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Operators Of Driver's License Mill Charged In Counterfeit Documents Fraud Scheme

March 18, 2011 - A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment, which was unsealed, charging three individuals including a Florida driver's license examiner in a counterfeit documents fraud scheme. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Florida Highway Patrol. Gaitrie Latchman, 46, Rajin A. Latchman, 28, and Ted B. Shirley, 49,  Read More


Commission Finds "Probable Cause" That CVS Application Form Is Discriminatory

March 18, 2011 - Responding to a complaint filed by the Rhode Island ACLU at the end of 2009, the R.I. Commission for Human Rights has issued a finding that there is "probable cause" to believe that a job application form used by CVS Pharmacy, Inc. for various customer service positions violates state anti-discrimination laws that bar employers from eliciting information that pertain to job applicants' mental or physical disabilities. CVS utilizes an online job application process for many of  Read More


Manager Of Staffing Companies Sentenced For Undocumented Workers

February 27, 2011 - The president of two Chicago-area staffing companies that supplied temporary workers to suburban warehouses has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hiring illegal aliens to form his labor pool. The sentence resulted from a worksite enforcement investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's   Read More


Employee Of Drug Testing Company Helps Criminals Cheat On Drug Test

February 27, 20111 - United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that an Albuquerque resident Brandon Ortiz, 29, pled guilty to tampering with a witness by misleading conduct before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office. Ortiz entered a guilty plea to count 1 of a 15-count indictment charging him with Read More


E-Verify Gets High Marks From Employers In Survey

January 20, 2011 - A recent customer satisfaction survey validates what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has long asserted that the Obama administration’s commitment to building the E-verify system is the right investment in building a viable tool to ensure a legal workforce in the United States. Additionally, a report about E-Verify just issued by the Government Accountability Office  Read More


Internet “Trolls” Arrested After Hacking AT&T’s Servers

January 20, 2011 - Two self-described Internet “trolls” were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hacking AT&T’s servers and stealing e-mail addresses and other personal information belonging to approximately 120,000 Apple iPad users who accessed the Internet via AT&T’s 3G network, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco, Calif., were taken into custody this morning by special Read More


42% Of Police Officers Killed In Car Crashes Did Not Use Seatbelts

January 19, 2011 - Lap Belt Cinch, Inc. (LBC), developer of the CG-Lock Technology and makers of the CG-Lock and SeatSnug seatbelt enhancement devices, announced on Tuesday a "Police Safety Initiative" aimed at creating greater police officer safety while driving at higher speeds. This initiative is being launched responsive to a new federal report which shows that, in 42% of fatal  Read More


HR Director Places Weight Loss Challenge On His Employees

January 19, 2011 - Lily Transportation Corp. is serious about promoting the importance of health & wellness to its employees. To prove it, their Director of Human Resources founded the 'Beat the HR Guy' Weight Loss Contest as a new incentive for good health in 2011. Any employee who loses a larger percentage of weight or pounds than 'The HR Guy' wins. “This contest gives employees who need to shed some pounds the opportunity Read More


More Plead Guilty In Driver Licensing Examiners Bribe Scheme

January 17, 2011 - Alexander Steele, 47, of Philadelphia, and Christopher J. Hahn, 48, of Edgewater, N.J., pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges in connection with a scheme that involved bribes to driver's license examiners in exchange for fraudulent driver's licenses. Steele was a PennDOT driver's license examiner, working in West Oak  Read More


Operation Secondhand Smoke Cigarette Case Yields Unexpected Results

January 17, 2011 - When the smoke cleared from Major Case 253, a network of schemers trafficking in contraband cigarettes was dismantled, a Mississippi police department earned a new headquarters, and the FBI gained one more partner in the fight against terrorism. Those three things might not seem related, but then again, Operation Secondhand Smoke is no ordinary case.  Read More


4 State Attorney General’s Warned Secret Ballot Amendments Not Lawful

January 15, 2011 - The National Labor Relations Board on Friday advised the Attorneys General of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah that recently-approved state constitutional amendments governing the method by which employees choose union representation conflict with federal labor law and therefore are preempted by the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The states  Read More


Survey Shows Medical Community Supports Electronic Health Records

January 15, 2011 - Four-fifths of the nation’s hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, currently intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology, according to survey data released on Friday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The survey information was released as the  Read More


DOJ Works With Jurisdictions To Comply With Sex Offender Act

January 13, 2011 - Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, opened the 2011 National Workshop on the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). "This workshop provides an opportunity for the Department of Justice to further assist jurisdictions who are working to implement reliable and effective sex offender registration and  Read More


EPA Orders Ambulance Company Stop Spraying Pesticide In Ambulances

January 13, 2011 – EPA has ordered the New Jersey ambulance company, Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC) to immediately stop the use of the toxic micro-misting of their ambulances with disinfectants acquired from Zimek Technologies and the Zimek Micro-Misting System. This device is used by MONOC to deliver disinfectants to the interior of ambulances as micron or submicron sized particles. EPA’s enforcement  Read More


Broker Accused Of Defrauding Elderly Nuns

January 13, 2011 - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that a Long Island, N.Y. based broker has agreed to settle charges against him for defrauding a congregation of mostly elderly nuns in the Bronx. The SEC, which instituted administrative proceedings against Paul George Chironis in April 2010, found that he churned two accounts owned by the Sisters of Charity one  Read More


Avoiding The 5 Mistakes That Will Obstruct Your Career Progress

January 13, 2011 - Assuming That Producing Strong Results Alone Will Lead to Promotion; Trying to Do It All Yourself; and Ignoring Deeply-Rooted Perceptions of Your Leadership Skills, Will Handicap Your Move to the Executive Suite According to John Beeson, Author of "The Unwritten Rules." "As much as companies say they want to develop future leadership talent, most do a poor job of specifying the requirements for advancement. As a result, many Read More


Was Gunman’s Actions Motivated By Hateful Political Vitriol

January 11, 2011 - On Saturday, at approximately 10:00 a.m., deputies responded to the Safeway located at the southeast corner of Oracle and Ina Road, Tucson, Arizona. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a town hall meeting at the location when a 22 year old male, Jared Loughner opened fire with a handgun shooting the  Congresswoman in the head. Loughner had legally  Read More


Rebuilding Rhode Island Water Treatment Plants To Use Green Technology

January 11, 2011 - Senior federal and state elected and environmental officials announced efforts to rebuild Rhode Island water treatment plants that were irreparably damaged last spring during devastating floods, with new treatment equipment to include state-of-the-art energy efficient and green technologies. EPA’s New England regional office began providing technical assistance to waste water treatment facilities and pumping Read More


Company Owners Indicted In Chicago Minority Sewers Contract

January 10, 2011 - The owner of a Chicago company certified as a minority-owned business, his company, and the former president of a non-minority contractor were indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly scheming to use the minority business merely as a "pass-through" on a multi-million-dollar sewer cleaning and inspection contract.  The company, Brunt Bros. Transfer, Inc., allegedly fraudulently received more  Read More


Infrastructure Projects Key To Global Economic Growth And Recovery

January 10, 2011 - Infrastructure and construction projects for the public good could help bolster economic growth, bringing the U.S. and the world out of the current recession, and creating a more sustainable future path. In a cutting-edge report to be released in New York this month, CG/LA Infrastructure, the leading infrastructure project development experts, is calling on governments from the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia to support key infrastructure projects  Read More


She Was Raped At 4 And Over A Decade Of Sexual Enslavement

January 8, 2011 - According to the evidence presented at trial, George Joseph England, 66, a child sex predator was introduced to a four year old female child, Jackie Zudis in Vietnam in the early 1970's. Soon thereafter, the sex predator travelled with the four year old to Thailand and India, where they lived for approximately two years. While there, England sexually assaulted the child repeatedly.  He also Read More


Business Owner That Claimed To Provide Psychotherapy Pleads Guilty

January 8, 2011 - A former Chicago woman, who claimed her business provided psychotherapy services to Medicare beneficiaries residing in skilled nursing facilities in the Chicago area, pleaded guilty to a federal health care fraud charge, admitting that she defrauded Medicare of more than $1.25 million, federal law enforcement officials announced.  Patricia Young, 51, of Newton, Miss., and formerly of Chicago, owned and operated  Read More


President Obama Signs The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Into Law

January 7, 2011 - The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) (H.R. 5809) would expand eligibility requirements for grants and low-cost loans offered to include individual owners and other private entities that manage diesel vehicle fleets and are contractors with the federal government. The original bill which was called Energy Policy Act of  Read More


White Supremacist Found Guilty Soliciting Violence Against Jury Foreman

January 7, 2011 - A self-proclaimed white supremacist was convicted on Wednesday by a federal jury in Chicago of soliciting violence to the foreman of a federal jury in Chicago that convicted another white supremacist, Matthew Hale, in 2004, federal law enforcement officials announced. The defendant, William A. White, was found guilty on one count of solicitation, announced  Read More


Tea Party Appointees Move On Birth Certificate Legislation

January 6, 2011 - The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to reject proposed legislation intended to deny Americans the fundamental protections of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU made the call after a group of state legislators announced they will introduce bills in their state legislatures that   Read More


Cell Phone Surveillance Raises Questions Of Privacy

January 6, 2011 - Within the past few years, police and FBI have been gathering data from telephone companies that revealed the locations of customers' cell phones either in real-time or after the fact. The prosecutors said they needed the data to track drug traffickers and even corrupt officials, but some federal magistrates were troubled by the requests and refused to sign off on the orders. Read More


Ex-Husband And Wife Indicted Medicare And Medicaid Fraud

January 6, 2011 - Leonid and Yelena Stolyar, both age 49, and both of Denver, Colorado, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver late Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and health care fraud, federal and state authorities announced. The defendants are expected to surrender today, based on arrest warrants issued with the indictments. The defendants are expected to then make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in  Read More


Biometrics Used By Pettis County To Identify Alien Criminals

January 6, 2011 - On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information-sharing capability in Pettis County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime. This capability is part of Secure Communities, ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted Read More


EPA Requires Testing of 19 Widely Used Chemicals

January 5, 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requiring manufacturers of 19 high production volume (HPV) chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit the data to the agency. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made assuring the safety of chemicals  Read More


Public Housing Authority Director Pleads Guilty To Bribery

January 5, 2010 - George R. Robinson, age 61, of Bel Air, Maryland, pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. “A ‘pay to play’ culture diminishes public confidence in government and harms honest businesspeople who refuse to pay bribes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Government employees cross a bright line when they take  Read More


UPS Expands Healthcare Network In Asia, Europe, U.S. and Canada

January 5, 2010 - UPS on Tuesday announced a significant expansion of its global healthcare distribution facility network to accommodate continued rapid growth in its healthcare business. Driven by expanding relationships with healthcare companies and an increasing trend toward outsourcing, the new facilities in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States bring to 30 the total number  Read More


Settlement To Reduce Air Pollution From Pennsylvania Prisons

January 5, 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections and the Department of General Services for alleged Clean Air Act violations at boiler plants generating power, heat and hot water at four correctional facilities. This settlement secures air pollution reductions and additional reporting requirements  Read More


Leading Cause Of Non-Smoking Lung Cancer Is Radon

January 4, 2011 - January is National Radon Action Month and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and eight other federal agencies are announcing a new effort to strengthen the fight against radon exposure. Radon exposure is the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer. Senior leaders from the federal agencies are pledging to work together to create a national risk reduction plan for radon that will help save lives  Read More


Organized Retail Theft A $30 Billion A Year Industry

January 4, 2011 - It’s a telling case, a few years ago, members of two criminal organizations in California were charged for their role in a large-scale fencing operation to buy and sell over-the-counter health and beauty products. As well as other items like camera film, batteries, and infant formula that had been stolen from major retail chain stores. The merchandise was then passed off to crooked out-of-state wholesale distributors, who just sold it back to unsuspecting retailers.  Read More


VA Set To Verify Veteran Small Businesses

January 4, 2011 - To further advocate for Veterans, VA announced that companies identifying themselves as small businesses or Veteran-owned businesses to gain priority for some Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracts must now provide documentation verifying their status within 90 days of receiving notice from the agency. “Although the verification process may initially be a challenge to some small business  Read More


NTSB Issues Urgent Safety Recommendations In San Bruno Pipeline Rupture

January 4, 2011 - The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday issued seven safety recommendations, six of them classified as "Urgent," as a result of its investigation into the pipeline rupture and explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes in San Bruno, California, on September 9, 2010. The recommendations were issued to address record-keeping problems that could create conditions in  Read More


Unemployment Seasonally Adjusted Claims Report Ending Dec. 25

January 3, 2011 - In the week ending Dec. 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 422,000. The 4-week moving average was 414,000, a decrease of 12,500 from the previous week's revised average of 426,500. The advance  Read More


Subway Sandwich Shop To Pay On A Sexual Harassment Complaint

January 3, 2011 - SKMATCH, Inc., the operator of a Subway restaurant in Wilmington, N.C., will pay $55,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The EEOC had charged that two female employees were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment at Read More

  U.S. Senate Confirms EEOC Commissioners

January 3, 2011 - In one of its last acts of the current session, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jacqueline A. Berrien to be Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Chai R. Feldblum and Victoria A. Lipnic to be Commissioners; and P. David Lopez to be the General Counsel. All four were nominated to their positions by President Barack Obama and had 
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Times Square FBI Worked Around The Clock On New Year’s Eve

January 1, 2011 - Long before the ball dropped last night and well before the crowds began to gather to ring in the New Year in Times Square, members of the FBI’s New York Office (NYO) were working around the clock to ensure it really was a happy New Year’s Eve.  The safety and security of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, which draws an estimated one million spectators  Read More


Indiana Middle School Teacher Sentenced For Child Pornography

January 1, 2011 - A former band teacher at a local middle school was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for enticing a minor and manufacturing child pornography. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security  Read More


Jail Drops Postcard Only Policy Following Lawsuit

January 1, 2011 - The El Paso County Jail dropped its policy of restricting prisoners' outgoing mail to postcards. Faced with defending an unconstitutional policy before a judge at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, county officials agreed to a preliminary injunction ending the postcard-only policy following a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties  Read More


EPA To Set Modest Pace For Greenhouse Gas Standards For 2011

January 1, 2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its plan for establishing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution standards under the Clean Air Act in 2011. The agency looked at a number of sectors and is moving forward on GHG standards for fossil fuel power plants and petroleum  Read More


Correctional Population Declined For The First Time Since 1980

January 1, 2011 -  The number of adults under correctional supervision in the United States declined by less than one percent during 2009, dropping to 7,225,800 (or 48,800 fewer offenders than at yearend 2008), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced.  This was the first measured decline in the total number of adults  Read More


Employers Ordered Incarcerated For Failing To Comply With OSHA

December 31, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the arrest of Brian Andre, former owner of Andre Tuckpointing and Brickwork, and Regina Shaw, owner of Andre Stone & Mason Work Inc., the successor company to Andre Tuckpointing and Brickwork. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ordered their arrest and incarceration for repeatedly failing to comply Read More


Combating Exploitive Child Labor In Bolivia, Egypt And Jordan

December 31, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor announced nearly $20 million in grants awarded to combat exploitive child labor in Bolivia, Egypt and Jordan. The grants will fund projects that provide children with education and training opportunities, and help improve the livelihoods of families so they no longer need to rely on children's labor. These projects will work with countries that have shown strong political will to address abusive child labor and tackle its root causes. They  Read More


Employment Data Shows Improved Pay Equity For Young Women

December 31, 2010 - APICS the Association for Operations Management and the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington announced the third quarter 2010 installment of the quarterly Operations Management Employment Outlook report. The survey shows less disparity between genders in professional salaries for younger workers. Report data show  Read More


DOL Resolves Employee Back Wage Case With CEMEX

December 31, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor announced the filing of a consent judgment in a case against CEMEX Inc. and the recovery of $1,514,449 in overtime back wages for 1,705 current and former ready-mix drivers who worked in eight states. "Ensuring that workers are paid their full wages is a top priority of this department," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This legal action involving more than $1.5 million  Read More


Reward Given To States That Enroll Uninsured Children In Medicaid

December 29, 2010 - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday awarded $206 million to 15 states for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid.  This year’s bonuses are more than double the $75 million awarded to ten states last year. “Today’s announcement highlights the ongoing and committed efforts by states to improve access to health coverage programs  Read More


Labor Department Seeks Comments On Nursing Mothers Law

December 29, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is requesting public comments on its preliminary interpretations of a new provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act that requires employers to provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time and a private space for expressing breast milk while at work. This new provision — the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law — became law when the Affordable Read More


Seattle Businessman Who Imported Tainted Chinese Honey Sentenced

December 29, 2010 - The former president of a Seattle-area import company was sentenced to one year plus one day in prison and ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution after an investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) revealed he imported contaminated honey from China. Chung Po Liu, 70, of  Read More


Toyota To Pay $32 Million For Its Handling Of Auto Recalls

December 29, 2010 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties as the result of two separate investigations into the automaker's handling of auto recalls. Toyota will pay the maximum fines allowable under the law - $16.375 million in one case and $16.050 million in the other - in response to the Department’s assertion that it  Read More


Student Illegally Denied Enrollment Due To HIV Status Can Now Enroll

December 22, 2010 - An HIV-positive woman, who was denied enrollment at a Puerto Rico cosmetology school, is now able to enroll as a result of a settlement with the school obtained by the Department of Justice (DOJ). In the settlement, the Modern Hairstyling Institute agreed to enroll the woman, stop asking prospective students about Read More 


New Affordable Care Act Will Sheds Light On Health Insurance Rate Hikes

December 22, 2010 - New proposed Affordable Care Act regulations announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will bring new transparency and scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases. These proposed rules allow HHS to work with states to require insurers to publicly disclose and justify unreasonable rate increases. “Year after year, Read More


Former Carter's Executive With Fraud And Insider Trading

December 21, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged a former Executive Vice President of children's clothing marketer Carter's Inc. for engaging in financial fraud and insider trading.  The SEC alleges that Joseph M. Elles's misconduct caused an understatement of Carter's expenses and a material overstatement of  Read More


Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis Speaks On The Dream Act Senate Vote

December 21, 2010 - The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the DREAM Act) is a piece of proposed federal legislation in the United States that was first introduced in the United States Senate on August 1, 2001 and most recently re-introduced there and the United States House of Representatives on March 26, 2009. The DREAM Act, along with a repeal of "Don't Ask  Read More


Betts Recruiting Completes Successful First Year Of Business

December 21, 2010 - Betts Recruiting, a boutique recruiting agency in San Francisco, announced the successful completion of its first year in business. Founded in November 2009, Betts Recruiting specializes in placing sales and marketing professionals in growth stage technology companies. While developing her business, CEO Carolyn   Read More


Alliant Insurance Services Acquires Employee Benefits Firm

December 21, 2010 -  Alliant Insurance Services, the nation's largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has acquired ArlenGroup, a leading regional full-service employee benefits firm with offices in downtown San Francisco and Walnut Creek, Calif. ArlenGroup will continue to operate under its existing identity. ArlenGroup is headed by founder and CEO Roger Arlen, CEBS, and  Read More


SEC Charges Law Firm Partner In Multi Million Dollar Scheme

December 20, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Jonathan Star Bristol, attorney for former financial advisor Kenneth Ira Starr, with aiding and abetting Starr's multi-million dollar fraud by allowing Starr to use his attorney trust accounts as conduits when Starr stole money from advisory clients. The SEC alleges  Read More


Bill Introduced Allowing Challenges Of Unfair Crack Cocaine Sentences

December 20, 2010 - An important bill introduced today by Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA), the Fair Sentencing Clarification Act, would allow those sentenced to prison under outdated crack cocaine sentencing guidelines to petition for shorter sentences. The crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity, which falls disproportionately on African-Americans, was lowered from  Read More


Home Instead Senior Care To Pay Settlement In Race Bias Suit

December 20, 2010 - Hi Care, Inc., doing business as Home Instead Senior Care, will pay $150,000 and furnish other relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Home Instead Senior Care specializes in non-medical in home care for the elderly. The company  Read More


Nonprofits Opting Out Of The State Unemployment Tax System

December 20, 2010 - Nonprofits across the U.S. are increasingly opting out of their state unemployment tax system, as allowed by federal law, reveals the Unemployment Services Trust (UST). If properly managed, the tax savings can be significant.  As the nation’s unemployment rate remains at an unsettling 9.6 percent, an increasing number of 501(c)(3) organizations are taking advantage of an exclusive opportunity to opt out of the  Read More


Lawsuit Filed Against Newspaper For Discrimination Against Families With Children

December 19, 2010 - The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against a Gulfport, Mississippi newspaper and a landlord and her agent for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, charges that Penny Pincher, a weekly  Read More

Efforts Aimed At Addressing Health Disparities In Flu Vaccination

December 19, 2010 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that Walgreens has agreed to donate $10 million in vouchers for free flu shots to 350,000 eligible uninsured and underserved people in 15 markets across the country. Secretary Sebelius made the announcement earlier today in a conference call with Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, the Centers for Read More


Mother Of Suicide Victim Ask School District To Address Anti-Gay Bullying

December 18, 2010 - The California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Project sent a letter to the superintendent of the Tehachapi Unified School District urging him to take steps to prevent another tragedy such as the one that befell 13-year-old Tehachapi student Seth Walsh, who recently took his own life after enduring years of anti-gay harassment at school. The letter was  Read More


Miami School Construction Contractors Sentenced For Employing Illegal Aliens

December 18, 2010 - Three defendants were sentenced Wednesday on charges of harboring undocumented aliens who were working on a Miami-Dade school construction project, following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Luis Daniel, 59, the president of Daniel Builders, Inc. based in Hialeah, Fla.; his wife Marta Duque, 57; and his son,  Read More


Preventing Fraud At Boston Regional Health Care Centers

December 18, 2010 - As part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to prevent and fight fraud in our nation’s health care system, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would be acquiring some new state-of-the-art fraud  Read More


11.7 Million Persons Reported Identity Theft Victimization In 2008

December 18, 2010 - An estimated 11.7 million persons, representing five percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, were victims of identity theft during the two years prior to being surveyed in 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. The financial losses due to the identity theft totaled more than $17 billion. Identity theft was defined in the survey  Read More


Catholic Diocese Pressuring Hospitals To Deny Emergency Care

December 16, 2010 - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is pressuring one of the nation's largest hospital systems to stop providing life-saving abortions. The message came in a letter responding to a decision in November 2009 by St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix to provide a life-saving abortion to a young mother of four. The doctors at the hospital had determined  Read More


DOL Releases Reports On International Child Forced Labor

December 16, 2010 - Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced the release of three reports on child labor and/or forced labor around the world. Secretary Solis was joined by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa at U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in unveiling the reports. "We consider the eradication of the worst forms of child labor to be a matter of urgency," said Secretary Solis. "We hope these reports will assist governments   Read More


Dunkin' Donuts Manager Pleads Guilty To Employing Illegal Aliens

December 16, 2010 – George Valvanis, 53, of Atkinson, N.H., pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern or practice of recruiting or hiring illegal aliens unauthorized to work in the United States, and to one count of using a false attestation in an immigration document, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II of the District of Maine.  The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE)  Read More


WRR Environmental Services Fined By OSHA For June Explosion

December 16, 2010 – The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday cited the hazardous waste management processor, WRR Environmental Services Company, for failing to implement measures to prevent potentially catastrophic chemical fires and explosions at its facility in Eau Claire. OSHA has issued 14 willful and one serious citation to the company with proposed penalties of $787,000 for failing to fully develop and implement  Read More


Fallen Veterans Tombstones Are Shipped To Their Rightful Resting Places

December 15, 2010 - Allied Van Lines one of the world’s largest moving companies has helped bring three tombstones made for fallen soldiers back to their rightful resting places. In September of this year, 13 tombstones were found in an abandoned home in Omaha, Nebraska. After an  Read More


Senator Charged With Embezzling Funds From Health Care Centers

December 15, 2010 - On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn returned an indictment charging Pedro Espada, Jr., a New York State Senator for the 33rd Senatorial District in the Bronx, New York, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, with five counts of embezzlement from a nonprofit health care network receiving federal funding Read More


3M Engineer Embezzled More Than $5.6 Million From Company

December 15, 2010 - U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Brookings, South Dakota man appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange and pled guilty to an information charging mail fraud. Former 3M engineer David Beulke, age 62, admitted to devising an embezzlement   Read More


HHS Issues New Strategic Framework On Multiple Chronic Conditions

December 15, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday issued its new Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions, an innovative private, public sector collaboration to coordinate responses to a growing challenge. More than a quarter of all Americans, and two out of three older Americans, have multiple  Read More


Military Personnel Denied Recourse Or Benefits For Sexual Assault

December 14, 2010 - The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Connecticut filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut against the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. For their failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking government records documenting  Read More


Florida Couple Sentenced In Forced Labor Conspiracy

December 14, 2010 - Sophia Manuel and Alfonso Baldonado Jr., owners of Quality Staffing Services Corporation, a labor contracting service, were sentenced Friday in West Palm Beach for conspiring to hold approximately 39 Filipino nationals in forced service to work in country clubs and hotels in Southeast Florida following an investigation led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Read More


Oklahoma Benefit From Biometrics Identify To Remove Aliens Criminals

December 14, 2010 - Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in 10 additional Oklahoma counties that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law Read More


Employers Gain Access To Database To Recruit Workers With Disabilities

December 14, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, today made available the 2011 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities database. This resource is intended to assist federal and private-sector employers in identifying workers with  Read More


People With Disabilities Experienced Violent Crime At Twice The Rate

December 13, 2010 - Nearly 730,000 nonfatal violent crimes and about 1.8 million property crimes were experienced by people age 12 or older with a disability in 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. The violent crimes against people with disabilities included 40,000 rapes or sexual assaults, 116,000 robberies, 115,000  Read More


Police Officers Found Guilty Post Katrina Shooting

December 13, 2010 - A federal jury in New Orleans convicted three current and former New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers, David Warren, Greg McRae, and Lt. Travis McCabe, in relation to the post-Katrina shooting death of Henry Glover, and the subsequent burning of Glover’s remains and obstruction of justice. The jury found former NOPD Officer David Warren guilty  Read More


Suit Filed Challenging GPS Tracking Of State Employee's Personal Car

December 12, 2010 - The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the New York State Department of Labor's warrantless planting of a GPS tracking device on an employee's personal car. The device, planted as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct, tracked the whereabouts of 30-year Department  Read More


New Surgeon General’s Report On Exposure To Tobacco Smoke

December 12, 2010 - Exposure to tobacco smoke even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke causes immediate damage to your body that can lead to serious illness or death, according to a report released today by U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin. The comprehensive scientific report - Benjamin’s first Surgeon General’s report and the 30th tobacco-related Surgeon Read More


OSHA Cites Construction Company For Cave In Hazards At Worksite

December 12, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited J&P Construction of Tuscaloosa, Ala., doing business as Jamison Construction, with safety violations for exposing its workers to cave-in hazards while installing storm drains along Highway 98 in Destin, Florida. Proposed penalties  Read More


Affordable Care Act Improving Health Coverage For Californians

December 12, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a letter from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), which provides health benefits to 1.6 million workers, retirees, and their families, outlining the ways the Affordable Care Act is helping improve coverage and lower costs for Californians. “The efforts by CalPERS to act on the  Read More


Akal Security Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

December 6, 2010 - Akal Security, Inc., the largest provider of contract security services to the federal government, will pay $1.62 million to a class of 26 female security guards, settling a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced. According to the  Read More


Metallic Products Sued For Age Discrimination

December 6, 2010 - A Houston manufacturer violated federal law by enforcing its mandatory retirement policy which required the discharge of employees when they reach age seventy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit (Civil Action No. 4:10-cv-04783) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division), Metallic  Read More


HHS Announces Health Promotion And Disease Prevention Agenda

December 5, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10 year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and “myHealthyPeople,” a new challenge for technology application developers. For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving  Read More


State Trooper Killed On Duty Same Sex Partner Challenges Survivor Benefits

December 5, 2010 - The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri and the ACLU of Kansas & Western Missouri filed a lawsuit on behalf of Kelly Glossip, whose partner, Dennis Engelhard, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year. Corporal Dennis Engelhard was fatally struck by a vehicle while investigating a Read More


DOL Sues Food Distributor For Discriminating Against Women

December 5, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today filed an administrative complaint against Nash Finch Co. for systematically discriminating against more than 80 qualified women who applied for order selector positions at the company's Lumberton facility.  Nash Finch is  Read More


NY City Hospital Purchasing Official Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging

December 5, 2010 - A former purchasing official at Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine in New York pled guilty to participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies related to contracts for maintenance and insulation work performed at Mount Sinai, the Department of Justice announced. Mario Perciavalle, a former associate director of plant services at Mount Sinai and  Read More

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