The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

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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Does your hiring process build in safeguards to prevent inadvertent disability discrimination? If you’re unsure, follow these guidelines for setting up the right process …

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Supervisors often treat employees who have been known to complain about discrimination with kid gloves. But you should explain to managers and supervisors that only adverse employment actions can lead to lawsuits. Minor workplace changes probably won’t provide ammunition for yet another discrimination complaint …

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When hiring new employees, be aware that they may have signed noncompetes or other employment agreements with their previous employers. Ask if they have. If they did, ask for a copy. Then have your attorney review the terms before you make an offer. Here’s why …

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Courts often suspect the worst when employers fire severely ill employees. A judge may bend over backward trying to find a way to help the employee. An employer that can’t offer concrete, solid and compelling reasons for the termination may very well find itself trying to defend a “regarded as disabled” lawsuit …

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An employee sometimes will look for any reason to file a lawsuit—especially if she thinks she has been treated unfairly but doesn’t have any direct evidence. That’s one good reason for justifying all employment-related decisions …

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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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A Texas company that provides water transfer services for the natural gas industry has agreed to pay $597,530 for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found that the Western Company of Texas, Inc., based in Justin, owed back wages to 237 employees. The company had failed to pay them overtime …

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