Stakes High As Florida Supreme Court Weighs Miami ‘Financial Urgency’ Case

Miami’s controversial decision to save millions during the recession by unilaterally slashing employees’ wages and benefits could come back to bite the city and pull it once again into a financial crisis. On Tuesday, the Florida Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a long-fought lawsuit by Miami’s police union challenging the city’s declaration of “financial urgency” in the fall of 2010. The city used the declaration…

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Sheriffs Cannot Be Laid Off In Rhode Island

The Division of Sheriffs is a subdivision of the Rhode Island State Department of Administration. On November 15, 2007, the director of the Department laid off two sheriffs and notified two others that their positions were being eliminated. The basis for the cuts was the “severe financial crisis” affecting the State of Rhode Island. The Sheriffs sued, contending that they could not be laid off under Rhode Island law….

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