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The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Rep. John R. Carter (R-Texas) last month introduced legislation in Congress that aims to bar U.S. citizens from receiving Social Security benefits based on wages earned while they were in the United States illegally …

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If you terminate an employee soon after he or she has returned from FMLA leave, you open yourself to charges of retaliation …

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It’s a dilemma faced by many HR professionals: Discipline an employee who has engaged in a “protected activity” (like union organizing), and you risk a retaliation lawsuit …

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Age discrimination cases are on the rise, with more employees suing under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act …

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When employers assume substantial benefit-administration duties, they may be liable when the proper paperwork doesn’t get to where it should. Because federal law imposes a fiduciary obligation on benefit administrators, employers may be sued when they assume the administrator’s role

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Texas employees and their attorneys have found a way around the federal caps on damages in sexual-harassment cases. Instead of going to federal court, plaintiffs sue in Texas state courts under the Texas Labor Code and add claims of negligent hiring, retention and supervision

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Incentive plans are wonderful motivational tools, but make sure yours doesn’t create an enforceable contract. That mistake may force you to pay bonuses to employees who’ve left or cause lawsuits over the payment amount …

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Brookshire’s Grocery Co. recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the agency on behalf of a former employee allegedly demoted after the company learned that she was infected with Hepatitis C

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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced that the agency has recovered nearly $1.8 million in unpaid unemployment insurance taxes from employers …

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The best defense to a cell-phone liability claim is a comprehensive electronic communications devices policy …

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