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Terminating an Employee in Texas

Terminating an employee from your company is never pleasant or easy and the termination process should not be taken lightly.  Your company should have procedures in place to provide employees ongoing feedback so they know what they are doing well and areas in which they can improve.  Employees that are not performing adequately should be given a chance to improve their performance and there should be a process in place that documents counseling sessions and/or disciplinary notices, steps the employee has taken to improve, the employee’s progress, and any final results. This article does not cover that process but instead Read more
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Workplace Dress Code and Grooming Policies

Workplace dress code and grooming policies can help a business maintain an appropriate image, ensure workplace safety, and foster an atmosphere of teamwork among employees.  However, employers must take care to avoid creating policies that are discriminatory. Below we review some important factors to consider when creating employee dress codes and grooming policies. No Discrimination It is important to remember that an employer’s policies must not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, marriage, pregnancy, race, religion, sex or any other category protected under Federal or Texas state law. When drafting your company’s dress code and grooming policy, make Read more
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Severance Agreements for Texas Employers

Part of running a business is managing the employee separation process.  Managing this process can be just as important as managing employees’ day-to-day responsibilities.  When employees leave your organization, it is often advantageous for the exiting employee to sign a severance agreement.  An agreement that properly outlines the employer and employee’s expectations will save time, money and considerable headaches in the near and distant future. A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee that documents the rights and responsibilities of both parties at termination of employment and beyond.  Typically, a severance agreement gives the employee payment in Read more
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Employee Handbook Guidelines & Pitfalls

A thoughtfully constructed employee handbook lays the groundwork for a strong relationship between a company and its employees. It outlines the employer’s expectations and lets workers know what they can expect from the organization. When you’re preparing your company’s employee handbook, refer to this list for the types of items that should be included and pitfalls to be addressed and/or avoided. Always remember, though, that every handbook is different and your company’s policies and procedures, as well as its culture and its tolerance for risk will determine what is included within the handbook. What to include in your Employee Handbook Read more
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President Trump Appoints Acting EEOC and NLRB Chairs

Last week, President Trump appointed EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic as Acting Chair of the EEOC and appointed NLRB Board Member Philip Miscimarra as Acting Chair of the NLRB. As an EEOC Commissioner, Lipnic served as a member of the EEOC’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the workplace.  Prior to her time with the EEOC, Lipnic served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards under President George W. Bush from 2002 through 2009.  In that role, she oversaw the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Read more
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End of Year Checklist

As we approach the end of another year, there are a lot of things to keep in mind regarding your business and your employees.  Here are just a couple of quick thoughts and items for your end of year checklist: Holiday Parties – Many people are already aware of the dangers created by holiday parties with respect to potential sexual harassment claims and worries about alcohol-induced issues.  Beyond that, though, employers should be aware of religious discrimination and harassment concerns regarding holiday parties.  Religious belief accommodations should be thoroughly examined so that any employee with a sincerely held religious belief Read more
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HR Attorney Dallas

3 HR Attorney Approved Tips to Hire and Manage Employees

Owning a small business can be challenging but the help of an HR attorney is beneficial if you feel overwhelmed. From hiring and firing employees to ensuring all guidelines and regulations are followed, an attorney who specializes in human resources is a great addition to your team. If you are a small business owner, consider using these tips when hiring and managing employees for your company. Hire the Right Employees As an owner of a small business, you will need to rely on your workers at times. Your employees will need to be motivated, disciplined, and productive, but finding qualified Read more
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Human Resources Attorney Dallas

5 Situations That Your Company May Need a Human Resource Attorney For

Even the most conscientious employer may have the need for a human resources attorney in Dallas, TX. There will be tricky issues that arise where having more legal expertise than what you currently possess is beneficial. Employment law changes at such a rapid pace, so being able to identify situations that you may need to call in an attorney for guidance is crucial. Here are 5 situations that may require additional legal support in: Firing an employee Contracts and agreements Employee classifications Lawsuits Policies and handbooks At Simon | Paschal, our Human Resources attorneys possess the experience and legal knowledge to Read more
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Sexual Harassment In your Company and How an HR Lawyer Can Help

Managing a business can be difficult, but hiring an HR lawyer to ensure your employees are working in a safe and successful environment can decrease your stress. Sexual harassment is a serious problem that can affect your business’ productivity, success, and the overall emotional health of your workplace. So, you and your employees need a comprehensive understanding of this common problem. Here are a few signs that sexual harassment is a problem in your workplace. Sexist Comments and Behavior Targeted To One Person If you hear an employee making lewd comments to another employee, that is a common sign of Read more
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Employment Attorney Dallas TX

3 Surprising Reasons Your Small Business Needs an Employee Handbook

As a small business owner, you may not realize the importance of a handbook for your employees, but an employment attorney can help you understand the benefits.  A handbook not only gives your employees required rules and regulations for your business, but it can also protect you and your business’ assets in legal battles. If you are still on the fence about implementing an employee handbook, here are a few more reasons why your small business needs one. Create a Safe Workplace Employees can utilize your handbook to learn techniques that ensure their environment remains safe. Considering there are millions Read more