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 “repeated harmful […]

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 reasonable limits […]

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 offer […]

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 […]

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. This is especially true when the weather creates potentially hazardous travel conditions. Your Severe Weather Policy To prepare for these situations, it’s essential to have an inclement […]

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 claims expeditiously […]