The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Employers can insist that employees submit medical certification of their need for FMLA leave within 15 days. But what happens if a union member is denied FMLA leave because the employer didn’t get the certification within the 15-day limit? …

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Have you recently settled a discrimination case? If the settlement included the employee keeping his or her job, remind all supervisors that they cannot retaliate in any way—or allow co-workers to get back at the employee …

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Q. Several of our company’s employees live with domestic partners. Are these employees entitled to leave under the FMLA? …

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Q. Our company has operated union-free for many years. How can we best protect ourselves against future union-organizing activities? …

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Employers aren’t just liable for harm that comes to employees while they work. Employers also have to keep customers safe. That duty even includes making sure off-duty employees don’t harm customers if that harm is foreseeable …

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Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson has warned businesses statewide about a company’s solicitation to complete corporate meeting minutes for a fee. The company, which calls itself State Corporate Compliance, has a sales pitch that implies Texas corporations must regularly file corporate minutes with the secretary of state …

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Area Development magazine has awarded Texas its 2008 Gold Shovel Award for economic development and job creation. Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the state. “This award is further recognition that Texas continues to lead the nation in job creation and economic development,” Wilson said …

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According to a recent Pew Hispanic Center survey, Hispanic immigrants have been hard hit in the recent job downturn. Hispanic workers currently have an unemployment rate of 6.5%, compared with 4.7% for other workers …

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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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