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Polygraph Protection
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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...
Maintenance of Effort Requirements Ensure Health Insurance During Tough Economic Times
Missouri Budget Project
August 4, 2011
Rate Review Requirements in Health Care Reform: Increased Information May Improve Consumer Decision-Making
Missouri Budget Project
July 29, 2011
Not All Pension Plans Are Created Equal
July 25, 2011 - As a series of high-profile states, cities, and large corporations across the country are being forced to shut down their traditional pension plans, the opposite trend is occurring in retirement plan...
Exempt vs Non-Exempt Employees
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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...
Is It Really "Loser Pays" in Texas? The Latest Tort Reform Law Explained in Plain English
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
June 16, 2011 - By Tamara Wall There was a lot of press and hand-wringing over the passage of the Texas Legislature's latest version of tort reform. Like many contentious issues, a lot of misinformation accompanied...
Employee Overtime
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
May 19, 2011 - Of all the employment issues out there, overtime is relatively simple, right? Just hand it off to the payroll company and voilà, it's done. Of course, the payroll company does not decide whether empl...
Sexual Harassment: How to Avoid an EEOC Claim and Lawsuit
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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...
Take Action Now to Prevent Your Website Being Associated with a Porn Site
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
April 4, 2011 - After much debate, the international body in charge of governing domain names, ICANN, has authorized pornography-based websites to register with a top-level domain of .xxx as opposed to the more comm...
Employee Drug Testing
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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 ...
Pacific Lumber and Philadelphia Newspapers: The Eradication of a Carefully Constructed Statutory Regime Through Misinterpretation of Section 1129(b)(2)(A) of the Bankruptcy Code
The American Bankruptcy Law Journal
February 1, 2011
Does the Family Medical Leave Act Apply to My Business?
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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?
Gray Reed's Employer Handbook
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...
In Defense of Confidential Votes on Petitions for Review at the Texas Supreme Court
23 Appellate Advocate 34
Fall 2010
Recent Amendments to the FCA
Gray Reed & McGraw Legal Alert
August 25, 2010 - Health Care Reform Places Affirmative Duty on Providers to Refund Overpayments From Federal Health Care Programs Health care reform raises many difficult issues for health care providers. Risks that...
The Problem of Proximate Cause: Assigning Restitution Under 18 U.S.C. § 2259: In re Amy, 591 F.3d 792 (5th Cir. Dec. 29, 2009)
42 Tex. Tech L. Rev – 5th Cir. Highlights 61
Fall 2010
Health Care Reform Places Affirmative Duty on Providers to Refund Overpayments from Federal Health Care Programs
July 2010 - Health care reform raises many difficult issues for health care providers. Risks that now accompany a failure to make timely repayment of overpayments place particularly difficult burdens upon provid...
Restructuring Debts In and Out of Court
June 30, 2010 - There are many reasons why a company may become financially distressed. Once it reaches a point of insolvency, however, management may consider a restructuring of the company's financial obligations ...
What Does Health Care Reform Mean For Physicians?
April 19, 2010 - Last month we saw historic changes made to our nation's health care system when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended by the Health Care a...
Offshore Anti-Abuse and Foreign Provisions in the HIRE Act
March 31, 2010 - The President recently signed into law the "Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010" (the HIRE Act, P.L. 111-47). The HIRE Act includes a comprehensive set of measures to reduce offshore ...
SEC Adopts Enhanced Proxy Disclosure Rules for the 2010 Proxy Season
March 9, 2010 - By Mark Wigder and Paul Leitner, Gray Reed & McGraw As companies begin preparing their 2010 proxy statements and other periodic reports, they should be aware that the SEC has recently adopted amen...
Who Pays for the Well After the Lease Terminates? Wagner & Brown v. Sheppard - The Rest of the Story
December 11, 2009 - By Charlie Sartain and Josh Weaver, Gray Reed & McGraw Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard* is well-known for its holding that termination of an oil and gas lease for land that was part of pooled uni...
Do You Own Your Company Name (and Can You Even Use It)?
August 29, 2009 - Imagine After significant planning and exhaustive efforts to gather seed money, you are finally ready to start up your new business in Texas. You have come up with a clever name for your company, an...
IRS Announces "Quiet Disclosures" No Longer Accepted
August 28, 2009 - Voluntary disclosures have been with us for many, many years. It is a procedure by which a person who has committed a tax crime, either failure to file tax returns or income tax evasion, or any of th...
A Guide to Buying Distressed Assets
August 18, 2009 - Many people are looking for companies, real estate, and assets that, for any number of reasons, are "distressed," which normally means priced at less than market value. However, how do you determine ...
Researcher, "Hospital Negligence: Legal and Administrative Issues"
Thomson Reuters
2009
Document Retention: The 800 lb. Gorilla
June 10, 2009 - Document retention is a matter of growing importance for both lawyers and clients, but could be characterized as an 800 lb gorilla in the corner of the room that no one wants to talk about. Lawyers a...
Oil and Gas Operator Liability Addressed in Recent Texas Supreme Court Rulings
April 27, 2009 - The Texas Supreme Court has issued two important and related opinions affecting mineral owners and their lessees. In Exxon Corporation v. Emerald Oil & Gas Co., L.C.,2  the Court held that a private ...
2009 Changes to COBRA: What Employers Need to Know
March 19, 2009 - Whether you think the federal stimulus package is a great idea or a bad one, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 became law on February 17, 2009.  Of the many changes made by the Recov...
Alert Regarding "Compliance Services" Solicitation
March 9, 2009 - Recently, an entity calling itself “Compliance Services” with an address in Austin, Texas, mailed solicitations entitled “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement” to numerous Texas business entities. Th...
About Face: Significant Changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act that Affect Your Business Right Now
March 4, 2009 - In the fall of 2008, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (the “Amendments”) which became effective January 1, 2009, and make changes to the Americans with...
A-Rod v. Employee Drug Testing?
March 2, 2009 - You are in your office before the day starts reading an article in the paper about Alex Rodriguez’ impressive baseball career when your assistant bursts in announces that an employee you sent out to ...
A Guide to Employee Terminations
February 26, 2009 - By Brent Dyer and Cleve Clinton, Gray Reed & McGraw Most employers know that Texas is an “employment at-will” state, meaning that—unless there is an employment agreement guaranteeing employment fo...
Dallas County Ordinance Targets Apartment Complexes
February 9, 2009 - In January 14, 2009, the Dallas City Council passed Ordinance Number 275481 to amend certain provisions of the Dallas City Code pertaining to apartment complexes.  The ordinance links crime rates to ...
Justice Dept Challenges Offshore Private Banking
December 3, 2008 - Federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service are getting serious about pursuing Americans who have parked money in offshore bank accounts.  Last month, the government disclosed the indictment...
Weblinks
71 Texas Bar Journal 364
May 2008
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977
December 17, 2007
The Rejectability of Arbitration Clauses: Part II
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
June 1, 2007
The Rejectability of Arbitration Clauses
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
April 1, 2007
Citation Writ Large
20 Appellate Advocate 89
Winter 2007
A Vote By Any Other Name: The (Abbreviated) History of the Dissent from Denial of Review at the Texas Supreme Court
Appellate Advocate
Spring 2006
Workers’ Comp. Whirlwind
Texas Lawyer
December 19, 2005
The Rule of Capture—Still So Misunderstood After All These Years
37 Texas Tech Law Review 1
Winter 2004
Co-author, Statistical Analysis of the 2001-02 Puerto Rico Supreme Court Term
Puerto Rico Law Review, Volume 72, Number 3
2003
The Accountability of a Producing Co-Tenant
Natural Resources State Bar Section Report
February 1976
"The Duties of Operator in Marketing Non-Operators Production"
Buying and Selling Gas, Chapter 2, Executive Enterprises Publications Co., Inc.
1990
The Case of the Missing Trust Agreement: What To Do When A Written Trust Agreement Is Lost Or Cannot Be Located
Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Reporter (Vol. 54, No. 3)
2015