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GINA Considerations

Dustin Paschal here with Simon Paschal, PLLC with another legal tip for you. Today we’re going to talk about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, otherwise known as GINA. This is a law that’s not that old, but it is something that’s included within the kind of the EOC’s realm of protection for employees, so something for employers to keep in mind. Now mind you, in fiscal year 2014, there were only 13 charges related to GINA, but it may get bigger and bigger. But the gist of it is that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee based on their Read more

Workers Comp Requirements in Texas

Hello everyone. Paul Simon here with the law firm of Simon Paschal in today’s video, we’re going to talk about workers’ compensation as it applies to Texas employers. So as many of you probably already know, Texas does not require an employer to have workers’ compensation. Now a government contractor, a certain businesses, clients, et cetera, may require that you have workers’ compensation to pay on the industry. May also have a requirement to have workers comp, but generally in Texas, an employer is not required to have workers’ compensation. Now, there still are requirements though that the Texas Department Read more

Document Retention: How Long Should I Retain My Employee/HR Documents?

Dustin Paschal here with Simon Paschal PLLC with your, I don’t want to call it the legal tip of the week because it hasn’t been weekly lately but your legal tip. Today we want to talk about retaining employment records. We always get asked by clients and at speeches we give, “How long do I need to keep the records that I have related to employees, or former employees or potential employees?” So, I’m going to go through some of those today. Now there’s a ton of rules for what kind of records you have to keep so I’m not Read more

FLSA Primary Duty Test

Dustin Paschal here with Simon Paschal PLLC for our video tip of the week. It’s been a little while, but we’re back talking about something that we talked about once before. If you remember one of our previous videos was about the white collar overtime exemptions, the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions under the FLSA. And I’m sure you’ve all seen the new regulations that are coming out, or that have come out, that go into effect December 1st, that raised the salary and the salary test portion of those exemptions from 455 a week to 913 a week with Read more
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Employment Attorney Dallas TX

Employee Using Drugs? 3 Steps Recommended by an Employment Attorney

If you believe an employee is using drugs in your Dallas TX workplace, your first step should be to remain calm and consult your employment attorney. Drug abuse is not only damaging to the user but also to the people and environment surrounding them. This can directly affect your workplace and other employees, so it is important to follow the correct steps before making accusations. Using these 3 steps and the help of your attorney, you can address any issues when you suspect an employee is using drugs. Consult Policies While a written policy is not generally required in Texas Read more
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Business Attorney Dallas TX

4 Legal Tips From a Business Attorney To Protect your Small Business

Starting a small business can be challenging, so hiring a business attorney in your area in Dallas, TX is imperative for legal advice and protection. While utilizing the professionals may seem costly and unnecessary, it will be a smart investment for your business’ success and your own personal stress level. Using these legal tips and the help of professionals, you can rest easy in knowing your small business is protected. Say No to DIY While surprising to hear, many new business owners will use free online tools and downloadable documents or contracts for their legal needs. These free online tools Read more
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Employment Attorney Dallas TX

Employment Attorney Dallas TX: Employment Law Management Training

Litigation over workplace practices is on the rise, and business owners need to stay on top of the laws. Keeping employees safe is paramount, as is protecting the bottom line by ensuring staff and management are well-trained on employment law issues. An employment attorney Dallas TX at Simon | Paschal PLLC is knowledgeable about employment law issues from an employer’s perspective and frequently assists clients in providing instruction to employees on the law. Well-trained management is less likely to get the company in hot water, and more importantly, leads to happy and productive employees. Employment Attorney Dallas TX: Training Staff and Read more
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Employment Attorney Dallas TX

Employment Attorney Dallas TX: What to Expect from an EEOC Charge

When an employee feels his or her employer has violated one of the many employment discrimination laws, the employee’s first step is to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The internet is rife with too much information to help employees through this process; but what about employers? The employment attorneys Dallas TX at Simon | Paschal PLLC represent business owners and other employers in all manner of employment law issues, including EEOC charges.  Here are a few things every employer should know. Employment Attorney Dallas TX:  How EEOC Charges Work An employee who seeks recompense against Read more

Employment Background Checks

Dustin Paschal here with Simon Paschal for another video tip of the week. Today we’re going to talk about background checks, something that I would assume almost every employer out there does during the application onboarding process. It’s kind of the last step before they decide whether or not they want to hire an employee. So background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act and there are some guidelines within the act itself. It gets pretty detailed. We want to try to pare it down to some simplistic thoughts here for employers moving forward. And so when you Read more
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Non Compete Attorney Dallas TX

Non Compete Attorney Dallas TX: The Truth About Non-Compete Contracts

A non compete attorney Dallas TX may tell you not to sign a non-compete contract in order to start a new job. However, many people who are looking for work may not have the luxury to choose. Times are tough and people usually need to take any job opportunity that comes their way, even if they have to sign non-compete contracts and would rather not. Before you do that, however, it’s important to know what you are agreeing to. Non Compete Attorney Dallas TX Tells the Truth About Non-Compete Agreements Non-compete contracts essentially say that you will not work for Read more