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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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Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training

Harassment prevention training is a critically important component of an organization’s plan to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Workplace discrimination and harassment can lead to lawsuits that can do serious damage to a company’s finances and reputation. Importance of Anti-Discrimination Training Anti-discrimination training protects your business from disputes involving harassment, discrimination, and violation of federal and state laws governing the treatment of employees and coworkers in the workplace. It does this by Educating employees and managers on proper workplace conduct, Preventing discrimination and harassment, and Reducing the likelihood and/or success of harassment and/or discrimination claims and lawsuits. Training should Read more
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Workplace Posters Required in Texas

Employers in Texas are required to display notices or posters in the workplace to inform employees of their rights and protections afforded by federal and state labor laws.   There are certain workplace posters that must be displayed by all employers. Requirements for other posters vary based on number of employees, industry, and other factors. Workplace Posters All Texas Employers Must Display Regardless of the business’s size or industry, there are a number of posters that every employer must display under Texas and federal law. These are: Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (lists minimum wage) Employee Polygraph Protection Read more
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Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Your Texas business may use independent contractors and employees to perform similar, if not the same duties from week to week. While the work they perform and their responsibilities may seem very similar, it is critically important that, as an employer, you understand the differences between independent contractors vs. employees. The differences between these two types of workers determine what types of laws apply to them when in your service. Misclassification of Workers Increasing Self-employed individuals have been providing services to businesses for decades, but there are more employment laws on the books now than ever before.  In recent years, Read more
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Department of Labor Audit Checklist: Wage & Hour Audit

Employers must comply with numerous Department of Labor (DOL) laws concerning employee wages and hours, workplace safety, family and medical leave, and special rights granted to military veterans in the workforce, among others. A DOL audit can focus on any area of employment law. The DOL has the right to audit employers at any time, so employers are wise to be prepared for scrutiny. In light of pending changes to Wage & Hour rules proposed in the Fair Labor Standards Act, we have put together a checklist to help you steer clear of trouble during a DOL Wage & Hour Read more
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General Counsel Services: Lawyers on Staff at Your Business

  Running a business becomes more complicated each day. In addition to the rigors of the competitive marketplace, you must manage your personnel and employment law issues as well. If your company has employees, you must stay abreast of labor laws, know which laws apply to your company, stay on top of changes in the law, and be sure your entire organization is in compliance. This can be a big job, regardless of how many you employ. Read more
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The ADA and Mental Disabilities

We are in the process of preparing our “Sensitive Employee Relations” presentation for the upcoming Frisco HR Summit at the end of March, so we thought we would provide you a preview of that speech while also providing some valuable information regarding mental disabilities and mental health and their relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Not only is mental health a very sensitive issue in the workplace but it can often be difficult to handle from a Human Resources perspective. Just as with other disabilities under the ADA, a mental disability is (a) any impairment that substantially limits one Read more
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Workplace Posters

We get a lot of questions about workplace posters from employers and this can often be a somewhat confusing area.  What posters you must display can be driven by the number of employees you have, the industry in which you operate, whether or not you have federal contracts, and a multitude of other factors.  The Department of Labor has created a great tool for determining what federal posters you must display.  You can access the tool here: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/posters.htm.  The tool is a step-by-step question process that is extremely easy to use.  At the end, the tool provides valuable information about 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