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

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Jackson Health System tries to get out of a messy real estate deal
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 1, 2012

Board Chairman Marcos Lapciuc, an attorney, said, “We have case law on our side.” But Migoya said Jackson might have a hard time in court, he recommended settlement. Board member Stephen Nuell, also an attorney, objected to settling. ...more »

Money-laundering ring called 'one of most brazen'
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Recently unsealed court records, a lengthy indictment, and interviews with key players provide a rare window into an audacious four-year swindle prosecutors have called "one of the most brazen" in federal contracting history. The crime went undetected ...more »

Labor & Employment Law News and Stories

Affirmative Action
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China's 2011 trade surplus shrinks
Fin24January 10, 2012

University graduates do not address SA's employment needs and grants and affirmative action dampen desire to work in the country, says a labour analyst. Over 100 000 new jobs were created in December 2011, with temporary work growing the fastest, ...more »

Government Employees
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Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report
Huffington PostJanuary 5, 2012

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were lost in the government sector than any other industry in 2011, according to a report released Thursday ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Michael Louis Vinson's City Notes column: Some stories slighted in 2011
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 2, 2012

We've spilled a considerable amount of ink the last year on major Appleton government stories, including missives about the proposed convention center, Valley Transit funding, domestic partner benefits and, yes, even lemonade stands. ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Michelle Obama outmaneuvered Rahm
PoliticoJanuary 6, 2012

Kantor reports that the first lady managed to outmanuever the veteran Washington operator on two key internal administration fights involving health care reform and comprehensive immigration reform: The tug of war between Michelle Obama and Rahm ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Wal-Mart v. Dukes shakes up employment class actions
Chicago TribuneJanuary 10, 2012

In employment disputes, the motions have been raised in cases alleging discrimination and violation of labor laws. The defendants have argued that claims made by plaintiffs lacked commonality. Some defendants have also used the ruling as a tool to have ...more »

Discipline/Suspension
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School grading pilot reviewed at semester
Holyoke EnterpriseJanuary 11, 2012

The student policies cover the areas of admissions, attendance, rights and responsibilities, conduct, discipline, suspension and expulsion, health and welfare, records, publications and school-related activities. Miles categorized the policies in four ...more »

Rrb Disability
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PUSD board elects president, OKs referee payment system
Prescott Daily CourierJanuary 7, 2012

Those with assistance dogs are not required per federal law to possess, carry or provide identification verifying dogs' tasks that mitigate limitations imposed by disabilities. As for any conflict that may exist between federal and state law, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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USDOJ: Justice Department Settles with University of California San Diego ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)January 4, 2012

For more information about protections against employment discrimination under federal immigration law, call OSC's worker hotline at 1-800-255-7688 (1-800-237-2515, TDD for hearing impaired), OSC's employer hotline at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Mounties probe internal harassment as lawsuit looms
Montreal GazetteJanuary 31, 2012

The commission's inquiry, launched in November, will examine whether the RCMP followed laws and policies when investigating allegations of workplace harassment and conducted investigations in a thorough and impartial manner.more »

Employment Contracts
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Hospital presidents' bonuses revealed under new rules
Waterloo RecordJanuary 4, 2012

Phillips said Cambridge Memorial is glad to share the contract information, considering it released Gaskin's compensation package when he was hired. The Cambridge hospital did not post employment contract or termination documents for former hospital ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Where Jon Huntsman Stands on Issues Important to Latino Voters
Fox NewsJanuary 6, 2012

Huntsman has a mixed record when it comes to immigration. While he pushed for federal comprehensive immigration reform as governor, supported H-1b worker visas and even signed into law in Utah a bill granting undocumented immigrants "driving-privilege ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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LaGrange family struggles to save twins born with rare genetic disorder
Chronicle-TelegramJanuary 1, 2012

Brian Hurst was forced to take a leave from his job as lead carpenter with Hurst Design-Build-Remodeling. Fortunately for the family, Brian Hurst's insurance is still covering most of the medical bills. Casey Hurst is a stay-at-home mom and prides ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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750 SEIU workers considering their options
Ukiah Daily JournalJanuary 6, 2012

It would also mean that the county and SEIU both drop the unfair labor practice lawsuits they filed against each other with the state Public Employee Relations Board late last year, he said. Being careful to explain that the employees will decide with ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Public Employee Retirement Spikes [Albuquerque Journal, N.M.]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Both ERB and PERA are already grappling with solvency concerns, as their unfunded liabilities totaled more than $9 billion as of mid-2011. An unfunded liability is the difference between benefits to be paid out and assets on hand. ...more »

A new attitude in Albany: In his first year, Cuomo wasn't taking 'no' for an ...
Elmira Star-GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

For example, Cuomo reached new contract agreements with the state's major labor unions that did not include pay raises for the first several years. But he didn't push the unions to accept a new pension tier, either. Cuomo is expected to reintroduce his ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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2012 brings a spate of new laws
Jacksonville Journal-CourierJanuary 1, 2012

PA 97-0449 • New language specifies that a school board is allowed to suspend or expel a student who has made a explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, fellow student or any other school personnel. ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Courts Rule in Favor of 4Kids in Yu-Gi-Oh! Litigation
World ScreenJanuary 5, 2012

... Asatsu-DK Inc and TV Tokyo Corporation, which alleges that the company breached an agreement for failing to pay the licensors approximately $4.7 million with regard to certain audit claims. 4Kids has since filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it ...more »

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