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Analysis: Employment Class Actions Continue to Raise Firms' Financial Exposures

January 9, 2012
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As a result of two key rulings, class actions are 'not dead or blocked, rather they're reforming and morphing into different iterations,' says one expert.
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Court: Comp Benefits Due to Restaurant Manager Despite Being Smoker

January 6, 2012
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Edmondo Bemis—who smoked for 30 years according to the appellate court's ruling—eventually filed for workers' comp benefits, claiming that his work injury worsened until he needed the surgery and that he was totally disabled.
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Recreational Boatmakers Excluded From Workers' Comp Act

January 4, 2012
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Under new federal regulations, laborers who build, repair or dismantle any recreational water vessel will no longer be covered by the Longshore Act, so long as they are covered under a state's workers comp law.
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Supreme Court Showdown: Big Pharma Firms vs. Sales Reps

December 28, 2011
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At stake is a case that could not only determine whether they are eligible for millions of dollars in unpaid overtime but also could affect the livelihood of other workers who ‘promote' products.
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Staffing Executive Convicted for Not Paying $15 Million

December 22, 2011
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money from the firms was used to buy homes and a yacht for Harrison as well as to finance commercial motion pictures including 'National Lampoon's Pucked' and 'Home of the Giants,' the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.
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Designer Can Sue Firm for Tapping Social Media Accounts While She was Injured

December 19, 2011
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The woman alleges the accounts were accessed while she was recovering from a brain injury she sustained after being hit by a car while running an errand for work.
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California Supreme Court Nears Ruling on Meal Breaks

December 16, 2011
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While meal-period laws vary nationwide, California is among the states wrestling with how far employers should go in policing meal and rest breaks.
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Blockbuster Settles Sex Harassment, Retaliation Suit for $2 Million

December 16, 2011
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The alleged incidents took place in 2004 and 2005, according to the EEOC. They involved seven female temporary employees, four of whom are Hispanic.
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N.Y. State Official Blasts 401(k)s as DB Replacement

December 13, 2011
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'The reality is that 401(k)s were never intended to take the place of pensions,' according to New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a speech at the New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis in New York City.
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Feds Consider Taking Ex-Offenders Out of the Box

December 7, 2011
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The EEOC may ban the question of criminal records on job applications while some states and municipalities already have ‘ban-the-box' legislation in place. One company executive insists the initiative isn't a bleeding-heart issue but a sound business decision.
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