The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

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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A recent court decision is good news for employers of commissioned, exempt salespeople that also imply in their advertising that the salespeople don’t work on commission.

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Houston-based Lawler Foods will pay $1,042,000 to settle charges it discriminated against applicants who aren’t of Hispanic origin. Three black applicants filed discrimination charges after Lawler refused to hire them.

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Here are some of the highlights from the OSHA head’s chat with the oil and gas servicing industry.

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Telling workers to eat lunch while driving doesn’t convert that travel time into an unpaid lunch break.

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