(713)574-9044
800 Bering Drive, Suite 220
Houston, TX 77057

News

Study: Workplace Bullying on the Rise

As the issue of bullying in schools continues to occupy the national spotlight, researchers are discovering another environment where bullying behavior is having negative impact: the workplace. In a 2017 study by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), more than 60 million U.S. workers reported having been affected by workplace bullying, which the WBI defines as […]

Read More...

The Equal Pay Act: What Employers Need to Know

According to a 2016 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median weekly earnings for men age 16 and older who were full-time wage and salary workers were $915, while the median for female workers was $749 — an 18 percent difference. Passed in 1963 and enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the […]

Read More...

How the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Protects Service Members

  Enacted in 1994, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed members of the armed forces and their civilian employers. USERRA requires that, upon returning from duty, Service members must be promptly re-employed in the same position that they would have attained had they not been absent, […]

Read More...

DOL’s New PAID Program Helps Employers Correct Inadvertent FLSA Violations

For employers who discover inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor has a new pilot program to expedite resolution without litigation. The stated purpose of the new Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program is “to resolve such […]

Read More...

SHRM Survey: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Is Under-Reported

Most incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace still go unreported, according to a 2018 survey by the Society for Human Resources Research (SHRM). Among the HR professionals surveyed, 36 percent reported at least one allegation of sexual harassment occurring in their organizations within the past year. Of those, more than one-third (36 percent) reported […]

Read More...

Employee Separations: What Texas Employers Need to Know

When an employee separates from an organization, it can be a challenging time for both parties. Even if the separation is amicable, managers should take steps aimed at preventing possible disputes over unemployment claims or even lawsuits.   Here are a few points for Texas employers to keep in mind when dealing with employee separations, […]

Read More...

Policies for Inclement Weather: What Employers Need to Know

As we enter the Summer, we enter Hurricane season in Texas.  While employers have a duty to keep their businesses running, they must also balance the safety of their employees, especially when the weather creates potentially hazardous travel conditions. To prepare for these situations, it’s essential to have an inclement weather policy in place as […]

Read More...

Are Employers Required to Offer Vacation Leave?

As the summer season gets underway, many employees will be planning to take vacations … and some employers may have questions about their responsibilities concerning vacation leave. Under Texas law, employers are not required to offer employees vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. Vacation leave is considered a benefit that the employer may choose to […]

Read More...

New Study Ranks Houston Among Best Cities for Small Businesses

In a study sponsored by online review company Yelp, Houston has ranked No. 10 among best cities in the United States for small businesses. The Yelp Local Economic Outlook highlights cities where small businesses have the greatest chances of success. According to Yelp’s blog post announcing the program, it is “an ongoing effort to surface […]

Read More...

Noncompete Agreements in Texas: What Employers Need to Know

Noncompete clauses and agreements appear frequently in employment and other types of business contracts. In the employment scenario, a noncompete requires the employee to agree that upon termination or resignation, he or she will not enter into or start a business similar enough to the employer to be considered a competitor. Such agreements are aimed […]

Read More...