The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Managers of the Razzoo’s Cajun Café chain of 11 restaurants in Texas and North Carolina thought they had hit on a surefire way to build bar business: Make sure 80% of their bartenders were women. One factor they failed to consider: The EEOC takes a dim view of such hiring quotas …

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Good news for employers carrying various types of liability coverage: A Texas Court of Appeals has sided with an employer that attempted to collect on a liability policy after it lost a $1.75 million defamation judgment …

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Defense contractor Vought Aircraft recently agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by more than 1,000 job applicants. The settlement comes as a result of charges brought by the DOL that the aircraft parts manufacturer discriminated against minorities and women in hiring …

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Arlington Host Corp., which formerly owned and operated the BallPark Inn in Arlington, settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit for $20,000 brought by the EEOC on behalf of a front-desk clerk who was pregnant when she lost her job …

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In February 2008, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel issued two guideline memoranda outlining the board’s rationale in two recent decisions concerning “union salting.” Salting is a strategy in which union supporters apply for employment in a nonunion workplace. The goal is to unionize that company’s work force …

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Q. What are “seasonal employees"? Is it true that an employer does not have to pay them overtime? …

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A Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime claim is one of the most dangerous lawsuits employers can face. If one or two employees claim they worked off the clock before or after punching the time clock, their attorneys may try to represent every employee companywide who did the same thing …

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On May 5, El Paso County officials adopted a resolution calling for an end to workplace immigration raids until Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The “Rights and Justice for Immigrant Workers” resolution calls for eliminating employer sanctions and no-match letters …

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The National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association announced that the registered nurses at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in Houston voted in favor of representation …

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The Texas Supreme Court in April granted a petition to rehear its decision that a premises owner was protected from tort liability under the state’s workers’ compensation law because it was also a general contractor …

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