Zarra R. Elias

Zarra R. Elias

Zarra Elias focuses her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation. She represents employers, businesses, and professional employer organizations in employment law cases before the federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other local, state, and federal agencies. She also advises employers on day-to-day Human Resources matters and employment issues, conducts supervisor training, and drafts employment agreements, policies, and procedures. Additionally, Zarra is a certified mediator and has experience litigating commercial disputes, including those related to non-competition agreements, breach of contract, and unfair business practices.

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LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week’s news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity seems philosophically at odds with a White House statement last month in which the President said he would continue to enforce a prior executive order protecting … Continue Reading

HHS Issues Final Non-Discrimination Rules for Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers and others who receive federal financial assistance are now subject to new non-discrimination rules and notice requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The new regulation prohibits discrimination in healthcare programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex – including pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. The new rule also encompasses the … Continue Reading

NLRB Changes Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status

The NLRB has issued a landmark decision changing its current standard for assessing “joint employer” status in both unionized and non-union workplaces. This is significant, because, even if the company is not the actual employer of workers, the company may be required to bargain with a Union and held liable for unfair labor practice charges if found to be a … Continue Reading

EEOC: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal Under Title VII

The EEOC has found that workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On July 15, 2015, the EEOC reversed the dismissal of a sex discrimination complaint filed by an air traffic controller against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration. The complainant claimed that he was not selected … Continue Reading

Department of Labor: Most Workers Classified As Independent Contractors Are Employees

On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor declared that most workers who are classified as independent contractors are actually employees and cited the erroneous designation of employees as independent contractors to be “one of the most serious problems” at workplaces in the United States. The DOL issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” that … Continue Reading

Texas Federal Court Rules in Favor of NLRB’s “Quickie” Election Rules

A federal judge in Texas recently rejected a challenge to the NLRB’s “quickie” election rules that went into effect on April 14, 2015. One of the significant changes resulting from the enactment of the new rules is the shortening of the timeline for union elections, which the NLRB asserts “modernize[s] the representation case process and fulfill[s] the promise of Continue Reading

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