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Workers’ Comp for Employees with Side Effects from Mandated COVID-19 Vaccines

Many employers in Texas are requiring employees to have COVID-19 vaccines in order to do their jobs. If your business has made vaccines mandatory as a condition of employment, then you should know that it is possible for an employee to seek workers’ compensation benefits for an adverse reaction to, or side effects from, a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, the Texas Department of Insurance has made clear that employers have a duty to report adverse reactions in a manner similar to reporting other workplace illnesses or injuries, although making such a report does not necessarily mean that the employee will Read more
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5 New Texas Workplace Laws Passed by Texas Lawmakers in 2021

Many new Texas state laws were passed in 2021. A number of those laws may affect employers, including both their rights concerning business practices and responsibilities to employees. If you have any questions about compliance with Texas business or employment law, one of our experienced Frisco attorneys will be glad to help.  In the meantime, take a look at this review of five new workplace laws passed by Texas lawmakers in 2021. Law Providing Enhanced Protections for Active-Duty Service Members Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 484 into law, and the law took effect on September 1, 2021. The law Read more
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Wage Deductions: Can I Dock Costs from Employee Wages?

Texas employers may be able to make deductions from employee wages under certain circumstances, but it is essential for employers to know that they must do so in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Texas Payday Law. Under federal and state law, certain types of deductions are always permitted, while others may be permitted in Texas if an employer obtains written employee authorization. Then, some types of deductions are never permitted, even if an employee authorizes such a deduction in writing. The Frisco employment law attorneys at Simon Paschal PLLC can assist your business with Read more
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Minimum Wage and Overtime Exceptions: Understanding the Outside Sales Exemption

Employers in Texas and throughout the U.S. are required to pay employees a minimum wage unless they are exempt. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are a wide variety of workers who may be exempt, which means the employer is not required to pay the minimum wage and/or overtime compensation. However, it is important for employers to understand, as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) explains, that “exemptions are narrowly construed against the employer asserting them,” and the “ultimate burden of supporting the actual application of an exemption rests on the employer.” Common exemptions include commission sales employees, Read more
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When Should We Update Our Employment Handbook and Policies?

It is important for all Texas businesses to have employment handbooks and policies, and to ensure that these materials are updated regularly. You might initially assume that once your company’s employment handbook and workplace policies are created, they only need updating when there are obvious changes to be made. However, a smarter strategy is to review and if necessary, update these materials on an annual basis at the very least, and sometimes with more frequency. So, when should you update your business’ employment handbook and policies? Our firm has some tips to guide you. Review Your Employment Handbook and Policies Read more
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Ep. 10 – Friday Q&A – What is the status of mandatory vaccinations?

Assisting your business with all your employment law needs in Dallas TX. Arm yourself with the right information pertaining to employment law in Dallas, TX so that you can have the peace of mind in knowing that you’re doing what’s right for your company. Simon | Paschal 5300 Town and Country Blvd. Suite 155 Frisco, TX 75034 972-893-9340 www.simonpaschal.com Read more
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Complying with Posting Requirements for Remote Workers

Employers in Texas must comply with requirements to provide employees with notices concerning their rights and workplace safety issues through posters. These posters are designed to provide employees with information about their rights under both Texas state and federal law. Failure to display one or more of the required posters can result in liability for an employer. Yet understanding how these poster requirements work for remote or work-from-home employees can be complicated. Our experienced Dallas employment lawyers have information to help your business remain in compliance with state and federal law regardless of whether you have employees in the physical Read more
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Texas’s New Sexual Harassment Laws- What Employers Should Know

Two employment law bills recently took effect in Texas on September 1, 2021, that expand certain protections for employees in Texas workplaces. The bills, SB 45 and HB 21, expand protections to employees specifically concerning sexual harassment in the workplace under the Texas Labor Code, allowing more employees to have eligibility to file a claim and giving employees a longer statute of limitations for these types of claims. The laws are specific to sexual harassment in the workplace and do not extend other types of employee protections in the workplace. Employers in Texas should learn more about the changes to Read more
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Can an Employer be Held Liable for Pandemic Injuries/Death Under TX Law?

It is important for employers in Texas to understand potential issues of liability pertaining to COVID-19 infections and deaths connected to their businesses or places of employment. Indeed, many employers in Texas have questions about whether they can face lawsuits if an employee or a customer contracts COVID-19 at their business and becomes seriously ill or dies. If you are an employer in Texas, our Dallas employment law attorneys can provide you with the information you need about liability for pandemic injuries and deaths under Texas law. Broad Protections Under the Pandemic Liability Protection Act (PLPA) On June 14, 2021, Read more