Labor & Employment Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in February, 2017

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Alameda County court grapples with fixing 'catastrophic' system
SFGateFebruary 1, 2017

An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Tuesday directed lawyers with the county's public defender and district attorney's offices to find a solution to the chaos caused by the installation of a $4.5 million computer program that tracks county ...more »

Feds Say Modular Space Disclosure Too Skimpy For Creditors
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2017

The treatment of general unsecured creditors was particularly troubling to the U.S. attorney, who said that the language of the disclosure statement was unclear as to which groups of creditors will be paid in full and which will be impaired. Because ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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City's Department of Civil Rights names new Affirmative Action manager
Madison.comFebruary 25, 2017

Jones previously worked as the contracts specialist and equal opportunity specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and has served on the Executive Board for the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce. Jones expertise includes from working ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Why It's So Hard for Millions to Become Legal Immigrants
ATTNFebruary 3, 2017

As a candidate, President Donald Trump argued that it was legal immigrants who made this country great, though his recent executive order has hurt even those with valid U.S. visas trying to come back to the country they call home. For many of the ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Here are the 5 key changes in Iowa's collective bargaining bill
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 9, 2017

What the bill does: For non-public safety employees, contract negotiations would be limited only to wages. That's a significant change from current law, which requires benefits such as health insurance, vacation time and seniority perks, as well as ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Drawing looms for America's best blue-collar job at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports
San Bernardino County SunFebruary 4, 2017

Since their earliest days when strikes in 1934 turned violent at San Francisco's Embarcadero, they've been regarded as tough and combative. That reputation was rekindled during the labor disputes that sparked work interruptions at the port in 2012 and ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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Koffee Klub gets lesson on workplace harassment
Monroe Evening NewsFebruary 17, 2017

Small business owners should understand workplace harassment in order to provide a positive work environment. Shelia Eason, a human resource consultant for The Employers' Association, presented "A Valentine's Day Look at Romance, Retaliation and ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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United States: Is Same-Sex Discrimination Considered "Sex Discrimination" Under Title VII?
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 10, 2017

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted primarily to protect minorities from discrimination in the workplace. Just before it passed, however, Congress added a provision prohibiting discrimination based on "sex." From the beginning, our ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers
New York TimesFebruary 9, 2017

As for his promises about cracking down on illegal immigrants, many assumed Mr. Trump's pledges were mostly just talk. But two weeks into his administration, Mr. Trump has signed executive orders that have upended the country's immigration laws.more »

Employment Contracts
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250 employees allege Sterling Jewelers management pressured female workers into sex
AOL Small BusinessFebruary 28, 2017

As noted in a 2014 New York Times article on the allegations, Sterling's employment contracts require all employees to "agree to take disputes to private arbitration as a condition of employment" since 1998. The Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers denied the ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2017

According to the GC, the Board “will…seek redress for unfair labor practices committed by religious schools against individual faculty member discriminatees who the university does not hold out as performing a specific role in creating and maintaining ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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State Fire Marshal's Office concerned by lack of documented school safety drills
WJHLFebruary 3, 2017

The State Fire Marshal's Office expects every school in Tennessee to follow state law, which requires a fire drill within the first 30 days of school and at least once a month during the academic year. In addition, state law requires three other safety ...more »

Connecticut labor unions unite against anti-collective bargaining bill
New Haven RegisterFebruary 20, 2017

Under attack for decades of bad decisions regarding their pensions, Connecticut's labor unions are uniting to fight back against a bill that would exempt retirement benefits from collective bargaining. Described in emails to their union brothers and ...more »

Government Employees
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Collective bargaining law has been a success
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 15, 2017

Iowa public sector collective bargaining has been impressively successful; each year since 1974, more than 90 percent of the contracts negotiated between government and its employees have been the result of voluntary agreements: that is, without resort ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Wilmington to pay $625K in wrongful termination settlement ...
Washington TimesFebruary 3, 2017

A Wilmington risk manager will receive over $625000 from the city in a wrongful termination settlement.more »

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