Articles by Richard D. Alaniz

EEOC Guidance on Use of Criminal Background Checks Could Impact Hiring Practices

July 23, 2012
Companies that routinely conduct criminal background checks need to take another look at their current policies and procedures. In April, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance about the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring.


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New Rules Could Impose Disabled Worker Quotas on Federal Contractors

June 18, 2012
Companies with federal contracts or subcontracts may soon risk losing their contracts if they do not meet quotas to hire more disabled workers. Proposed rule changes would require employers with federal contracts and subcontracts to set a hiring goal that 7 percent of their employees are qualified workers with disabilities.


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Union Pension Plans: Financial Risks and Liability Considerations for Employers

May 21, 2012
Along with underfunded corporate and public pensions, many union pensions are massively in the red. For employers who have union workers who participate in these types of multiemployer pension plans, the growing liability involved with withdrawing from pension funds presents a serious issue.


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EEOC, Courts Begin to Weigh in on Amended ADA Standards

April 23, 2012
Striking the balance between the need to hire qualified employees and the need to avoid disability discrimination claims has become even more challenging since changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect in 2009.


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When Employees Rant Online: NLRB Weighs in on Workers’ Rights and Social Media

March 19, 2012
If one of your employees calls her boss an insulting or obscene name on her Facebook page, you might think you could fire her without fear of reprisal. But you could be wrong. One company found itself in exactly that situation.


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Pippins v. KPMG: What One Employment Litigation Case Could Mean for Your Company

February 20, 2012
Any employer who has faced potential class-action wage-and-hour lawsuits knows what a headache they can be. Due to a recent court ruling, employers have a lot more to worry about. That case, Pippins v. KPMG, has caused tremendous turmoil and confusion among those who follow employment litigation and electronic discovery.


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Payroll Issues, Personal Liability: Employers Paying the Penalty for Wage and Hour Violations

January 23, 2012
In prosecution of wage and hour violations, the stakes are getting personal. In several recent cases, the government has penalized company owners and officers for failing to pay overtime, imposing stiff fines and even imprisonment.


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What Employers Can Learn From the Hertz Controversy Over Prayer at Work

December 19, 2011

Religion in the workplace can present a difficult balancing act for employers. Failing to strike the right balance can lead to clashes with workers and unions, potential lawsuits, trouble with federal regulators, and a negative public image.


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What the Boeing-NLRB Case Means for You

November 21, 2011
Boeing Co. is trying to expand production and add manufacturing capacity, something most other companies can only dream about doing in this economy. Unfortunately, Boeing has hit a snag. But it is not the economy that is hampering the company. It’s the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).


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Unions Thrown a Life Preserver: NLRB Breathes New Life Into Declining Union Membership

October 24, 2011
Union membership in the private sector stands today at a mere 6.9 percent, down drastically from its high of 35 percent during the mid-1950s. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made recent moves likely to pave the way for unionizing attempts in the workforce.


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