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

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Someone You MUST Know: Immigration Equality Advocate & Author Judy Rickard
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

By Heidi Mann, Associate Editor Sun, Jan 01, 2012 More attention is needed for the matter of US immigration reform and extending rights to LGBT binational couples. When it comes to gay rights and the 1000+ practical/financial benefits of marriage in ...more »

Bankruptcies And Distress In 2012
Business InsiderJanuary 1, 2012

Filing for Chapter 11 protection on October 31 at least in part due to bad bets made on European sovereign debt, MF Global led the onslaught of bankruptcies, with the 8 th largest chapter 11 filing in American history. American Airlines – the lone ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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The Affirmative Action Map
NBC Chicago (blog)January 3, 2012

By Edward McClelland That's what Crain's Chicago Business's ace political reporter Greg Hinz suggests in a column this week. Hinz points out that the “Map For A Better Chicago,” favored by Ald. Richard Mell, Rahm Emanuel and the black caucus, ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Newt Gingrich as the new savior of immigration reform
OB RagJanuary 11, 2012

And he still touts himself as the “savior of immigration reform”. Here to refute that image is an article by San Diego immigration lawyer Carlos Batara written just before Christmas, but obviously still relevant. Batara also takes a swipe at President ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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NLRB says employers cannot restrict all avenues to class claims through waivers
WisBarJanuary 10, 2012

The Board noted that intrusions on policies underlying the FAA are limited, nexplaining that while retail and service industry contracts might cover many thousands of claimants with similar claims, most class-wide employment litigation does not. ...more »

Labor Disputes
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NLRB Changes Representation Election Rules
JD Supra (press release)January 24, 2012

Now excluded from the hearing would be disputes concerning whether particular individuals or job categories should be included in or excluded from the unit. Such a determination can be especially critical when the issue is whether certain individuals ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Mary Berglund's abuse case sparks action to improve student safety
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 1, 2012

"We've been trying to get this for a dozen years," said Spitzer-Resnick, managing attorney for the advocacy group Disability Rights Wisconsin. "Every case that happens like this builds momentum for why we need legislation." Abraham and Spitzer-Resnick ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Enoch council reviews policy
St. George Daily SpectrumJanuary 5, 2012

After a brief discussion, the council agreed to allow City Manager Robert Dotson to move ahead with revising the city's affirmative action policy, which he said was outdated. He said he developed his own plan to be included in the Enoch personnel ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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More sexual assault at work reported
AsiaOneJanuary 5, 2012

"About 100 to 200 million women in China have suffered or are suffering sexual harassment in the workplace, but only very few legal service centers provide counseling," Guo said. Chen Wei, an attorney specializing in women's rights protection at Ying ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Text of E-Verify proposal with commentary on some of the more controversial ...
Springfield News-LeaderJanuary 8, 2012

Nothing in this Ordinance shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding now pending in any court or any rights acquired or liability incurred nor any cause or causes of action occurred or existing, under any act or ordinance repealed hereby. ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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DFA exec: Most of over 4500 Pinoys in Syria undocumented
GMA NewsJanuary 3, 2012

"Many of them went there with wrong information provided by illegal recruiters," he said, adding that most of the undocumented Filipinos are household service workers. Statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) show that ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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The top stories of 2011
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 1, 2012

On a particularly bad evening, more than 130 staff members spent the night at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, unable to leave. The hospital also leased four 4-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up other staff members. 3. ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Year in Review: July-August 2011
Metrowny.comJanuary 5, 2012

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home employee union representatives upped the ante in the ongoing labor negotiations between the two unions and the BCH and JBR administration by filing unfair labor practice charges against ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Fires, homicides dominated 2011 crime
Cleveland Daily BannerJanuary 2, 2012

by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer LAW ENFORCEMENT personnel were out in numbers during the 2012 New Year's weekend, performing DUI Checkpoints around the county. Tennessee Highway Patrol and Bradley County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit personnel...more »

Nigerian Unions Urge Strikes Over Scrapped Gas Subsidy
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By DREW HINSHAW Nigeria's two largest labor unions on Wednesday called for strikes and protests they said would paralyze this economy, Africa's third-biggest, after the government ended a subsidy that had long kept gas prices within the reach of its ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fire Attacks At NYC Homes, Islamic Center Probed
SalonJanuary 3, 2012

This attack and three others in the neighborhood, including one on a globally prominent Islamic cultural center, are being investigated as possibly linked bias crimes. (AP Photo/NYPD) (Credit: AP) NEW YORK (AP) — A police security tower rose into the ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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LAWRENCE v. TURNER'S OUTDOORSMAN CORP.
Leagle.comJanuary 9, 2012

... Turner's Outdoorsman, Inc. ("Turner's"), as to his claims for race discrimination and harassment, retaliatory discharge, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), Cal. ...more »

Government Employees
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Mayor: Explaining the Impact of Public Employee Pension and Health Care ...
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

The firefighters will be receiving wage adjustments of 1.25% on January 1 st and July 1 st of each of the three contract years. The City's contracts with the public works union and the library workers union were not due to expire until the end of 2012. ...more »

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