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Pre-Employment Health History Forms Violate GINA, ADA

In one of the first decisions on the issue, a federal court has ruled that an employer violated both the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by requiring that all job applicants complete pre-offer health history forms. The forms required applicants to reveal whether they had consulted a doctor, chiropractor, therapist or other health care provider within the past 24 months, and to…

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Private Information Of South Florida Police Officers Compromised By Website

DORAL, FL – The private information of thousands of South Florida police officers may have been compromised due to one website. Due to the cyber-breach, police unions that represent police officers around South Florida have scrambled to protect the information of police officers, prosecutors, and specially protected county employees. John Rivera, the President of the Police Benevolent Association of Miami-Dade, said, “The only information that we got, that was…

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Pasadena Police Union Loses Bid To Bar Release Of Shooting Report

A California appeals court on Thursday rejected a police union’s request to stop the public disclosure of an independent consultant report on the 2012 fatal shooting by Pasadena police of an unarmed black teenager. The three-judge panel ruled that a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge was right to previously decide that the report about the killing of Kendrec McDade should be made public but went too far in…

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First Thursday, August 2015

Topics discussed in this month’s podcast include: The ‘Firefighter’s Rule’ Marches On, Nagy v. Arsenault, 2015 WL 3685212 (Conn. Super. 2015) Payroll System Failures No Defense To FLSA Violation, Souryavongv. Lackawanna County, 2015 WL 3409472 (M.D. Pa. 2015) Administrative Leave Can Last Too Long, City of Waltham v. Waltham Police Patrol Officers’ Union, 2015 WL 3755905 (Mass. App. 2015) Union Entitled To Copy Of Complaint Against Member, Foothill De…

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New Policy Allows For Searches Of State Corrections Workers

WILLISTON, VT – Vermont plans to implement a new employee search policy aimed at cracking down on prison contraband, officials said. State Department of Corrections’ staff will now occasionally be asked to turn out their pockets and open their bags, WPTZ-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1Rq3fy2) Friday. The policy is expected to be implemented later this month. The change supplements ongoing efforts to combat contraband, said facilities operation director Mike Touchette. The…

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First Thursday, May 2015

Cases discussed in this month’s podcast include: The negotiability of workplace cameras, IAFF, Local 3315 v. Snohomish Fire District 3, 2015 WL 1013220 (Wash. PERC 2015) Arbitrator’s reinstatement of officer in excess force case does not violate public policy, City of Bloomington v. Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, 2015 IL App (4th) 140192-U (Ill. App. 2015) Union can assume city’s negotiators have authority, City of Springfield, 31 PERI ¶…

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FDNY Union Vows To Fight Public Release Of Pension Records

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Following a court ruling ordering the New York City Fire Pension Fund to release the names and pension amounts of retirees, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association is vowing to continue efforts to keep the records from being made public. The recent state Supreme Court ruling requires the New York City Fire Pension Fund to release information to Empire Center, a conservative fiscal watchdog group. The…

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Lawsuit Challenges Employer’s Access To Personal Cell Phone Records

TRENTON, NJ – Cops in the Jersey Shore town of Bradley Beach want to prevent their bosses from having access to their cellphone bills to see if they’ve been chit-chatting at work. In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, the union representing Bradley Beach police officers asked a judge to put an end to a policy that allows the department’s police chief to ask for an officer’s monthly personal cell…

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill Aimed At Shielding Police Names

Arizona’s governor on Monday vetoed legislation that would have kept secret for 60 days the identities of police officers involved in deadly shootings, a move that was both welcomed and heavily criticized by separate state police union leaders. Republican Governor Doug Ducey said the bill passed by state lawmakers last week was well-intentioned but fell short of protecting officers and their families. Supporters of the bill had sought to…

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Jail Deputy Director Found Guilty Of Illegally Taping Unions’ Phone Calls

NEWARK, NJ – The deputy director of the Hudson County jail was convicted yesterday of secretly listening to and recording the private phone conversations of leaders of the two unions that represent corrections officers at the jail. Kirk Eady, 46, of East Brunswick, faces a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after having been convicted of intentionally intercepting the communications of others by…

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