What’s Fueling Employment and Labor Law in Nevada?

Dan Aquino, Co-Chair of our Employment & Labor Law Practice, is quoted in the July 2023 issue of Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report. Dan is quoted on pages 18 and 19 as part of the Practice Area Snapshot article that examines “the factors that fuel labor and employment law.” As the article explains, “Perhaps no other field of law acts as a mirror of changes in the United States as much as labor and employment law. Economic cycles, shifting political winds, gender and cultural changes, and cataclysmic events like pandemics all affect the workplace, which in turn carry ramifications for labor and employment law and its practitioners.” The complete Of Counsel July 2023 issue is available here.

Dan Aquino’s quoted comments are excerpted below.

  • COVID’s Ongoing ImpactMany employers across the economic spectrum seem to have learned a lot from the changes COVID forced on them and are taking precautions and planning for other major disruptions that may strike by preemptively talking with their attorneys. “While industries have weathered COVID’s most severe impact due to shutdowns, employers are recognizing the need to maintain safety in the workplace, and ensure they are prepared for the future,” says Daniel Aquino co-chair of the employment and labor law practice at Nevada’s McDonald Carano. “Employers are still requesting our assistance to look forward by helping them review and revise a comprehensive suite of human resources policies and procedures that need to be tailored to address what could be considered ‘lessons learned’ from the special considerations of the COVID pandemic.” Aquino says these requests for help encompass many workplace concerns. They include counsel on ADA reasonable accommodation analysis, employee privacy, HIPAA compliance, on-site employee health and safety issues, hybrid work arrangements, and crisis communications.
  • Nevada’s Economic Growth – Nevada has been experiencing significant growth in recent years and McDonald Carano seems to be right in the thick of it, which is fueling activity in this area. “[The state’s] economy is growing, and businesses are expanding throughout Nevada,” Aquino says when asked what’s driving the firm’s L&E practice. “There’s a significant number of businesses relocating corporate headquarters to Nevada from other states, or otherwise expanding their regional operations … into Nevada. Our practice is busy serving the employment and labor law needs of these businesses.”
  • Future Outlook — “The future of employment and labor law will continue to be driven by an ever-changing patchwork of laws and regulations on the local, state, and federal levels. These laws are particularly susceptible to administration changes transforming policy, which filter down to federal and local agencies enforcing employment and labor laws. (One example is the NLRB’s recent sharp disapproval of non-compete agreements.) Further, as history confirms, new employment laws and labor regulations are often driven by the interrelated social, cultural, and political changes and movements that make their way into the workplace.”

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