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Jun 23, 2015

Qatar group to push sports integrity in US even as World Cup award faces probes

NEW YORK/LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) – FIFA’s granting of rights to Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022 is a focus of U.S. and Swiss probes into alleged corruption at soccer’s governing body, but that isn’t stopping a group financed by the tiny nation from coming to Washington this week to talk about cleaning up sports.

The Doha-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), which is largely funded by the Qatari government, will talk about its efforts to boost transparency in bidding processes for major sporting events and combat financial malpractice in professional sport at an event it is holding at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Jun 12, 2015

Ex-official accused of graft fears no fair trial in China: U.S. lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer representing a former senior Chinese official under investigation for corruption and now seeking asylum in the United States said his client is concerned she would not get a fair trial in China.

Yang Xiuzhu, a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang, has been in immigration detention petitioning for asylum since June 2014, Vlad Kuzmin, her attorney in New York, told Reuters on Friday.

Jun 4, 2015

D.C. Circuit tosses suit brought by injured military contractors

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday
dismissed a proposed class action suit brought by military
contractors seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, but left
the door open for individual claims against insurers and
employers like KBR and DynCorp International.

The appeal covered an estimated 10,000 workers seeking $2
billion in damages for contractors who lost limbs in massive
explosions, suffered traumatic brain injuries from rocket blasts
and bombs and developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jun 2, 2015

US judge allows lawsuit against New York nail salon to proceed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawsuit against a New York nail salon
brought by manicurists alleging that shop’s owners routinely
failed to pay them the minimum wage and overtime can move
forward, a federal judge said on Tuesday.

The complaint, filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan in
April as a proposed class action, came a month before a series
of investigative articles by The New York Times revealed rampant
wage theft and hazardous working conditions in New York nail

May 2, 2015

Baltimore homicide charges could face swift initial court test

By David Ingram and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The chief Baltimore prosecutor, who came out swinging on Friday with charges against six police officers in the death of a 25-year-old man, could be quickly asked to disclose some of the potential evidence she has collected.

At a news conference Friday, Marilyn Mosby accused the officers of illegally arresting Freddie Gray, placing him in a police van without a seatbelt and with his legs shackled and his hands cuffed, and then ignoring his pleas for medical help. Mosby charged the officer who drove the van with second-degree murder and the others with lesser charges, including manslaughter.

Feb 4, 2015

Mexican contractor tied to Pemex bribe attempt -U.S. prosecutors

Feb 3 (Reuters) – A jailed Mexican businessman serving time
for laundering money and his son discussed bribing an official
at Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex, to win contracts,
according to court documents.

In 2013, Francisco “Pancho” Colorado, the owner of
Veracruz-based oil services company ADT Petroservicios, was
convicted in a U.S. federal court of laundering drug money for
the Zetas drug cartel by purchasing racehorses and sentenced to
20 years in prison.

Dec 17, 2014

How the NLRB may expand responsibility for labor violations

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to rule soon on if, and how,
companies can be held responsible for labor violations carried
out by their contractors or franchisees – a move that could have
far-reaching implications for businesses.

If the five-member board decides to broaden the theory known
as “joint employer,” industry groups say it will harm businesses
and could potentially set in motion a number of legal battles.

Dec 11, 2014

NLRB in divided opinion rules unions can use email to organize

Dec 11 (Reuters) – The National Labor Relations Board ruled
in a split decision on Thursday that employees can use company
email to organize, finding electronic communication is the
modern day version of a “water cooler” where employees discuss
workplace issues.

The case, closely watched by both labor groups and
businesses, pitted a sign language interpreting service called
Purple Communications against the AFL-CIO, the
largest federation of trade unions in the United States.

Dec 11, 2014

Judge sides with California workers in Walmart labor dispute

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – An administrative law judge found Walmart threatened employees trying to organize workers at two stores in California, in a victory for workers’ rights groups challenging labor practices at the retail giant.

    The ruling issued on Tuesday stems from complaints raised by workers at Walmart stores in Placerville and Richmond, California, arguing they were unfairly disciplined for trying to organize employees.

Dec 9, 2014

UAW wants works council with ‘Tennessee flavor’ at VW plant

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory.

Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove membership at a certain level can hold regular meetings with management on labor issues.

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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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