The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Employers can, and should, ask for appropriate medical documentation to back up requests for time off. If not received, the worker can be disciplined.

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Sometimes, all a disabled employee needs in order to return to her job is a little bit of additional leave. But there needs to be some sort of estimated return date.

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Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.

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Are separate oil rigs counted under one company bannner?

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On March 24, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance—the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance—which took effect April 4. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12.

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Federal employees have just 45 days after a discriminatory act or decision to file an internal complaint.

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Employers are obligated to provide a work environment free of sexual harassment. They can’t satisfy that responsibility by segregating the workforce by gender, even if doing so would certainly prevent harassment.

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If you have provided a reasonable accommodation for an employee who has a disability, make sure you document any subsequent changes to that accommodation.

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An employee facing the prospect of being demoted, transferred or having to take on new duties may consider retiring instead.

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Make sure that you punish similar transgressions fairly and equally. That’s especially true for serious rules violations. A pattern of punishing one protected class more severely than another is sure to lead to litigation.

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