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Tomas  Rivera

Tomas Rivera

Discover Financial Services Inc.
Director & Senior Counsel, Employment Law
Riverwoods, IL, USA


Tomás has been with Discover Financial Services since July 2012, and his primary role is to provide legal advice and support to Human Resources and Business Unit clients to ensure global compliance with all fair employment requirements mandated by local, state, federal and international laws and regulations.  His areas of coverage include traditional labor topics such as FLSA, NLRA and OFCCP compliance, as well as general areas of employment such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, EPA, FMLA, and WARN, Employment Contracts and OSHA.  He also advises in areas related to global employment contracts, and Immigration.  Areas of responsibilities cover all aspects of the terms and conditions of global employment from recruitment through succession and termination, including compliance with background screens, classifications, compensation, employee relations, performance management, workplace investigations, corrective action/termination, reorganizations, reductions in force, trade secrets, and severance agreements.

Prior to Discover, Tomás worked at Walgreen Co, as a Senior Attorney, Employment and Labor, between 2004 and 2012. At Walgreens, he was also responsible for similar areas of coverage in addition to advising on matters related to employee unions, Diversity and Inclusion, USERRA, HIPPA, and laws applicable in Puerto Rico.

Prior to Walgreens, Tomás worked for the U.S. Postal Service, as a Labor and Employment Law Attorney, between 1999 and 2004, where his practice focused on litigating employment-related matters in partnership with Assistant United States Attorneys in Federal District Courts in Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Prior to the U.S. Postal Service, Tomás worked at Lawton & Cates, in Madison, Wisconsin between 1996 and 1999, where he practiced Employment law.

Tomás received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

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