The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Call it morbid interest born of the current economic crisis, but more and more everyday citizens want to know exactly how much Texas executives earn. To help them satisfy that curiosity, the Houston Chronicle has created a handy database …

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What should you do if you suspect an employee is goofing off at work or perhaps sleeping at his desk? One employer recently took the high-tech approach to that problem, setting up a surveillance camera to catch an employee in the act. It worked, but it took a trip to court to finally put this case to bed.

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Multinational materials processing company Saint-Gobain is suing a Houston competitor, Centronic LLC, and two former Saint-Gobain employees, alleging they illegally brought proprietary information with them when they went to work for Centronic.

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In uncertain economic times, employers sometimes have to cut staff and redraw org charts to stay competitive. Employees often know far in advance that change is coming—and that they may lose their jobs. And some already may be looking for ways to “get back” at their companies via lawsuits …

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LA Weight Loss, which was renamed Pure Weight Loss in 2007, has settled a lawsuit filed against it by the EEOC. The agency had alleged a nationwide pattern and practice of sex discrimination at locations across the country …

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You never know which employee is going to sue you over a lost promotion, poor evaluation or other perceived slight. That’s why you should always keep careful track of all work deficiencies and document what role they played in every employment decision.

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A federal jury recently found that the Beaumont Police Department discriminated against a police officer because of her gender. The jury awarded $150,000 to Officer Tina Lewallen, who sued the department for gender discrimination in 2005 …

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Members of three unions recently ratified a new three-year contract with Lufkin Industries. The agreement will give 1,200 workers at five Texas plants wage increases totaling 11% over the term of the contract.

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The University of Texas at Austin has released a study showing large gaps in pay, promotions and representation between male and female professors in the university’s academic departments.

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Smart employers make sure their employees know the rules by providing information several ways.

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