Brett Holubeck

Hi, I’m Brett Holubeck (bholubeck@alaniz-law.com) and I’m an attorney with Alaniz Law and Associates, a labor and employment law firm 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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Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash In a past post, I discussed how to respond to union organizing. But what happens if the employees have an election and  a union is voted in or if the company has had a collective bargaining agreement for years. What do employers need to know when negotiating an agreement? As a reminder, a collective bargaining agreement is an agreement between an employer and the union that represents a…
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash 2020 has arrived and so have my 2020 labor and employment law predictions. One side note, I am not going to repeat my 2019 labor and employment law predictions that are likely to happen in 2020 (new states that protect medical marijuana use outside of work, increased sexual harassment charges, the elimination of the H-4 EAD program, the NLRB issuing the joint employer standard, more states passing paid family…
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash If you recall this article from last year, then you remember that I made some labor and employment predictions for 2019. Some of them came true, but some of them were delayed, likely until 2020. Here is an overview of each of the labor and employment predictions and where the law or issue stands right now.  1. Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Increased In 2018, the last fiscal year that…
Photo by Fabian Blank on Unsplash Wage and hour issues can cause a variety of headaches for companies. In 2017, there were 8,261 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits filed against companies, which is 417 percent more than in 1997. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has recovered $2.8 billion from companies since 1984 with 70% of the money coming from FLSA violations that collectively affected 3 million workers. Failing…
Photo by Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash Finding good employees is tough. Unemployment is at a 50 year low (it is around 3.6%) There are around 1 million more job openings vs. potential applicants at this point in time, and the reality is that immigration and finding candidates that can come to the US to work is getting more difficult under the current administration. So, how can companies find the right candidates? And why…
Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash It’s Veterans Day. A great day to honor all those that have served our country in the military. For employment lawyers, businesses, and Human Resource professionals, it is a great time to review some of the special requirements of employing veterans. The Benefit of Employment Veterans Companies love veterans. The Center for Talent Innovation found that efforts to hire veterans can “consume as much as 20 or 30
Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash Haunted Houses, Halloween Stores, and Employment Law Halloween is a $9 billion dollar industry with more than 175 million Americans taking part. Haunted houses are a 300 million industry according to an NBC news article from 2013. Consumers were expected to spend $3.2 billion on costumes and $2.7 billion on decorations with 35% of consumers going to a Halloween store to buy their costumes during Halloween. More than
Photo by Pablo Varela on Unsplash Supervisors are your front line of defense against any employment claims, low morale, productivity issues, and a number of other workplace problems. Unfortunately, many companies fail to adequately provide supervisor training and select the wrong people for the position. When this happens, disaster can strike with a fury. What To Do When you Promote Someone Many companies promote their highest performing employees to supervisors Many companies promote their highest
Photo by Elias Castillo on Unsplash Business immigration and visas are complex; navigating the system can seem like going through a labyrinth. We have talked about immigration a few times here at Texas Labor Law Blog-  discussing immigration and the midterm elections (including DACA, increases in Notices of Inspection, and what businesses should do in an ICE raid). Ultimately, immigration is an issue that HR cannot ignore. “There were a
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash In an earlier post we discussed how to respond to an unfair labor practice charge and how to respond to union organizing. However, many employees work in unionized work environments and feel that they would be better off without the union. Some examples are listed here: In the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Ass’n decision in 2014 (which resulted in a tie at the Supreme Court), Friedrichs, a California…