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

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Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Five Quotes You Will Never Hear About Affirmative Action Planning
Interbiznet Bugler (press release)January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA, MD—January 26, 2012, 2 pm EST, When it comes to affirmative action planning, there are certain things you know you'll NEVER hear…until now! Berkshire Associates' latest FREE webcast brings human resource professionals together to explore ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Tennessee releases new immigration guidelines
Nashville Business JournalJanuary 4, 2012

The state of Tennessee has released guidelines related to immigration reform that was a hot topic for the business community last year. The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act is now in effect, requiring employers to follow new guidelines with all ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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What in store for 2012? One lawyer's view of industry trends
Boston.com (blog)January 4, 2012

Employment in the state's information services sector grew by 5 percent; professional services (which includes law firms) expanded by 4 percent; hospitality and health care grew by 3.6 and 3 percent, respectively; and manufacturing (led by technical ...more »

Labor Disputes
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“Bread and Roses'' still resonates
The Boston GlobeJanuary 11, 2012

It forced a vigorous national debate about factory conditions, child labor, the exploitation of immigrants, and the free exercise of First Amendment rights during labor disputes. On one side of the class divide in Lawrence was a rich, arrogant, ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Disability law should cover pregnant workers
CNNJanuary 10, 2012

By Jeannette Cox, Special to CNN Editor's note: Jeannette Cox is an associate professor of law at the University of Dayton who teaches employment discrimination. Her recent work analyzes the relationship between the Americans with Disabilities Act and ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Employment law changes for 2012
Ventura County StarJanuary 3, 2012

... Clark provides day-to-day advice to employers on all matters including handling terminations, development of employment policies and counseling employees. She has successfully defended employers in lawsuits involving harassment and discrimination, ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Houston Restaurant Chain Sued For Subjecting Bartenders to Sexual Harassment
JobmouseJanuary 25, 2012

EOC Regional Attorney Jim Sacher said, “Every company has a duty to protect its employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. And employees have a right to protect themselves from such harassment by coming to the EEOC.” The EEOC enforces federal ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Hospitals employing 32% more physicians
FierceHealthcareJanuary 9, 2012

Although 55.1 percent of physicians are not employed or under contract with hospitals, the report reveals that 20.3 percent are covered by a group contract, 17.3 percent are directly employed, and 7.2 percent have individual contracts, ...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 »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Acting Out War's Inner Wounds
OcalaJanuary 2, 2012

In the months after checking out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he found himself easily frustrated and, his wife said, perpetually angry. Envisioning threats in grocery stores and shopping malls, he stopped leaving his house and started drinking ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Firefighters' overtime about safety, not money
Snohomish County TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

Commissioner Katrina Boedecker ruled that the ordinance's existence is not enough to trigger an unfair labor practice. Still, it's a slap in the face to hire a private company to do work paid for with a special levy, Gagnon said. ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Boulder County commissioners vote to hire Ben Pearlman as county attorney -- again
Daily CameraJanuary 4, 2012

... members of the public did address the issue in an earlier session at the commissioner's office Tuesday morning, and several people spoke out on Pearlman's appointment. "A lot of people applied for this county attorney's job and personally I think ...more »

Daniels Maintains Public Is Behind Right-To-Work
WRTV IndianapolisJanuary 2, 2012

The governor maintains that unions are bucking the public by resisting right-to-work. "The public opinion is in favor of this issue, controversial as it is. Public opinion is very strongly for it, and so, for various reasons, I hope that after what I ...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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Former nurse assistant accuses attorney of malpractice
Ultimate KatyJanuary 4, 2012

According to the brief, Harris hired Pradia to represent him in his wrongful termination suit against Heritage Park, but Pradia failed to file the claim within the time allowed. Harris is seeking actual and exemplary damages, as well as court costs. ...more »

Government Employees
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INLAND: Fewer government workers earned $100000 in 2010
Press-EnterpriseJanuary 1, 2012

BY DUANE W. GANG There were 286 fewer local government workers in the Inland area making $100000 or more in 2010 compared to the year before, newly released state records show. The state controller's office began collecting the local government ...more »

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