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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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Texas Employer Incentives to Hire Veterans

The state of Texas is home to the second-largest population of U.S. military veterans in the country, with nearly 20,000 service members transitioning from Texas military facilities to civilian life every year. Close to 40,000 veterans are currently seeking employment, and employers are discovering the benefits of adding vets to their employee rosters. Here are […]

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2nd Circuit: Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation – 5th Circuit and most Circuits still say it Does Not

Last month the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — the federal law that bans sex discrimination — also applies to claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

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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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What Employers Need to Know about the EEOC and TWC Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation Charge Process

While no employer likes to think about an employee filing a discrimination complaint, it’s important to be prepared by knowing how the process works. According to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), some of the most common discrimination complaints concern refusal to hire, termination, demotion, or harassment due to Race Age Gender Disability National origin Pregnancy […]

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Employee Dating Policies in the #MeToo Era

The recent #MeToo movement has shone a spotlight on widespread sexual harassment in the workplace, leading many employers to reevaluate their employee dating policies. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) advises that while an employer should not necessarily try to limit any and all on- or off-duty contact or relationships between employees, it may certainly impose […]

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NSC: Strong Employer Policies Needed to Deal with Opioid Abuse in the Workplace

Turn on any news channel and before long you’ll probably see a story about the opioid epidemic in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 2.1 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. The epidemic is growing, and employers are feeling the effects. […]

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Workplace Trends to Watch in 2018

The year 2017 gave business owners and HR departments plenty to keep up with, from new OSHA rules to heightened awareness of sexual harassment to the seemingly endless legal battle over minimum wage laws. As we look to the months that lie ahead, here are a few emerging and continuing trends to keep an eye […]

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Your Small Business Year-End Checklist

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to make sure your small business’ HR operations are ready for whatever the coming year brings. Before you get ready to “ring in the new,” take a few moments to complete your year-end checklist, including the following. Make sure employees are properly classified. Review your […]

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