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

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Is the tide turning? NSW Government proposes lifting ban on uranium exploration
Clayton UtzMarch 1, 2012

The Mining Act 1992 (and regulations under it) will be amended as well, to list uranium as a "mineral" and therefore make it subject to that Act in the same way as other minerals are. Among other things, this means that an exploration licence under ...more »

Banking/Court win for Lehman Europe clients
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

It declared they had rights to reclaim the money, even though Lehman Europe had not kept it separate from the rest of the bankrupt firm's operations. Hedge funds feared they would have to take their place along with other unsecured creditors, ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Column: A new challenge to affirmative action
Worthington Daily GlobeMarch 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO — Is it time to end affirmative action? As you would expect from someone who has written about this subject for more than 25 years, my answer is nuanced. SAN DIEGO — Is it time to end affirmative action? As you would expect from someone who ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Canada's Aussie rules immigration reform
Macleans.caMarch 1, 2012

Most changes mentioned by Kenney are inspired by the Australian immigration system. Mikal Skuterud, an economist at the University of Waterloo quoted in The Globe article, says such changes could effectively mean Canada would favour young immigrants, ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Tim Burga: Should Ohio become a right-to-work state? | No
Columbus DispatchMarch 1, 2012

It also found that, overall, two-thirds (66 percent) of those voting say they favor collective bargaining, including a 60 percent majority of independents and even a significant minority (43 percent) of Republicans. Unfortunately, this anti-worker law...more »

Labor Disputes
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Harford teacher contract talks – for two years – still unresolved
Baltimore SunMarch 2, 2012

Those talks began as the union and school system were still going through a new binding arbitration process – initiated by a 2010 state law – regarding the teachers' 2011-12 contract. Harford's teachers still have not received any of the 3 percent cost ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Norfolk retirement center widens dining policy again
The Virginian-PilotMarch 6, 2012

... had been working with the residents the past two weeks to file complaints to state and federal agencies that enforce the Fair Housing Act and the American with Disabilities Act. She said in an email that she was happy with the revised policy, ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Perlman: Brown not speaking for NU on LGBT
Omaha World-HeraldMarch 9, 2012

Brown also questioned whether he would have been criticized if he had testified in support of the anti-discrimination proposal. “Should every employee from the University of Nebraska have to say that they're not representing the university?more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Sexual harassment on campuses
The Express TribuneMarch 9, 2012

Teachers and students alike have a responsibility to maintain a harassment-free workplace. A number of steps can be taken to reduce the risk of sexual harassment occurring in the workplace. Adoption of a clear sexual harassment policy is the first step ...more »

Employment Contracts
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Nashville schools chief makes financial disclosures late
The TennesseanMarch 5, 2012

However, Register's employment contract contains a provision requiring him to comply with the city's ethics law and Dean's executive order. Although his disclosure statements for the two missed years are now on file with the Metro Clerk, ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Palace: DFA trying to reach undocumented Pinoy workers in Syria
GMA NewsMarch 3, 2012

Malacañang on Saturday reassured relatives of undocumented overseas Filipino workers in Syria that Philippine authorities there are trying to reach their loved ones and get them out of harm's way. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Midwest twisters leave 10 dead
Topeka Capital JournalMarch 1, 2012

Back in Harrisburg, the winds were strong enough to blow the walls off some rooms at the local medical center, leaving disheveled beds and misplaced furniture. The staff had enough warning to move the most endangered patients. Then they heard the walls ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Business Groups Allege Ruling One-Sided and Prejudiced
Human Resources JournalMarch 3, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board has for long been overseeing elections for labor unions and investigating and rectifying unfair labor practices. The Board assessed that there were many employees who did not come under the umbrella of any union and ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Bill OKs school prayer participation of personnel
NECNMarch 1, 2012

(AP) — A proposal that would allow school personnel to participate in student-initiated religious activities on school grounds has passed the House. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Phillip Johnson of Pegram was unanimously approved 93-0 on ...more »

Cooch Still Backs McDonnell on Dulles-Rail PLA
Bacon's RebellionMarch 1, 2012

How can you say it doesn't require the participation of labor unions? Barnett, you don't know what's going on with Dulles Rail, Tysons Corner or much else in Fairfax County. First, it's unfair that the Dulles Toll Road users are paying the lion's share ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Tenure Charges Against Manalapan Principal Revealed
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

The second charge indicates that Simon endangered students and employees by breaking numerous regulations. Five counts of this charge are Simon permitting school fire drills in violation of policy, the sixth count said that Simon held a Pep Rally ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former employee sues Hammons Hotels for wrongful termination
West Virginia RecordMarch 13, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A former employee is suing John Q. Hammons Hotels after she claims her employment was wrongfully terminated after she filed a workers' compensation claim. Chris Torsleff, Ashley Smoak and Melanie Linger were also named as defendants in ...more »

Government Employees
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Ethics panel: Let voters decide whether VIP frills for city employees are OK
Sun-SentinelMarch 2, 2012

By Andrew Abramson, The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach should no longer be able to hold a private VIP party for select employees, elected officials, their guests and sponsors without first discussing it with the public, the Palm Beach County Ethics ...more »

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