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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 […]

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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 […]

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TWC Tips for Providing Job References

When a former employee pursues an opportunity with a new employer, requesting job references is a standard part of the process. However, job references have recently become a controversial topic, as some employees have brought defamation lawsuits against employers for giving negative information. As a result, some employers are reluctant to give references, which can […]

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Hiring Summer Interns: What Texas Employers Need to Know

With the end of the school year just weeks away, this is the perfect time to think about hiring your summer interns. Intern programs can be beneficial for both the intern and the employer, and it’s important to be aware of your legal responsibilities. Intern or Employee? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires for-profit […]

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Study: Age Discrimination Still a Problem

Older workers, particularly women, still encounter discrimination in hiring, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Due to the aging U.S. population and the resulting burden on the Social Security system, new federal programs are encouraging workers to stay in the workforce longer. “However,” the study states, “hiring discrimination […]

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Is Your Employee Handbook Due for an Update?

With the end of the year in sight, this is a perfect time to review your employee policies and procedures manual and identify portions that may be outdated so you start 2018 with a handbook that is up to date.   We’ve seen some recent court decisions that had a significant impact on employer/employee relations, […]

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Hurricane-Related Layoffs and Unemployment Claims: What Employers Need to Know

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many businesses have fallen on hard times, some to the point where layoffs have been unavoidable. If your business has had to lay off employees due to the storm and the flooding that ensued, here’s what you need to know about employees filing unemployment claims. Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) […]

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OSHA’s New Electronic Reporting System: What Employers Need to Know

On August 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced a new reporting system for submitting injury and illness data electronically. While use of the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) will not be mandatory until later this year, covered employers are advised to be aware of the system, how it works, and how their […]

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed suit against Abercrombie and Fitch stores for denying employment to a Muslim woman because she wore a headscarf, which violated the company’s “look policy.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the store’s decision was motivated by a refusal to accommodate the woman’s religious practice, which is […]

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Can I Be Fired for Evacuating to Escape a Hurricane?

When Hurricane Harvey hit the greater Houston area, a series of voluntary and mandatory evacuations found Houstonians displaced from their homes, many of them wondering if their jobs would be waiting for them when the storm was over. In 1995, specific language was added to the Texas Labor Code to address employer discrimination against employees […]

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