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The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Health care facilities are increasingly becoming targets of class-action wage-and-hour lawsuits. Alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, several recent lawsuits in Texas have challenged timekeeping practices related to meal breaks.

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One of the best ways to tell if applicants have the skills to perform specific tasks is to directly ask how they’ve used those skills in the past. These sample questions can help hiring managers spot 10 important “soft” skills:

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When a former employee asks the Texas Workforce Commission to order her former employer to cough up allegedly unpaid wages, the commission’s decision on what was owed can be used to end a Fair Labor Standards Act claim for the same pay.

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Don’t expect a quick dismissal of a lawsuit just because the employee or his lawyers miss a deadline. Courts are quick to grant extensions in the service of “justice” and won’t come down hard for seemingly minor deadline misses.

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Not every attempt at seduction becomes a sexual harassment case—as long as the employer takes appropriate action right away once it learns what happened.

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HR professionals have protection against being fired for voicing legitimate concerns about discrimination and for refusing to engage in activities they believe may be discriminatory.

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Faced with the choice of retiring or being fired, someone who retires may be able to argue that they were constructively discharged.

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Some employees who have been on staff for many years believe their experience should automatically be rewarded when promotion opportunities arise. When someone with less experience but more education is promoted instead, they may sue, alleging some form of discrimination, whether age or otherwise.

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Eight years of an Obama-era Democratic majority at the National Labor Relations Board have brought about some counterintuitive decisions and pro-union outcomes. One of the latest is Mek Arden, LLC d/b/a Arden Post Acute Rehab (365 NLRB No. 109, 2017).

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A former firearms instructor for the Austin Police Department has filed a retaliation lawsuit claiming the department retaliated against him for filing an EEOC discrimination complaint.

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