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 »

Child protection above politics?
3AW (blog)March 1, 2012

This week we've had an example that would supply you with a good laugh, if it didn't want to make you weep – the protection of children. Philip Cummins' inquiry into a crippled system gave its findings to the Baillieu government.more »

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Affirmative Action
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Oklahoma's university leaders say they promote diversity without affirmative...
NewsOK.comMarch 1, 2012

Oklahoma's public colleges and universities don't use race as a factor during the admissions process. Officials say that practice prevents difficult questions and criticism regarding the way universities pick their incoming freshman classes.more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Selma to Montgomery march ends
WLTZ 38 NBCMarch 9, 2012

Montgomery, AL (NBC News) - A march supporting voting rights and immigration reform concluded today in Montgomery, Alabama. Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton led the five day march from Selma to Montgomery; the same path Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.more »

Collective Bargaining
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UAW readies right-to-work fight
The Detroit NewsMarch 2, 2012

"The UAW has been out in front, advocating for Michigan, that we do a ballot initiative to change the Michigan Constitution to protect workers against corporations and guarantee workers' right to collective bargaining." UAW leaders will meet at the UAW ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Air Canada wildcat strikers return to work
ReutersMarch 23, 2012

| TORONTO (Reuters) - Wildcat strikes that disrupted dozens of Air Canada flights ended on Friday when ground crews at airports in Toronto and Montreal returned to work, their union said on Friday, in a fresh reminder of the airline's tense labor...more »

Rrb Disability
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HUD: B of A Discriminated Against Disabled Homebuyers
About - News & IssuesMarch 1, 2012

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for lenders to deny or adjust the terms of a home loan because of a borrower's disability or to inquire about the nature or severity of the borrower's disability in most cases.more »

Employment & Discrimination
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Catholic Church Continues Discrimination Against Gays
Opposing ViewsMarch 1, 2012

Unlike Steav Bates-Congdon and Al Fischer, Barbara Johnson has never been an employee of a Catholic Church or school. But she, too, has been unfairly singled out by an agent of the church because of who she loves. Johnson was denied communion by Father ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Chitrangada's next flick is on sexual harassment
Times of IndiaMarch 3, 2012

Singh plays a woman in the corporate world who suffers from sexual harassment at the workplace. The film also stars Arjun Rampal as the male lead. "I am really looking forward to 'Inkaar', the film is releasing in May. It is a superb script just like ...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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Should Illegals Get Drivers Licenses?
Family Security MattersMarch 6, 2012

WCAX: Should Illegal Farm Workers Get Vt Driver's Licenses? This past September, Danilo Lopez says he was pulled out of a car for the color of his skin. He wasn't driving, but a Vermont State Police officer insisted he prove his citizenship.more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Girlfriend describes carnage after family's slaughter
Albany Times UnionMarch 1, 2012

(Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Dr. Michael Sikirica, Rensselaer County chief medical examiner, appears in Washington County Court in Fort Edward, NY, March 1, 2012, to testify in the Matthew Slocum murder trial. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Matthew ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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Charges Filed Against Ashland Food Co-op
KOBI-TV NBC 5 / KOTI-TV NBC 2March 9, 2012

An unfair labor practice charge was filed against the Ashland food co-op on Tuesday. The charges were filed by the National Labor Relations Board by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 on behalf of workers who want to unionize the co-op.more »

Federal Personnel
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Sheriff Bradshaw defends budget before town task force
Palm Beach Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

But he said a law adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2004 prevents him from reducing the salaries and benefits of employees that are represented by the union. Personnel costs make up 85 percent of his budget. Bradshaw also justified his refusal to ...more »

UAW chief: Unions seek Mich. `right-to-work' ban
Chicago TribuneMarch 2, 2012

DETROIT— United Auto Workers President Bob King said Thursday that a coalition of unions will push for an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that bars so-called "right-to-work" legislation outlawing contracts that require employees to join unions.more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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Fighting Sioux legal fight has broader impact
Coshocton TribuneMarch 3, 2012

The Board of Higher Education, which is part of the North Dakota Constitution, was established by a voter initiative in 1938 in response to then-Gov. William Langer's decision to sack seven professors at the state agricultural college, ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Former employee sues Gentiva for wrongful termination
West Virginia RecordMarch 5, 2012

CHARLESTON -- A former employee says she was terminated from her employment because she reported fraudulent Medicare billing practices. Gentiva Health Services, Inc.; Gentiva Certified Healthcare Corp.; Gentiva Health Services (USA), Inc.; ...more »

Government Employees
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Governor Should Reject Bad Bill On Public Employees' Addresses
Bob Englehart | Englehart's View (blog)March 1, 2012

There's a mad rush at the state Capitol to hide the home addresses of tens of thousands of government employees contained in public records. The state House passed an emergency bill on the matter without a public hearing, and the Senate unanimously ...more »

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