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

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Obama signs bill on banking sanctions against Iran
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

Obama singed the bill into law although he has "serious reservations" about provisions regarding counter-terrorism efforts, including clauses that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. ...more »

Starting Jan. 1, state workers, families to pay more for medical care
Madison.comJanuary 1, 2012

... insurance services administrator for the state Department of Employee Trust Funds. The changes are part of a 5 percent reduction in the state health insurance system required under Act 10, the so-called budget repair bill that set off weeks of mass ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

Government Employees
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White House seeks to end government pay freeze
AFPJanuary 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is planning to end a two-year freeze on the salaries of government employees and propose a modest 0.5 percent pay raise in its fiscal 2013 budget, a US official said Friday. The official, who asked not to be named ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Gathering storm over 'right to work' in Indiana
Post-BulletinJanuary 3, 2012

Corporations view such laws as an important sign that a state has policies friendly to business. Labor leaders say that allowing workers to opt out of paying any money to the union that represents them weakens unions' finances, bargaining clout and ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Heller says he'll discuss immigration reform, but opposes DREAM act
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 6, 2012

Dean Heller on Friday promised to meet with Hispanic leaders to discuss immigration reform that might let more illegal immigrants become American citizens. But Heller said he still opposes the DREAM Act because he said it gives student benefits to ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Upland rejects Quincey claim
Contra Costa TimesJanuary 3, 2012

He filed a notice of claim with the city in November seeking unlimited damages over his termination in May. Quincey accuses the city of breaching his employment contract, wrongful termination and violating labor codes. He is also accusing Mayor Ray ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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People with HIV now live a better life
AsiaOneJanuary 3, 2012

Recently, UNAIDS supported an anti-discrimination campaign where we asked people to send in photographs in which they hold paper signs showing anti-discrimination slogans like "People living with HIV should have equal employment opportunities". ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability - Responsible reform? #spartacusreport
EkklesiaJanuary 9, 2012

Once a consultation has been started, regardless of whether there is a duty to consult, there are clear legal duties; particularly that there must be sufficient time allocated to complete that consulation. Examples from case law show that when disabled...more »

Employment Contracts
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CCA Awarded New Management Contract With Puerto Rico
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

In addition to providing the fundamental residential services relating to inmates, our facilities offer a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, religious services, life skills and employment training and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Workplace bullying
Daily American OnlineJanuary 15, 2012

Bullying is just a form of harassment. Most companies have policies in place to address this issue. Bullies are most successful if you're willing to keep quiet and just take it. Your friend may be hesitant to bring this to a supervisor's attention ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Pregnant women at work aren't unusual
ReporterNews.comJanuary 2, 2012

The Family Medical Leave Act, established in 1993, also provides protection for pregnant women who work for companies with 50 or more employees. Neal said the FMLA act requires employers to provide their employees — both men and women — with at least ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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License debate will likely be another train wreck
NMPolitics.netJanuary 26, 2012

By Heath Haussamen │ 1/26/12, 7:21 am │ Most agree that policymakers need to address issues with the law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, but the governor and many Democrats are at odds over what to do.more »

Federal Personnel
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Wisconsin swamped by concealed-carry applications
Chicago TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

The concealed carry law authorized $236700 drawn from application fees for 11 new DOJ hires to help process applications, including 10 six-month employees whose jobs will end in March. However, the agency has been operating with only 10 of the new ...more »

Taxpayers shell out $49M for retiring employees' sick time
Connellsville Daily CourierJanuary 2, 2012

The state is negotiating with 20 labor unions to reduce the number of annual sick days from 13 to 11, which could save about $14 million annually, said Dan Egan, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Office of Administration. The rate a worker is paid for an ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fireworks legal, but sales are stalled
WGMEJanuary 2, 2012

In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China. In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city's Calvary ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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FEINSTEIN v. SERVICE SOLUTIONS GROUP LLC
Leagle.comJanuary 4, 2012

Cindy King Feinstein appeals the district court's order denying her motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) seeking to reopen her civil action for wrongful termination and gender discrimination. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 USC § 1291 ...more »

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