labor and employment

High court seems skeptical of mandatory public union fees

January 11, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday appeared ready to deal a major blow to the power and clout of organized labor as it considers the free speech rights of government workers who say they shouldn't be forced to pay fees to public-sector unions.
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High court dispute over union fees could curb labor's clout

January 8, 2016
 Associated Press
The nation's public employee unions are bracing for a drop in membership and bargaining power if the Supreme Court rules against organized labor in a dispute over union fees.
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Appeals court hears injured worker's bid for lost earnings

January 7, 2016
 Associated Press
An attorney for a Mexican man who's seeking lost future earnings for a workplace back injury told the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday that his client should be allowed to pursue those wages at U.S. pay rates instead of rates in his home country.
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COA finds fired highway worker was at-will employee

December 31, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Echoing precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals has found that an employee handbook is not an employment contract.
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Judge puts brakes on California Uber drivers’ suit outcome

December 23, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Uber Technologies Inc. won a ruling that may put off the outcome of a bid by California drivers to be treated as employees in a lawsuit that has grown dramatically both in size and potential liability.
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Slavery labels sought for US goods as SEC reporting law mulled

December 11, 2015
 Bloomberg News
“This item may be the product of slave labor.” Those jarring words could end up on candy bar wrappers, packages of frozen shrimp and even cans of cat food if some California lawyers get their way.
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Uber expense may grow as US drivers seek 57.5 cents a mile

November 24, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Fifty seven and a half cents for every mile logged. That’s the latest demand from Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in California suing to be treated like employees.
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COA leaves arbitrator’s award in place

November 12, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Court of Appeals on Thursday declined Madison County’s request that it correct or vacate an arbitrator’s award in favor of two county highway department employees. The appeals court concluded the county circumvented the collective bargaining agreement when it discharged the two employees.
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Panel: Indiana's economy to grow at slightly faster rate

November 5, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Indiana's economy will grow at a slightly faster rate next year and into 2017 even as the state faces challenges from weakening international markets, Indiana University economists said Thursday in their annual forecast.
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Pence decides to pay off federal unemployment loan

October 22, 2015
 Associated Press, IBJ Staff
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning announced that the state would use about $250 million from Indiana's surplus to finish paying back the federal government for a loan the state took out to pay unemployment benefits during the recession.
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Complaint targets Quicken Loans' employee free speech rules

September 28, 2015
 Associated Press
Mortgage giant Quicken Loans overly restricts employees' free speech and should rewrite its rules for workers and educate employees about their rights, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
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Marshal’s wage suit against town fails on appeal

September 17, 2015
Dave Stafford
A former marshal in a small southern Indiana town is not entitled to unpaid wages, overtime and other damages because the town employed fewer than five law enforcement officers, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Thursday in a matter of first impression.
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Union wins closely watched labor case over who’s the boss

August 28, 2015
 Bloomberg News
More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board.
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Law professor’s book spotlights service workers’ fight for unions

August 26, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Fran Quigley's book, “If We Can Win Here: The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement,” examines how the push for higher wages and better working conditions is playing out in the very red Hoosier state.
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Doubt means don’t: Drafting an effective social media policy

August 26, 2015
Stephanie Cassman, Nabeela Virjee
Because social media is a relatively new phenomenon, employers have been wading into uncharted territories when creating and implementing social media policies.
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Independent contractor or employee: DOL gives guidance

August 26, 2015
Carolyn Hall
In mid-July, the administrator for the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division issued an interpretation to give guidance about whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.
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Proposal would double salary threshold for exempt employees

August 26, 2015
Dave Stafford
Employment attorneys and their clients large and small are scrambling to find ways to deal with a likely change in federal regulation that could more than double the earnings threshold for workers classified as exempt from overtime.
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California says Uber drivers are employees

June 18, 2015
 Bloomberg News
The California labor commissioner’s ruling that an Uber Technologies Inc. driver must be treated as an employee may have repercussions throughout the on-demand economy.
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Lawsuit says Mourdock gave chief deputy 3-year contract

May 28, 2015
 Associated Press
A lawsuit by former Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock's chief deputy challenging his firing claims the official gave him a three-year, $300,000 contract before he resigned from office last year.
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Pence signs bill repealing Indiana construction wage law

May 7, 2015
 Associated Press
Local boards will no longer set minimum wages for public construction projects in Indiana under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Mike Pence.
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Senate narrowly backs repeal of construction wage law

April 15, 2015
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has narrowly approved a Republican-led push to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects.
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Senate considers changes to bill repealing construction wage

April 15, 2015
 Associated Press
The Republican-controlled Senate defeated several proposed changes Tuesday to a measure that would repeal the state's construction wage law, despite growing concerns over how the bill will affect Indiana's construction industry.
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Court declines to interfere in former pastor’s breach of contract suit

April 8, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Greensburg pastor who filed a complaint against his former church after they terminated his contract was not able to prove to the Court of Appeals that the courts could review his claims without reference to either church law or doctrine.
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Focus: The transgender employees: guidance for employers

March 25, 2015
With the increased visibility of transgender people in the media, you’ve probably heard about Jazz Jennings, the 14-year-old activist who recently landed a show on TLC which will feature her family and how she deals with typical teen drama as a transgender individual. Or, you’ve spent a Saturday binge watching the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” a show staring Laverne Cox, a transgender actress and LGBT advocate, who is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. It is refreshing to see trans people in the media as it reflects our growth and acceptance as a society for those who have been historically mistreated and underrepresented.
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NCAA appeal says students will lose if amateur sports rules tossed

March 18, 2015
 Bloomberg News
Professional sports and higher education are a losing combination for American college students and fans. That was the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s game-day argument as it seeks to reverse a judge’s ruling that the organization behind March Madness and January bowl games is running a multibillion-dollar cartel that cheats athletes.
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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