Articles by Richard D. Alaniz

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Is It Legal to Only Hire the Already-Employed?

The Problems With Must-Be-Employed Rules
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While the “must be employed to apply” philosophy may make sense, federal regulators are examining these types of policies, and at least one state has made it illegal.


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Bona Fide Meal Periods: Are Your Practices Creating Overtime Liability?

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Taking workers off the clock for their meal periods can lead to litigation and government investigations if not done with care.


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A Social Life: When Employees and Applicants Take to Facebook

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Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong. Or consider whether you should Google job applicants. It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you don’t do it correctly, you could end up in the midst of a lawsuit.
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Responding to the Increasingly Aggressive Pursuit of Employers and Undocumented Workers

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The Social Security Administration’s re-introduction of No-Match Letters, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s skyrocketing issuance of Notice of Inspections of I-9s, evidences the federal government’s increasingly aggressive stance to curb the hiring of unauthorized workers and to penalize employers who do.
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Get the Right Results From Employment Tests, While Avoiding Charges of Discrimination

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To bring more objective standards to the hiring and promotion process, many organizations are using or considering employment tests. However, when employment tests are not designed, administered, or used correctly, they can leave employers vulnerable to claims of discrimination and reverse discrimination.
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Public Unions, the Economy and What's at Stake for Companies Now

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It’s a story that’s playing out across the country - cash-strapped governments are scrambling to balance their budgets while hamstrung by the contracts of current and retired public union workers. Without the ability to renegotiate contracts or get concessions from unions, governments are left to increase their tax rates and cut services.
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