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Written By Gregory Fischbach

August 23, 2022
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Michelle Alarcon

Michelle Alarcon.

HPU Professor Michelle Alarcon, J.D., MBA, has had a busy summer of activities that include reviewing textbook materials for McGraw-Hill, being a court appointed arbitrator, and submitting several papers for publication in academic journals. Alarcon has been an HPU faculty member for over 20 years and teaches various subjects in the HPU College of Business, including employment labor law, and business law and ethics.  

In May and June, Alarcon reviewed three textbook materials  for McGraw-Hill that include: Connect Master Business Law, Application-Based Activities, and Principles of Management Concept Review.  

Alarcon also was assigned to preside as a court appointed arbitrator  for a civil case in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit. The case decision concluded in June 2022.

“Arbitration involves submission of a dispute to a neutral arbitrator who renders a decision after hearing arguments and reviewing evidence,” said Alarcon. “It is usually less rigidly structured and can be concluded more quickly than formal court proceedings.”  

In July 2022, Alarcon submitted academic papers for conference and publication approvals. A full draft is submitted for publication entitled HRM Ethics and Law: Manipulation of HRM Policies to Deceptively Support Employment Laws was submitted. The paper discusses two cases that reveal some disturbing manipulation of HRM policies implemented within a structure of legally sound and ethically grounded procedures, but cleverly conducted in ways to circumvent certain employment laws (e.g., ADA, EEO laws).  

A second full draft paper is entitled The Law and Oppressive Child Labor. The paper examines the major causes of oppressive labor; the relevant laws of the United States and the United Nations; the loopholes in these laws; how these loopholes enable the proliferation of the problem; and proposed legal revisions that uphold all forms of oppressive child labor laws as crimes.  

The third draft is an abstract entitled Tenets of Justice: First Do No Harm. This was submitted for acceptance in a Las Vegas conference proceeding in October. 

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