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Retaliation in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

While laws against harassment and discrimination are in place to protect employees, some claimants soon find themselves the subject of retaliation: being fired, demoted, arassed, or otherwise subjected to unfair treatment by their employers as a result of their allegations. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has put regulations in place to prohibit retaliatory […]

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“At Will” Employment in Texas: What Employers Need to Know

Texas is an “employment at will” state, and it’s important that employers understand exactly what that means, both for themselves and for their employees.   “At will” employment means that if there is no employment contract, either the employer or the employee may terminate the working relationship for any reason, at any time, with or […]

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LGBTQ Worker Protection to Continue under Trump Administration

On January 31, 2017, the White House announced that President Obama’s 2014 executive order protecting employees from anti-LGBTQ discrimination will continue to be enforced under the Trump administration. Signed in July 2014, Obama’s executive order prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Specifically, it amended Executive Order 11246, […]

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Proposed EEOC-OFCCP Merger Faces Opposition from Employers and Civil Rights Groups

As the 2018 fiscal budget begins to take shape, the Trump administration is proposing a merger between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a subagency of the Labor Department that monitors affirmative action and nondiscrimination compliance for federal contractors. According to the president’s proposed budget, the […]

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Pregnancy Discrimination: What Employers Need to Know

A suit for violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) can cost a great deal of money in damages for lost wages and benefits, medical damages, mental anguish and punitive damages as well as for attorneys’ fees.  It can also cost a great deal of time for staff members, negatively affect morale and result in […]

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The Gig Economy: What Employers Need to Know About Working with Independent Contractors

Much has been written in recent years about “the gig economy” — an environment that favors hiring independent personnel for short-term appointments — and with good reason. According to a recent Princeton University study, the percentage of American workers engaged in “alternative work arrangements” has grown from 10.1 percent in 2005 to 15.8 percent in […]

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): What Employers Need to Know

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted in 1993 with the goal of helping employees strike a balance between family and work life. With a new administration coming into power in Washington, we may see some changes to the law in the months and years to come, but here’s an overview of what […]

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What’s Ahead for Employers in 2017

Employers face not only a new year but also a new incoming administration in the White House. Some rules passed in 2016 will go into effect in 2017, while the future of others is still uncertain. Here are a few issues for employers to watch as we ring in 2017. Form I-9 All employers will […]

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Same Sex Harassment

Charles Peckham here on a hot button issue in Employment Law. Neither Federal Law nor the Texas Labor Code prohibits discrimination based upon gender identification or gender preference.  Some Courts have come close however to interpreting the law to protect these.  This issue is before the 11th Circuit now, following on a watershed case in […]

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New Overtime Rule Blocked: What’s Next?

On November 22, Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas blocked the Department of Labor’s new federal overtime rule by granting a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit that challenged the DOL’s authority. The rule was seeking to raise the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) remuneration threshold for exemption […]

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