Articles by Richard D. Alaniz
Laws Governing Affirmative Action for Contractors Are Lengthy and Complicated
November 18, 2013
If companies with federal contracts or subcontracts are found to be non-compliant in regard to equal employment and affirmative action, they can face mandatory changes in their employment policies as well as bad publicity.
Recent Trends and Tips
October 21, 2013
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken an increasingly aggressive posture toward enforcement actions against employers. Employers should be aware of these troubling trends in EEOC behavior and be prepared to properly respond to an EEOC complaint.
EEOC Complaints Are Being Filed at a Record Pace
September 23, 2013
Several factors that have been developing over the last several years are poised to plunge employers into a new wave of disability claims. There are a number of proactive steps that employers can take to avoid problems.
Supreme Court Ruling Helps Limit Liability
August 19, 2013
On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court narrowed the definition of who qualifies as a “supervisor” for the purposes of harassment cases. This holding is a significant win for employers and affords opportunities for employers to limit their liability when harassment claims are made.
To Properly Respond, Companies Need to Understand the Latest Trends and Developments
July 22, 2013
In order to properly respond to meritless whistleblower retaliation claims, companies need to understand trends and developments in this area. They must also know how to respond if one of their employees claims retaliation.
Managing the Different Aspects of Workers’ Comp
June 24, 2013
Dealing with injuries, managing workers’ compensation issues, and getting people back on the job can be complicated, expensive, and time-consuming. In order to manage the expenses, time, and effort involved with the different aspects of workers’ comp, here are 10 best practices.
Be Sure to Comply With All Applicable Federal and State Laws
May 20, 2013
Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.Read More
April 22, 2013
Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process — employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.Read More
March 18, 2013
On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that President Obama had unconstitutionally appointed three board members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Thus, the NLRB has lacked its required quorum of three members for the past year, calling all of its decisions into question.
February 18, 2013
When Abercrombie & Fitch’s Michigan stores ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. The $1,047,110 fine was imposed even though the clothing retailer fully cooperated with investigators and there was no proof it knowingly hired illegal workers.