Articles by Richard D. Alaniz

The New FMLA: It's Not Just for Pregnancies Anymore

March 23, 2009
When someone mentions the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), many people immediately think of pregnancies. And FMLA is a resource for employees impacted by pregnancies, but it’s much more than that. New regulations governing the FMLA have become effective, so it’s a good time to review FMLA issues.
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Can You Keep a Secret? More Importantly, Can Your Employees?

February 16, 2009
A recent survey found that a substantial number of employees admitted to stealing confidential employer information. Your proprietary company information is vital and there are a number of steps you can take to greatly reduce your risk of theft.
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Background Checks: Is an Honest Employee Too Much to Ask For?

January 19, 2009
In the old days, a background check consisted of a couple phone calls to a former employer and a reference check. Modern background checks involve a comprehensive investigation. But the law draws some clear limitations on what can be considered valid criteria and what crosses the line into unfair discrimination.
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Discrimination by Association - What Employers Need to Know

December 22, 2008
“Association discrimination” claims arise when an employee claims he or she has been discriminated or retaliated against because of an association or relationship with a disabled person. Employers need to tread carefully in this area.
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Companies Need to Prepare Now for ADA Changes

November 17, 2008
When President Bush signed the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Amendments Act of 2008 into law, it signaled major changes in the legislation that prohibits workplace discrimination against people with disabilities. When the law becomes effective on Jan. 1, employers need to be prepared for those changes.
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Called to Depose in a Lawsuit? Here Are 10 Tips You Need to Know

October 20, 2008
It’s the type of phone call no manager wants to get - there has been an accident at a work site that involves someone else. In such cases, a lawsuit can follow, and you may be called to give a deposition and possibly testify in court. If you should ever be deposed, here are 10 tips to remember.
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The Advantages and Pitfalls of Monitoring Your Employees

September 22, 2008
Employee monitoring can offer advantages to both employees and employers, including more efficiency, better work product, and mitigating risk for all parties involved. At the same time, managers should be aware of legal restrictions and also need to be sensitive to employees’ concerns.
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Post 9/11, Religious Discrimination Claims Rise

August 18, 2008
The 9/11 attacks came as the United States has become a more religiously diverse country. Since then, the number of religious discrimination cases that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives has been on the rise.
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OSHA Now Requires Employers to Pay for Most Protective Gear

July 21, 2008
Last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that means it may cost more now to keep employees safe on the job. Under the new rule, companies will now have to pay for most personal protective equipment for their workers.
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Figuring Out Military Leave

June 23, 2008
During this presidential election year, politicians are debating how long American troops may be fighting wars overseas. Companies with employees on active military leave, though, need to be sure that they are complying with all the relevant legislation right now.
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