Articles by Richard D. Alaniz

Top 10 Best Practices in Workers’ Comp

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.


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Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

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.


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Minimizing the Risk of Background Checks

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.


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Impact of Decision Holding President Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

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.


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How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

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.


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Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

How Employers Can Strike the Right Balance
December 17, 2012
In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.


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Tips to Avoid a Post-Holiday Party Sexual Harassment Charge

November 19, 2012
For many companies this time of year means planning the annual holiday party. This is not as simple as it seems. When employees cut loose at company-sponsored functions, the results can lead to sexual harassment charges and other liability issues.


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Employers Should Prepare for More OHSA Whistleblower Investigations

October 22, 2012
As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) beefs up its whistleblower program, employers should brace themselves for more claims and investigations. Over the last year, OSHA has been developing a “multifaceted plan for strengthening the enforcement of 21 whistleblower laws under its jurisdiction.”


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The Rise in Pregnancy Disability Regulations

September 17, 2012
Disability claims are always challenging for employers, but this is especially the case when pregnant workers suffer complications that leave them unable to perform their normal job duties.


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EEOC State Data Shows Trends, Areas to Watch

August 20, 2012
For the first time, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed how many discrimination charges and which types of charges have been filed in each state and territory since 2009. Now, companies can access this information for each state where they have sites and offices.


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