The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

According to U.S. Department of Labor officials, the final version of the revisions to the white-collar exemption rules will be released in July. Employers will have only 60 days before the final rules take effect.

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Employees who are military reservists can be called to active duty for weeks, months or even year-long deployments. But punishing that soldier for the inconvenience can be costly.

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The Fair Labor Standards Act includes exemptions for certain professions, including one for commercial seaman. Some seafaring workers have recently tried to narrow the exemption by arguing that it only applies to employees who actively navigate vessels.

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If you are a federal contractor, take note: You may be required to reasonably accommodate disabled independent contractors.

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Every business is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, right? Wrong!

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Technology and new ways of doing things sometimes clash with old laws and regulations. Take, for example, the Fair Labor Standards Act rules on who is an exempt employee.

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Are you afraid to discipline, or even discharge, a pregnant employee? You shouldn’t be, as long as you have a rock-solid reason unrelated to pregnancy.

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The so-called Belo plan exception lets employers pay a set amount to employees who have irregular schedules, even if they sometimes work overtime because of the nature of their jobs.

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When more than one employee is implicated in a rule violation, make sure all employees are disciplined equally. That’s especially true if they have the same supervisors and similar disciplinary histories.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act will have an enormous impact on employers in the retail and hospitality industries.

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