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Texas Employer Handbook - Published Monthly

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Travel Time
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May 30, 2014 - With this month’s topic, we arefor some reason reminded of the lyrics to a Clint Black song: “. . . no time to kill, but time to change the kind of hurry I’ve been in . . .” For many employers...
Child and Spousal Support
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April 30, 2014 - One of my friends, and a good client, called recently with an employee standing in her office.  The employee was demanding that the company stop deducting for child support and pointing to an order ...
Bonuses
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March 27, 2014 - Contemplating how to open this month’s edition yesterday evening, I was interrupted by an especially loud commercial for a magical car scratch kit.  At the end of the commercial came the customary, i...
Age Discrimination
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February 27, 2014 - Age discrimination claims are on the rise.  With the down economy from 2008 – 2012 (or even 2013), many 50-somethings found themselves downsized.  Statistically it has been difficult for them to find...
I-9 Forms
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January 31, 2014 - If you’ve hired someone, you are familiar with the USCIS form I-9 (and if you’re not, maybe you should give me a call).  You probably have a good grasp on how to fill it out as well.  But what if you...
Holiday Parties
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November 22, 2013 - I know I’m getting old now.  I am wondering where the year has gone.  The last time I looked up it was summer and – whoosh – its November.  The malls are starting to get crowded and the holiday lig...
Employee Terminations
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October 30, 2013 - Unless you run the happiest company in America, terminations are an unfortunate by-product of having employees.  They are unpleasant not just for the person being let go, but often for the person giv...
Background Checks
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October 1, 2013 - Have you ever “Googled” a prospective employee?  Is that a good idea?  What about requiring a prospect to share their Facebook password so you can check what they have posted?  Are these legal?  Are...
Equal Pay Act
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August 28, 2013 - This June marked the 50 th anniversary of the Kennedy Administration’s Equal Pay Act, a law designed to help equalize wages between men and women.  According to statistics quoted around the time of ...
Workplace Investigations
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August 2, 2013 - Ever wonder what it is like to be the detective investigating a crime?  Television makes it look like such a glamorous and exciting job.  You get to question the key witness until they crack under pr...
Tips
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May 28, 2013 -  For the first time, we have focused on a topic that might not apply to everyone.  We received a special request for an edition on tips.   So, here it is!  For those outside the tip arena, this edit...
At-Will Employment
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April 29, 2013 - What does “at-will” employment mean?  The general assumption is that “at-will” means an employee can quit for any reason and can be fired for any reason.  But is that really true?  Well . . . maybe n...
Recordkeeping - Part 2
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March 27, 2013 - In keeping with our promise, we return this month with the second half of our recordkeeping discussion to cover the remaining requirements and pass on what might be a simpler set of rules to follow. ...
Recordkeeping - Part 1
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February 27, 2013 - Many employment laws have posting requirements and recordkeeping requirements.  While most businesses easily meet their posting requirements by purchasing a new Texas and Federal Employment law poste...
Smoking Discrimination
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January 25, 2013 - Whether you are a smoker or a business owner that hates smoking, you should know the rules about smoking at work.  Seriously?  Is smoking another “protected class” like race, sex, national origin, et...
Unpaid Interns, Volunteers and Trainees
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December 19, 2012 - About a month ago, my wife made me watch the movie, The Devil Wears Prada and it made me wonder how many other businesses are out there taking advantage of free labor from “interns”.  As it turns o...
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
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November 6, 2012 - Whether you are a subscriber to workers’ compensation or not, an employee’s claim of injury is not just sad for the employee, but it interferes with an employer’s ability to conduct business.  You ne...
Discriminatory Use of Criminal Background Checks
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September 26, 2012 - This spring Pepsi got "popped" for a $3.1 million dollar settlement with the EEOC over its refusal to hire anyone with an arrest or conviction record. Following the settlement, the EEOC released upda...
The WARN Act
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August 27, 2012 - In this continuing tough economy, employers that have avoided layoffs are finding it hard to maintain efficiency. To slim down and become more efficient, many are finally laying off large numbers of ...
Hiring Children
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June 25, 2012 - This month's piece is written for both your business and personal interest. Maybe your close friend is trying to get you to hire her 14 year old to get him out of the house for the summer. Or, perh...
Hiring
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May 30, 2012 - In this day and age it is very tempting to "google" your prospective hires to see what you can learn about them on the internet. Some companies have even started demanding to look at a prospective em...
Deductions from Pay
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April 30, 2012 - One of your employees damages a piece of work equipment. Can you deduct the repair from their wages? What if it takes them below minimum wage for the week? Do you need their written consent before do...
Job Descriptions
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March 29, 2012 - How does HootersTM get away with hiring all young female waitstaff? Well, the company got sued over it, but wised up afterward and created a job description that makes it a "bona fide occupational qu...
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
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March 5, 2012 - Fast forward twenty years. Everybody is genetically tested to find out what health issues have been passed to them from their parents. To protect the citizenry from the prying eyes of insurance compa...
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
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January 31, 2012 - Atten-Hut: This month we focus on the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"). The name may be a mouthful but most employers seem to have no clue about this law or its re...
Covenants Not to Compete
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December 12, 2011 - Last month we covered trade secrets and confidentiality. Now, it is time to give you the most commonly used weapon to combat employees taking your secrets across the street to a competitor. Behold, t...
Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
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November 3, 2011 - What is the recipe for Coke? Can you tell me Colonel Sanders 11 herbs and spices? I couldn't tell you, but there are probably some employees of those companies who can. If you thought about it long e...
Polygraph Protection
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September 29, 2011 - Before 1988, businesses could essentially break out a polygraph machine to test employees anytime they liked and rely on the results in all business decisions.  After Congress passed the EPPA, use of...
Privacy in the Workplace
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August 11, 2011 - Can you rifle through an employee's purse at work? Can you listen to their phone calls or read their e-mail? Some of you are reacting to these questions as individuals who want their privacy protecte...
Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees
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June 18, 2011 - Last we covered the basics of overtime. This month, you get the other half - exempt vs non-exempt employees. As if there were not enough potential for trouble with just calculating overtime, there ar...
Employee Overtime
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May 19, 2011 - Of all the employment issues out there, overtime is relatively simple, right? Just hand it off to the payroll company and violà, it's done. Of course, the payroll company does not decide whether empl...
Sexual Harassment: How to Avoid an EEOC Claim and Lawsuit
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April 29, 2011 - Television and movies have done a lot to form our opinions about what is and is not permissible in the workplace. Everyone has seen the boss\secretary affair, and most people realize it is not approp...
Employee Drug Testing
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February 25, 2011 - The need to test an employee for drugs doesn't come up very often, but when it does, employers tend not to act. They have the desire, but employers just don't know if it is legal. Erring on the side ...
Does the Family Medical Leave Act Apply to My Business?
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January 19, 2011 - The Family Medical Leave Act or "FMLA" provides sweeping benefits to employees allowing them to take up to twelve weeks a year in unpaid time off and keep their job. Most business owners are aware of...
The Differences Between Independent Contractors and Employees
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January 4, 2011 - Uncle Sam needs tax dollars in a down economy and he knows independent contractors often forget to report all or a portion of their income. That is why the Department of Labor and IRS have recently t...
How Can an Employer Successfully Handle Social Networking?
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December 10, 2010 - "Social Networking" wasn't even a recognized concept ten years ago when I went into private practice. Now it is vying for a place in Webster's and so pervasive that business owners have to consider h...