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Haynes and Boone Advises Super D in Acquisition of Alliance Entertainment

A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers advised Super D, a global music wholesaler, in its acquisition of Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation, a multimedia wholesale distributor, from Platinum Equity and the Gores Group. >>



Recent Publications

Labor and Employment Law and Social Media: 2013 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014

Social media continued its rise as a significant factor in almost every aspect of the employer-employee relationship, the authors write. >>

NLRB Roundup: A Year in Review, and a Look Ahead

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) began 2013 as it began 2012, facing questions regarding whether a quorum of its members had been constitutionally appointed. >>

Social Media Law Reporter Guest Article: Top Five Issues to Watch in 2013

Social media touches a variety of different areas of individuals’ lives. It allows people to easily stay in touch with family and friends across the world, follow their favorite celebrity’s random thoughts expressed in 140 characters or less, and receive coupons from stores by ‘‘liking’’ or reposting certain information. In fact, it is hard for anyone with access to a computer or other mobile device to avoid being involved in social media in some way. >>



Alex Stevens

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Áreas de Practica

Educación

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2010, with honors
  • B.A., History and Religious Studies, Trinity University, 2007, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Alex Stevens

Alex Stevens is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Alex has assisted employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, including:

  • Providing advice and counsel to employers concerning both traditional labor and employment issues, including responding to grievances, minimizing risks of litigation, and establishing lawful employment policies.
  • Advising clients on wage and hour compliance issues regarding compensable time, overtime compensation, employee exemptions, and other compensation issues.
  • Drafting and negotiating collective-bargaining agreements.
  • Drafting severance and release agreements, employment agreements, employee handbooks and workplace policies and procedures.
  • Assisting in the defense of clients against claims under Title VII, § 1981, ADA, ADEA, and FLSA, as well as breach of contract and employment-related tort claims, including grievance arbitration in union settings.
  • Defending clients against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Assisting federal and state contractors in complying with the Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon Act and related state prevailing wage statutes, including drafting lawful compensation and benefit policies, drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and defending prevailing wage lawsuits.

Alex also has extensive experience regarding labor and employment issues during the bankruptcy process, and related issues regarding reductions-in-force and the WARN Act.

Alex is a member of the firm's Social Media Practice Group, and frequently counsels clients regarding social media policies and discipline relating to employee social media activity.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • "Labor and Employment Law and Social Media: 2013 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014," co-author, Bloomberg BNA's Social Media Law & Policy Report, January 21, 2014.
  • "NLRB Roundup," co-author with Arthur T. Carter and A. John Harper III, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, Summer 2013.
  • "Social Media and Labor and Employment Law: Top Five Issues to Watch in 2013," co-author with Karen Denney, Social Media Law Reporter, January 24, 2013.
  • "NLRB Developments: New Election Rules, Class Action Waivers and (Maybe?) Recess Appointments," co-author with Arthur T. Carter and A. John Harper III, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, Summer 2012.
  • "Social Media Status Update," Haynes and Boone 24th Annual Employment Law Update - Dallas, April 24, 2012.
  • "Workforce Q&A: NLRB Notice Posting Requirement Changes," Texas Business Report, Vol. 27, Issue 4, April 2012.
  • "Executing Low Risk Layoffs and Other Labor Cost-Savings Measures," LeadSA at the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Employment Law Update, March 22, 2012.
  • "The ADAAA: Three Years in Review," Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce 22nd Annual Employment Law Update, March 16, 2012.
  • "Defining the Workweek and Determining the Regular Rate: A Basic Guide to Calculating Overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act," Lorman Education Services Seminar, March 23, 2011.

Selected Representative Experience


Representation of Client throughout Union Organizing Campaign
Successfully represented employer throughout union organizing campaign, beginning with advice on authorization card drive and request for recognition and continuing through an NLRB election in which the majority of employees voted against unionization. Negotiated election details and scope of bargaining unit with the NLRB, trained supervisors on appropriate campaign communications and conduct, and provided strategic advice to the employer throughout the campaign, including advice regarding captive audience speeches, postings, and mailings, and advice relating to the application of solicitation, distribution, access and other policies. Also provided follow-up advice and counsel, supervisory and management training.

Alliance Acquisition
Represented CD Listening Bar, Inc. d/b/a Super D in its acquisition of Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation, a multimedia wholesale distributor.

Pre-Acquisition Labor Law Advice and Counsel
Counseled private equity fund concerning purchase of unionized industrial maintenance contractor with numerous national and local agreements that was engaged in providing specialized services at electrical and nuclear generating facilities, refineries and chemical plants, concerning labor law successorship, single employer and joint employer issues, scope and jurisdiction of labor agreements, and impact of transaction on affiliated non-union portfolio companies.

Collective Bargaining and Strike Planning
Representation of large mining and natural resource company concerning collective bargaining negotiations covering five locations, seven unions, and approximately 2,200 employees. The work consisted of assessment of agreements, identification of negotiations priorities, coordination of planning, preparation of legal portion of strike contingency plans, leadership of company’s negotiations team, and serving as chief spokesman in negotiations with the unions.

Guidance Concerning Duty to Bargain and Labor and Employment Law Compliance
Provided strategic advice and counsel to electrical generation and distribution company operating with coal, oil and gas-fired generating facilities in six states regarding sale and closure of facilities, retiree health insurance, increased cost sharing of health insurance, use of independent contractors and subcontractors for bargaining unit work, and handling and litigation of arbitrations concerning contract interpretation, reservation of rights language in benefit plans, contracting out, and terminations of employees.

Grievance Arbitrations Under Collective Bargaining Agreements
Handled substantial numbers of labor arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements involving discharge and discipline, skilled wage rates, subcontracting, leave of absence and contract interpretation.

Online Publications

01/21/2014 - Labor and Employment Law and Social Media: 2013 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2014
Social media continued its rise as a significant factor in almost every aspect of the employer-employee relationship, the authors write.

02/18/2013 - NLRB Roundup: A Year in Review, and a Look Ahead
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) began 2013 as it began 2012, facing questions regarding whether a quorum of its members had been constitutionally appointed.

01/24/2013 - Social Media Law Reporter Guest Article: Top Five Issues to Watch in 2013
Social media touches a variety of different areas of individuals’ lives. It allows people to easily stay in touch with family and friends across the world, follow their favorite celebrity’s random thoughts expressed in 140 characters or less, and receive coupons from stores by ‘‘liking’’ or reposting certain information. In fact, it is hard for anyone with access to a computer or other mobile device to avoid being involved in social media in some way.

05/18/2012 - NLRB Halts Implementation of New Election Rules: Vote on NLRB Election Rules Lacked Quorum, Judge Rules
On May 15, 2012, a federal district court judge for the District of Columbia struck down recent changes to the National Labor Relations Board’s representation election procedures, which were intended to streamline the Board’s representation election process.

04/20/2012 - Update: NLRB Suspends Implementation of Notice Posting Rule Pending Legal Challenges
On April 17, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision enjoining the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) from implementing a controversial rule requiring employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). 

03/07/2012 - Update: Court Upholds NLRB Adoption of Notice Posting Rule But Limits Sanctions
On March 2, 2012, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s authority to adopt a proposed regulation requiring employers to post a notice informing employees of their federal labor law rights.

02/03/2012 - NLRB Roundup Part 3: New Election Rules, Class Action Waivers and (Maybe?) Recess Appointments
The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy few weeks. This alert discusses new developments.

12/28/2011 - Update: NLRB Delays Notice Posting Rule’s Effective Date
On December 23, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would postpone its requirement that employers post a notice informing employees of their federal labor law rights until April 30, 2012.

12/12/2011 - NLRB Roundup Part 2: Board’s Aggressive Agenda Unabated: Required Notice, Rulemaking, Social Media, and the Boeing Case
As promised, Part 2 of our NLRB Roundup takes a step back from the case law summarized in Part 1 to address other issues surrounding the current Board and its effect on the labor law landscape.

10/14/2011 - NLRB Roundup Part 1: Obama Board Continues Apace Reversing Bush Board Decisions, Expanding Labor Laws
Since our last summary, the Obama Board has taken significant steps to further outgoing Chairman Liebman’s stated goal of bringing the Board “back to life after a long period of dormancy.” Our roundup will be addressed in two parts. Part one, that follows, addresses Board decisions and case law developments. Part two will address other issues involving the current Board and its effect on the labor law landscape.

09/07/2011 - NLRB Social Media Status Update: Is the Board Sending Employers a Friend Request?
Since the famous “Facebook firing” complaint in late 2010, many observers have worried that the majority-Democrat National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB” or the “Board”) social media focus was an attempt to establish pro-union, anti-employer precedent, giving employees free rein to disparage and criticize their employers online.

09/01/2011 - Dude, Where's My Disclosure? Don't Get Punk'd by FTC Regulation of Employee Social Media Use
As Ashton Kutcher has learned, the Federal Trade Commission takes online endorsements seriously. Recently, the actor and avid Twitterer edited an online issue of Details magazine that plugged several technology start-ups without clarifying that Kutcher had invested in many of them.

02/15/2011 - Supreme Court Again Expands Retaliation Protection
Consistent with its retaliation decisions over the past five years, the United States Supreme Court has revisited and expanded the scope of protection from retaliation under Title VII. In an 8-0 decision issued January 24, 2011, the high court expanded the scope of Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision by concluding that in certain situations, the statute allows an employee who has not personally engaged in protected activity to lodge a retaliation claim under the statute.

02/09/2011 - NLRB Roundup: More Frequent and Significant Action from Obama Appointees
The Obama National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has started to make its mark on the labor laws through a series of changes that collectively may have a significant impact on the labor law environment.