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“Am I Required to Offer Holiday Pay?”

With the holidays approaching, many employers are seeking clarification on the issue of whether they’re required to pay employees for non-working holidays. Here’s what you need to know. On the federal level, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to pay employees for days not worked, including sick leave, vacations, and holidays […]

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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sight, this is a perfect time to review your employee policies and procedures manual and identify portions that may be outdated so you start 2018 with a handbook that is up to date.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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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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