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

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Judge to rule on 'practical farmer' law
Charleston GazetteMarch 1, 2012

"We're in the business of bottling water. It is what it is. It's food management." The constitution, however, conflicts with the 1911 law in terms of who should be eligible to take part in an election, Helmick's lawyer, Alex Macia said.more »

Connecticut Senate approves bill that permits municipal oversight over solid ...
Milford-Orange BulletinMarch 1, 2012

“This bill closes a major loophole in a law that took that power away from local authorities and unintentionally put people and natural resources in harm's way. The law and the policy of our state has always been that municipalities have the authority ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Speaker says affirmative action still needed to combat discrimination
LimaOhio.comMarch 22, 2012

LIMA — The executive director of the American Association for Affirmative Action said today that affirmative action is a remedy for discrimination, stressing that one still does exist and the other is badly needed. “They say this is a post-racial ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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States push immigration reform
Delta Farm PressMarch 6, 2012

• In Alabama, the state's Farmers Federation expects the legislature to explore changes to the state's strict immigration law. • In Georgia, the Farm Bureau, as part of its legislative priorities for 2012, will “continue to working for federal reform” ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Looking for a reason: The Detroit Financial Review Team, its closed-door ...
MLive.comMarch 1, 2012

The Open Meetings Act is one of those sacrosanct rules that helps ensure our “government of the people” is really acting “for the people.” As US Circuit Judge Damon Keith famously said: “democracies die behind closed doors.” Given the importance of ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Martinez wins battle over NM labor board selection
KOB.comMarch 13, 2012

Susana Martinez has won a legal fight that potentially gives her control of a state board that referees disputes over working conditions and union contracts affecting government workers and some educators. A state labor leader said Tuesday that unions ...more »

Rrb Disability
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Tammerlin Drummond: Little known provision could help mentally ill
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 4, 2012

What is not as well known is that an individual can also be placed on a 72-hour hold if he is deemed "gravely disabled." Under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, grave disablement means a person is unable to provide food, shelter or clothing for himself.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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EEOC Commissioner Feldblum Talks to the Proactive Employer About EEO Compliance
SBWire (press release)March 9, 2012

Bristol, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/09/2012 -- Host Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph.D., and Commissioner Feldblum will discuss the EEOC's recently-approved Strategic Plan and how the Agency will engage employers in preventing employment discrimination.more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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International Women's Day: Sexual harassment at the workplace
DI-VEMarch 7, 2012

by Kelly Iles - editorial@di.ve.com The term sexual harassment was introduced in the 70s. The Equal Employment Opportunity Comission (EOCC) defines sexual harassment as the unlawful harassment of a person based on sexual descrimination.more »

Employment Contracts
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RPT-UPDATE 2-Critics question cost as consultants nip and tuck SEC
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

A spokesman for Booz Allen Hamilton acknowledged the company is under contract with the SEC, but declined to discuss the details about the work being performed. The SEC has acknowledged the need for an internal facelift. Government watchdogs found in a ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Day Labor Rule Blocked in Arizona Immigration Law
Fox NewsMarch 1, 2012

Manual laborers, mostly undocumented workers from Mexico, frequent this corner in Tucson every morning before dawn.2008 Getty Images Phoenix – People picking up day laborers will be allowed to stop traffic after a federal judge blocked a provision of ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Patient Reacts to Medical Marijuana Business Raids
KULR-TVMarch 3, 2012

The US Attorneys Office has not released any details regarding the searches in early March. You have indicated this comment should be removed. Please explain why you are flagging this comment (10 characters or more required.) ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Obama appointee upholds controversial NLRB rule
Legal News LineMarch 2, 2012

"But it also holds that the provision of Subpart B that deems a failure to post to be an unfair labor practice, and the provision that tolls the statute of limitations in unfair labor practice actions against employers who have failed to post, ...more »

Federal Personnel
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When school district payouts are large, silence gets loud
Pioneer PressMarch 4, 2012

Several months later, in a bid to dodge unspecified legal claims, Farmington struck an agreement with its veteran director of administrative services, Rosalyn Pautzke. The district paid her three months' salary and accrued leave, for a total of about ...more »

Labor unions aim to repair tense division over Obama's rejection of pipeline
In-ForumMarch 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Trade unions representing workers who stand ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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County distributes grant funds to law enforcement, emergency services
Alpine AvalancheMarch 1, 2012

... the court that the county had around $155000 left in Homeland Security grants from 2009 and 2010 that needs to be spent in the next few months — and local law enforcement and emergency service entities were on hand to request some of the funding.more »

Wrongful Termination
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STEVENS v. SODEXO, INC.
Leagle.comMarch 7, 2012

This case, removed from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in June 2011, involves an employee suing a former employer and former supervisor for wrongful termination and identity theft, among other claims. Before the Court are defendant ...more »

Government Employees
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Bloomberg and unions escalate war of words on pension reform
New York Daily NewsMarch 6, 2012

“We will continue to provide those generous packages to all current employees, but the stark reality is we simply cannot afford it for new employees,” he said. “The reforms we support would save local governments billions, while still providing ...more »

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