Car Washes Targeted by ICE for Immigration Raids

News item from the blogosphere: Earlier this year, Car Care Inc., a subsidiary of Mace Securities Inc., was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 and to forfeit $500,000 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following a 2006 investigation. (At one time, Mace, a manufacturer of security and personal defense products, was one […]

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Unemployment Benefits for Strikers? Court Says Yes

The New Jersey State Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, has authorized striking nurses to receive unemployment benefits, overturning just about every precedent concerning unemployment insurance. The lone dissenting justice, Roberto Rivera-Soto, called the decision “perverse,” noting that it “upends the common-sense notion that striking employees have left their employment voluntarily and, hence, should be […]

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Vicky Crawford: Six Years to Get Her Day in Court

This week the U.S. Supreme Court reversed lower-court rulings in the case of Vicky* Crawford, allowing her suit against Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee to go to trial. (*I’ve also seen her first name spelled Vicki, don’t know which is correct.) The way I read things, Ms. Crawford got royally screwed both by her […]

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President to Sign Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Today

No doubt emblematic of his entire time in office, President Barack Obama will sign his first piece of legislation today–a labor law that overturns a Bush-era Supreme Court decision. Lilly Ledbetter, who was the subject of that Supreme Court ruling, will be there when Obama inks the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. The […]

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Unemployment Nearing 20 Percent If You Count Everyone

Okay, forget the official figure of 7.2 percent that the media quote for U.S. unemployment. As the accompanying graphic from Shadow Stats shows, what the media report is called the U3 unemployment rate–the officially unemployed shown on the bottom red line. When you add in “discouraged” and “marginally attached” workers, you get the middle line […]

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Can the NLRB Force a Company to Reopen?

According to employer attorney George Lenard on his blawg, the answer is yes, no, and “it depends,” though he does say it’s not a very realistic outcome. The company in question is the now-infamous Republic Windows and Doors, late of Chicago but now reincarnated in a place called Red Oak, Iowa, and renamed Echo Windows. […]

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Good to Great, Then Gone or Gobbled Up

An associate introduced me to a book entitled Good to Great by Jim Collins, who is widely regarded as a management guru. His book examines the traits and disciplines that separate the great enterprises from the merely good ones. (If you want a good explanation of what propels the great companies, Jim provides a downloadable […]

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Some New Year’s for the People’s Republic of China

China ushered in the Year of the Ox yesterday (today in the U.S.) amid deepening economic and social woes. It’s hard to get the truth out of the People’s Republic, which is anything but a republic, but the year just closed saw some 18,000 businesses close, mostly in the southeast, and at least 2 million […]

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Stop Making Sense; No One Is Going to Listen Anyway

If you’re been following the ongoing cyber-debates about how to reform health care, you’ve no doubt run into a lot of wishful thinking, as in, “If the government pays for health care, then it’s free.” Wrong for all kinds of obvious reasons, most notable of which is that either you or your employer is going […]

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Will Health IT Solve This Regulatory Mess?

I‘m usually not a fan of the stuff in the Huffington Post since it’s–let’s just say–a bit past center politically, but in my ongoing research on HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), I came across a first-person account of how HIPAA and other medical regulations affect the delivery of health care in America. […]

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