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Can government employees criticize the government?

Posted by   /  February 25, 2017  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

They have fewer free-speech rights than private workers, but what counts as a fireable offense is debatable By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene | Governing Can government employees be legally fired for criticizing the government? It’s a question that many federal workers are asking as they look for ways to express opposition to their new […]

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Supreme Court to decide whether employers can prohibit groups of workers from suing, and other cases

Posted by   /  January 14, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

Justices also take up case on time limits for the SEC to require firms, individuals to ‘disgorge’ ill-gotten gains By Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin | The Wall Street Journal The Supreme Court said Friday it would decide whether employers can prohibit groups of workers from suing over labor disputes by requiring each employee to […]

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Ducey administration, AG at odds over minimum wage

Posted by   /  December 21, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Arizona Capitol Times Business interests are using arguments supplied by the Ducey administration in their bid to quash the minimum wage hike approved last month by voters. But the governor’s press aide said his boss, who opposed Proposition 206, is not trying to kill in court the wage hike for hundreds […]

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Business groups back in court seeking to block Arizona

Posted by   /  December 21, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

Attorneys argued whether a pending hike in the state’s minimum wage should be put on hold until there is more time to argue the merits in court Attorneys for various business interests asked a Maricopa County Superior Court judge Tuesday to stall implementation of the minimum-wage increase that voters overwhelmingly passed in November. If the […]

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Ducey offers minimum comment on minimum-wage lawsuit

Posted by   /  December 20, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

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Gov. Doug Ducey opposed the minimum-wage increase, but is mum on whether he supports a lawsuit that challenges it By Mary Jo Pitzl | The Republic Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declined to answer whether he supports a lawsuit challenging the state’s new minimum wage. Business groups are suing to overturn Prop. 206, which passed with […]

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Some fired Arizona state workers might get jobs back after appeal

Posted by   /  December 2, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Craig Harris | The Republic At least 210 state employees who were fired may get some holiday cheer and get their jobs back as the review process is underway. Officials will look at legality and justification of firings. Henry Darwin, the governor’s chief operating officer, told The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com he will be […]

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Judge suspends rule expanding overtime for millions of workers; Rose Law Group employment law attorney David Weissman analyzes the situation

Posted by   /  November 23, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Noam Scheiber | The New York Times A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday against an Obama administration regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. The regulation was scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1. It would raise the salary limit […]

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Judge dismisses much of cities’ challenge to fringe benefits law

Posted by   /  November 17, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A judge has thrown out part of the challenge to a new state law that bars cities and towns from telling private employers what fringe benefits and paid time off they have to provide for workers. In a ruling released Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court […]

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Pipeline protest draws hundreds to Flagstaff City Hall

Posted by   /  November 16, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Heidi Hommel | Special to the Arizona Daily Sun With drums beating and people chanting, the front lawn of Flagstaff City Hall looked like something from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas Tuesday night. Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, holding signs that read “Oil is dead” and […]

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State Supreme Court rules state retirement plan law unconstitutional

Posted by   /  November 11, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A 2011 state law requiring employees to pay more into their retirement plans is unconstitutional, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday, meaning higher future expenses for state and local governments. In a divided ruling, the justices said that when judges took the bench they […]

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