Brett Holubeck

Hi, I’m Brett Holubeck (bholubeck@alaniz-law.com) and I’m an attorney with Liskow & Lewis in Houston, Texas. I have a great interest in helping businesses run efficiently, ethically, and most importantly, legally—it excites me, challenges me, and gives my work great meaning. As the son of a small business owner, I have seen first-hand what it takes to run a strong business that ensures a safe and productive work place for employer and employee alike.

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This is one of the most impactful years that the Supreme Court has had on labor and employment law. The Court took on a number of important and controversial issues including gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination, the DACA program, the standard that must be met for proving age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and race discrimination under Section 1981, whether the ministerial exception applies to teachers at religious schools, and whether…
Onboarding a new employee is tough. Onboarding a new employee remotely is even harder. There are several considerations that every company needs to have before they bring on a new employee especially in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic.  Make sure that the Paperwork is Completed As I mentioned in an earlier post, employers still need to complete the I-9 for all new hires, but this rule has changed somewhat: Every employee must fill…
Businesses are slowly returning to normal from the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. However, there are still a number of issues that are employers are facing. Of course, the most important issue for many employers is making sure that their business survives. Unfortunately, many businesses are also facing another issue: lawsuits. The potential liability for companies is continuing to accelerate. Here are the most likely lawsuits, administrative proceedings, and labor/employment law issues that employers will face in a…
Cobra. No, not that Cobra. Not that one either. The employment law one that sounds like it has absolutely nothing to do with employment law. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.  You know COBRA. The law that, among other things, requires companies that lay off or terminate employees to provide employees the option to continue their health insurance coverage for a period of time.  What Triggers COBRA Notice Employers with 20…
Unfortunately, the Coronavirus and COVID-19 layoffs are going to continue. In one survey, 32% of Chief Financial Officers believe that there will be more job cuts. There are a number of surveys that discuss what people will do once restrictions regarding the coronavirus are lifted. One survey found that 57% of people in Seattle will avoid social gatherings once restrictions are lifted. There are a lot of stories out of Texas about restaurants and…
Discrimination in the workplace is not something that ended in the 1960’s with the passing of the civil rights act and desegregation of public schools. It continues today. A recent Glassdoor survey found that 61 percent of U.S. employees “have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on age, race, gender or LGBTQ identity in the workplace.”  In particular the survey found that: Forty-two percent of working adults in the US have either been a…
With COVID-19 still raging through the country and unemployment projected to hit 32% and affect 47 million people, recalling employees may seem to be one of the last things on employees’ minds right now. However, it is something that all companies need to seriously be concerned about. Moreover, with President Trump’s plan to reopen the economy and Governor Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas it is something that all Texas employers need to start to…
Anyone that is working right now is aware of the coronavirus. It is all over the news and is impossible to avoid. Every day the death toll is updated, and more infections are found. Moreover, the news reports are saying that the US may face 18 months of rolling shutdowns. The reality is, businesses will be dealing with COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) for the foreseeable future. Last week I gave some tips on managing remote
Things are not fine. Like really not fine. Work is not normal. Employees are trying to take care of their kids, work, find toilet paper (and other household goods), and maintain some kind of normalcy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote work is a benefit that a lot of employees want in normal times. In the time of COVID-19, remote work is a smart way to protect employees that do not physically need to…
As of April 1, employees are eligible for the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). On March 31st, the IRS published guidance (FAQs) on what employers must provide the IRS to support a claim for sick leave or family leave tax credits. The guidance also clarified that only one caretaker can take leave for a child whose school or childcare is closed, and…