire from critics
The Christian InstituteJanuary 5, 2012

The Bishop continued, “the majority of commissioners, appointed personally by Lord Falconer, were already in favour of changing the law to legitimise assisted suicide.” Sarah Wooton, from the lobby group Dignity in Dying, said that she hoped the report ...more »

Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
Seattle Post IntelligencerJanuary 2, 2012

A State Department report last summer said the pipeline would create up to 6000 jobs during construction. The payroll tax cut law gives the Obama administration 60 days to decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline. ...more »

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