Are You Unintentionally Discriminating against Pregnant Employees?

by Sarah O’Keefe

Despite clear laws designed to protect the rights of pregnant working women, discrimination against pregnant employees remains pervasive. Federal mandates like the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, along with the state-level Arizona Civil Rights Act, serve to insulate pregnant women from unfair treatment. However, not all employers… [More]

Outsmarting the Smart Workplace

by Tamara Barkdoll

Smart technology can help employers forge a more motivated, efficient and effective workforce. But these devices also pose significant employment-law risks. While employee privacy concerns are one common issue, others are less obvious. Following the tips below can help employers avoid being caught off guard by addressing these legal risks early on.  Be Vigilant and… [More]

Employers: Reject Sexual Harassment (Part II)

by Ben Hase 

This article continues last month’s discussion of steps businesses can take to address the seemingly perennial issue of sexual harassment. But it is worth reflecting again on the fact that, although legislation in recent decades has begun to reflect a growing social consciousness of this as unacceptable behavior, laws, best practices and policies have failed… [More]

Employers: Reject Sexual Harassment (Part I)

by Ben Hase 

Recent events have brought sexual harassment into the spotlight, but it is no stranger to this kind of recurrence. Employees, employers, courts, attorneys, business owners, human resources professionals and many more have struggled with the topic for decades. It was not until the second half of the 20th century that legislation reflected the desire to… [More]

Ethical Data Mining

by David Thomas

A recent data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, affected at least 87 million Facebook users. People’s data was unknowingly used for politically manipulative ads. While an extreme example of unethical data mining, the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal challenges businesses and marketers to think about the ways they collect, use and share data.… [More]

The Opportunity Zone Program (Part 2)

by Marc L. Schultz

The Opportunity Zone Program is new federal income tax incentive program designed to encourage private capital investment in Opportunity Zones (O-Zones), which are certain designated areas throughout the United States.  Opportunity Funds (O-Funds) act as intermediaries between O-Fund investors and the actual investments in the O-Zone. O-Funds are required to hold 90 percent of their… [More]

The Opportunity Zone Program (Part 1)

by Marc L. Schultz

Buried in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the creation of the Opportunity Zone Program. This new federal income tax incentive program is designed to encourage private capital investment in Opportunity Zones — designated distressed communities throughout the United States (including possessions of the United States). Specifically, the Opportunity Zone Program seeks… [More]

Taking the Step to Franchise

by Susan Wells

One option entrepreneurs may consider for expanding their business is franchising. This may have been part of the development plan initially, or the idea may have taken shape and grown from outside as others expressed interest in trying to copy a successful concept — either a proven, mature business or a new and trendy one. … [More]

Workers Comp Damage Control

by Robert Vaught

Arizona’s workers compensation system helps employees who are injured on the job receive necessary medical care and treatment. Injured workers’ claims are processed through the Arizona Industrial Commission. The ICA not only processes claims, but also resolves legal disputes that may arise concerning issues of compensability, continuing benefits, loss of earning capacity and others. During… [More]

The GDPR Deadline Is Looming and Most Companies Are Not Ready

by John Barchie

Current regulations require companies to notify customers if a data breach occurs, but businesses have rarely suffered more consequences other than the loss of information. In May, the General Data Protection Regulation will start holding companies operating in the European Union — a target market for many American companies — accountable for breaches. And the… [More]