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Nov 21, 2014

Conservatives, states set to launch legal blitz against Obama over immigration

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan.

Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama’s moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they’ve been harmed by the order. Just hours after the speech, an Arizona sheriff filed suit arguing the reform is unconstitutional.

Nov 20, 2014

Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers.

Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move.

Nov 14, 2014

Strippers win $10.9 million judgment for unpaid wages from New York club

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exotic dancers at a midtown Manhattan strip club were awarded nearly $10.9 million by a U.S. judge who found they were employees unfairly classified by the club as independent contractors.

The damages cover unpaid wages and withheld gratuities dancers employed at Rick’s Cabaret, U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan said. The action was brought on behalf of some 2,000 dancers employed at the club – owned by Peregrine Enterprises Inc, a unit of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc – going back to 2005.

Nov 14, 2014

Strippers win $10.9 mln judgment for unpaid wages from NY club

NEW YORK, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Exotic dancers at a midtown
Manhattan strip club were awarded nearly $10.9 million by a U.S.
judge who found they were employees unfairly classified by the
club as independent contractors.

The damages cover unpaid wages and withheld gratuities
dancers employed at Rick’s Cabaret, U.S. District Judge Paul
Engelmayer in Manhattan said. The action was brought on behalf
of some 2,000 dancers employed at the club – owned by Peregrine
Enterprises Inc, a unit of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc
- going back to 2005.

Nov 13, 2014

Condé Nast agrees to $5.8 million settlement in suit over intern pay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Condé Nast agreed on Thursday to pay $5.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns at the publisher who said they were underpaid for work at the company’s high-end magazines.

The settlement agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, covers around 7,500 interns at Condé Nast magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair. The case is one in a wave of recent suits brought against media and entertainment companies that pay little or nothing for internships.

Nov 11, 2014

U.S. airlines sue Port of Seattle over airport workers wage hikes

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – U.S. airlines are suing the Port of Seattle to block planned pay increases for airport workers, in the latest legal battle over efforts to better compensate workers in a state with the highest minimum wage in the country.

The Port commission, which runs the Seattle-Tacoma airport, voted in July to hike the wage floor to $11.22 per hour in January 2015 and $13.00 per hour in 2017 for airport employees.

Nov 11, 2014

UAW expects union recognition soon at VW Tennessee plant

Nov 11 (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers expect Volkswagen
AG to announce soon a policy change that would allow
for union representation at the company’s plant in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, where the union has faced challenges organizing
workers.

Earlier this year, the UAW lost a vote to represent about
1,500 workers at the Chattanooga plant but the
union still claims it has the support of a majority of the
employees.

Nov 5, 2014

U.S. man held in immigration detention for more than three years

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Davino Watson languished in a detention center in Buffalo, New York, for 3-1/2 years awaiting deportation on orders from immigration authorities. The only problem: Watson is an American citizen.

Now the Jamaican-born Watson, released in 2011, is suing the U.S. government and a handful of immigration officers in federal court claiming he was unlawfully detained. He alleges officials ignored his repeated claims that he was naturalized and that he would have been released had there been a more thorough investigation into his background.

Nov 3, 2014

U.S. judge denies EEOC bid to stop Honeywell wellness penalty

Nov 3 (Reuters) – In a victory for Honeywell International
Inc, a U.S. judge rejected a bid by the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission to stop the company from imposing
penalties on workers who refuse to be tested as part of a
corporate wellness program.

U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery in Minneapolis denied the
EEOC’s request for a temporary restraining order, according to a
court filing on Monday.

Oct 29, 2014

U.S. agency sues Honeywell over employee wellness testing

Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc to stop
the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to
undergo testing under its corporate wellness program.

The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by the
federal agency challenging a corporate wellness program, with
Honeywell the biggest company to be targeted. Wellness programs
that encourage healthier habits have become increasingly popular
in Corporate America, as they promise to improve productivity,
cut absenteeism and reduce medical costs.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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