Daily Archives: May 4, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Government by Richard Dahl  
Couple Considers Divorce to Keep Disability Checks Coming

A Freeport, Ill. couple has decided to get divorced after 21 years of marriage because the wife’s new job would mean that the husband’s disability payments would be severely cut.  David and Lois Fisher told the Freeport Journal-Standard that they’d been living at poverty level since David broke his back in three places in 2000, relying on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for his disability.   In 2005, when Lois lost her job, the couple were forced to move into a …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

On retrial, jury erases $322 million asbestos award In a stunning reversal of fortune, a oil rig worker’s $322 million verdict that a jury awarded last year has been erased by a second jury hearing the case on retrial. Last May, Thomas Brown, Jr., who developed asbestosis after working in the oil drilling industry for decades mixing raw asbestos powder with drilling mud, won $322 million against asbestos makers Unions Carbide and Chevron Phillips Conoco. His lawyer, Allen Hossley, had …

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Posted 5 years ago in Labor and Employment by Aaron Kase  
EEOC Bans Discrimination Against Ex-Cons

Convicted criminals and other people with arrest records should find it easier to land a job, thanks to a new policy announced last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Policy bans employers from using arrest and conviction record as sole basis to turn away applicants, unless there is a compelling business reason to do so Refusal to hire people with criminal records had disproportionate affect on employment potential for African-Americans People fired or denied a job based on criminal …

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