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

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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...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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TRICARE Providers Not Considered Federal Contractors Under NDAA
Compensation.BLR.comJanuary 6, 2012

... network agreements are subcontractors for purposes of the Federal Acquisition Regulation or any other law [eg federal contractors subject to OFCCP jurisdiction], a TRICARE managed care support contract that includes the requirement to establish, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Can an E-Verify Mandate Be Enforced?
FrumForumJanuary 2, 2012

Enforcement of the law prohibiting the employment of illegal immigrants, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), enacted in 1986, has been pathetic. When the was first enacted, illegal migration from Mexico initially slowed to a trickle as ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Arbitrator to determine fate of six-period teaching day for OCSD
PallTimes.comJanuary 3, 2012

However, believing that the additional instructional time would not be conducive to maximizing the educational process, OCTA sought to block the change in schedule until it could go through collective bargaining. “(OCTA) alleged that (the OCSD's) ...more »

Labor Disputes
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• Right-to-Work bill moves forward to full state Senate
Reporter-TimesJanuary 9, 2012

Jim Robinson, a United Steelworkers director from Gary agreed with Abbott, saying it would be unfair to require unions to represent workers who choose not to pay dues in labor disputes. Though the bill is likely to pass both chambers and be sent to Gov ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Another View: Expand voluntary mental health services now
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Catherine Blakemore, executive director for Disability Rights California, is responding to the Dec. 18 editorial "Laura's Law needs help from Prop. 63" and Dan Morain's series on mental health. The editorial stated: "Assisted outpatient treatment has ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 4, 2012

... discriminate based on age," City Manager Mike Matthessaid. Other items in the protected category against discrimination include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation or gender identity.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Workplace discrimination
Xtra.caJanuary 3, 2012

Kyle Scanlon left a job because of workplace harassment. A recent Angus Reid poll that asked LGBT Canadians about workplace discrimination found that 93 percent describe their employer's overall attitude towards LGBT people in the workplace as tolerant ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Hospital posts executives' contract details
The Barrie AdvanceJanuary 4, 2012

MIDLAND - Contracts outlining Ontario hospital executives' employment agreements, including retirement packages and vacation benefits, were released for the first time Tuesday. Ontario hospitals became subject to provisions of the Freedom of ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Legislation would end tax credits for immigrants
Tidewater NewsJanuary 4, 2012

And it stands now, millions of undocumented workers are currently able to take advantage of this credit too. Under current law, the Internal Revenue Service allows individuals filing with an Individual Tax Identification Number to access the child tax ...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 »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Bad faith bargaining?
South Bend TribuneJanuary 23, 2012

Elsner agreed Michigan Public Act 54 allows employers to deduct from employee wages increases in insurance premiums when a contract expires and a new contract has yet to be enacted. She disagreed, however, with the amount collected by the school board ...more »

Federal Personnel
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No AFSPA protection for arrested CISF men: Omar
Hindustan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

One person was killed and two others were injured on Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village. The state government has promised action ...more »

We will do what must be done, Detroit financial review board says
Detroit Free PressJanuary 1, 2012

Detroit already plans to lay off up to 1200 workers, including police officers and firefighters, and must convince 48 labor unions to accept steep cuts in pension and health care benefits that would save the city more than $100 million a year. ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Yale and Brockway Township fire departments will start 2012 with a new leader.
Port Huron Times HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

If anyone wants to check the pulse of Michigan's ailing medical marijuana law, the answer is in our... Roman "Ray" Gribbs, who grew up on a farm in western St. For someone who never liked breakfast growing up, Carol Chargot knows a lot of ways to ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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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 »

Government Employees
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KSGEA urges govt to fill vacant posts
Times of IndiaJanuary 8, 2012

BELGAUM: L Bhyrappa, president of Karnataka State Government Employees Association (KSGEA) on Saturday urged the state government to recruit employees for the about 1.12 lakh vacant posts in different departments on priority basis. ...more »

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