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

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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Taking affirmative action personally
CNNMarch 7, 2012

The storyline involves the contentious issue of affirmative action, which is central to Fisher vs. University of Texas, a case that is scheduled to come before the court this fall. It will cast a spotlight on two of the court's justices: Sonia ...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 »

Collective Bargaining
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Appeal expected after judge rejects law banning project labor agreements
Crain's Detroit BusinessMarch 3, 2012

"This ruling was wrongly decided, and it is in direct conflict with the Washington, DC, circuit's favorable decision … which upheld President George W. Bush's 2001 executive order prohibiting government-mandated PLAs and discrimination on the basis of ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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OUR OPINION: Kong case highlights need for immigration reform
Wicked LocalMarch 3, 2012

6 raid on his Careswell Street home, which came nearly 20 years after he missed a hearing to get a green card. And he's right. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were following the law when they took him into custody and began proceedings ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Canada PM Defends Intervention In Air Canada Labor Disputes
Wall Street JournalMarch 9, 2012

Under Canadian law, it's illegal for employees to strike or be locked out while the board reviews contract negotiations. The CIRB's job is to determine if a work stoppage would be "an immediate and serious danger to the safety and health of the public.more »

Discipline/Suspension
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Why Florida Schools Can Paddle Students Against Parents' Wishes
WUSF 89.7 NewsMarch 13, 2012

... representative “shall not be civilly or criminally liable for any action carried out in conformity with the State Board of Education and district school board rules regarding the control, discipline, suspension, and expulsion of students.more »

Rrb Disability
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Plateau law requires terraces to be universally accesible
CTV.caMarch 6, 2012

The borough has adopted a law that requires terraces to be universally accessible. Back in 2009, people with disabilities and visual limitations were upset they couldn't get around easily on mount-royal avenue's sidewalks.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Flint, Michigan Passes LGBT Housing Non-Discrimination Ordinance
Lez Get RealMarch 5, 2012

Equality Michigan is thrilled that Flint, Michigan has passed their own Non-Discrimination Ordinance. Flint, home of Michael Moore, passed a bill that includes protections for LGBT people in housing and public accommodations and adds to the one that ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Demoted for views, NASA specialist going to court
WND.comMarch 3, 2012

“A trier could find it suspicious that defendant initially investigated plaintiff for workplace harassment, issued a written warning that was later rescinded, and demoted plaintiff for reasons separate from the alleged workplace harassment.more »

Employment Contracts
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NZ POLITICS DAILY: Unions could be sued for damages
National Business ReviewMarch 6, 2012

Such secondary action, or blacklisting, was banned under National's 1991 Employment Contracts Act and also in 2000 under Labour's Employment Relations Act. That means these actions expose the unions to legal action and potentially even being sued for ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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Imagine a day without a Mexican
CNNMarch 2, 2012

President Reagan's 1986 immigration reform law penalizes employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. This policy has generated a black-market business for fake identity documents. In less than an hour you can obtain a fake green card, ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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The Parent Trap
Gant DailyMarch 2, 2012

These franchise companies manage everything from packing boxes to finding a real estate agent for moving the elderly. For the Silver Spring franchise, call 301-593-5433, or go to caringtransitions.net. This nonprofit organization operates a website ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Union: Kamenetz pension bill sidesteps labor negotiations
Baltimore SunMarch 8, 2012

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun A union that represents hundreds of public workers in Baltimore County is threatening to file an unfair labor practices complaint against the county, saying a pension bill introduced by County Executive Kevin ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Procession today to honor slain trooper Radulescu
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 1, 2012

Today, friends, colleagues, fellow law officers, emergency personnel and the public will honor and remember Tony Radulescu. Tito Butler, of Tacoma, pauses from his job working for Liberty Tax service and holds his hand over his heart during a ...more »

AM Roundup: Cuomo meeting with labor on Tier VI
Albany Times Union (blog)March 5, 2012

(C&S) It turns out Cuomo was negotiating with labor unions over Tier VI after all. He had indicated the opposite. The governor will sit down today with union heads. (DP) Wendy Long and Joe Carvin have begun circling the state in their bids to challenge ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Limbaugh apologizes to law student for insult
Houston ChronicleMarch 4, 2012

23, 2012 video provided by C-SPAN, Sandra Fluke, a third-year Georgetown University law student, testifies to Congress in Washington. Limbaugh drew fire Friday, March 2, 2012 from many directions for his depiction of Fluke as a "slut" because she ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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'Desperate Housewives' trial begins
USA TODAYMarch 1, 2012

By Mathew Imaging, WireImage Nicollette Sheridan is expected to testify on Thursday in her wrongful termination and battery trial. By Mathew Imaging, WireImage Nicollette Sheridan is expected to testify on Thursday in her wrongful termination and ...more »

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