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Creating an Office Fraternization Policy

Creating an Office Fraternization Policy If only good management just involved helping employees be productive. One of the biggest challenges facing leadership is managing the relationships co-workers have with each other. Your business should already have a sexual harassment policy, but that doesn’t cover other types of relationships that may cause problems. Let employees know company expectations for workplace behavior to clarify what is acceptable and what’s inappropriate. Whatever your choice about the acceptability of workplace relationships, you should have a written policy. Fraternization Dangers A fraternization policy is sometimes called a dating policy, because it involves romantic relationships between Read more
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Establishing a Performance Improvement Plan

When an employee fails to live up to your performance requirements, it is in everyone’s best interest to open communication with them to address the situation. A performance improvement plan (PIP), also known as a performance action plan, can be an effective way to allow employees to make changes needed to correct problems, overcome deficiencies, and improve their performance. If necessary, a failed or unsuccessfully completed PIP may also be used as evidence or support in any ultimate disciplinary action, including termination. Ideally, a PIP should only be used to address performance deficiencies. Behavior problems should be addressed through discipline Read more
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OSHA’s Injury & Illness Prevention Policy

Workplace injuries and illnesses cost businesses in the United States billions of dollars every year and devastate the lives of the victims and their families. To address this problem, the U.S. Government created the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970. A year later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created. Workplace Injuries and Fatalities Although OSHA has helped decrease the number of occupational injuries and illnesses, workplace injuries are still a serious problem. The DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following recent workplace accident statistics: Nearly 5,200 U.S. workers were killed on the job in 2016. Read more
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Simon | Paschal PLLC Receives Several Accolades in 2017

It was a busy 2017 and some of the “PR” for the firm fell through the cracks.  Now that we have started a new year, we wanted to take a brief moment to highlight some of the accolades from 2017.  As a firm, Simon | Paschal PLLC was awarded a “Best of Business Award” by Frisco Style Magazine in the category “Giving Back to the Community.”  Business coach Rich Allen and a panel from Frisco Style Magazine selected our firm based on the extensive community service by partners Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal.  As part of the award, Simon | Read more
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Simon Paschal PLLC Listed on Best Employment Lawyers in Dallas

Expertise.com recently recognized Simon | Paschal PLLC as one of the Best Employment Lawyers in Dallas for 2017 and ranked Simon | Paschal PLLC in the Top 20 of 309 employment lawyers it reviewed in Dallas, Texas. Expertise.com examined 25 variables across 5 categories to determine its list of Best Employment Lawyers in Dallas.  Simon | Paschal PLLC is honored to be a part of this list! Read more
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Simon Paschal PLLC HR Speeches and Presentations

This year is a busy year for the attorneys at Simon | Paschal PLLC when it comes to speeches and presentations.  Earlier this month, Dustin Paschal presented “HR In an Hour: The Employee Life Span” to the Brazos Valley SHRM chapter in Bryan, Texas.  Later this month, he will be presenting “Elementary My Dear Watson: A Step-by-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations” at the North Texas SHRM Conference put on by the North Texas SHRM chapter in Denton, Texas. In addition, Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal will each be presenting three times at the HR Southwest Conference in Fort Worth, Texas in October. Read more
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Firm Sponsored Race Benefits Community

Simon | Paschal PLLC is a top-level sponsor of the Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  In addition to being a sponsor, firm partner Paul Simon is the Race Director and firm partner Dustin Paschal is the Assistant Race Director. The race brings together the community and raises funds for the North Texas Community Giving Foundation, a grant-giving nonprofit organization that donates money to local charities. The Dallas Morning News recently highlighted the race and you can read about it here: http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/other-sports/running/2017/04/06/frisco-half-marathon-benefits-community. Don’t miss out on the Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K on Read more
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Paul and Dustin to Speak at Frisco HR Summit

On Tuesday, March 29th, Paul and Dustin will be speaking at the 2017 Frisco Chamber of Commerce HR Summit.  The Summit is a partnership with DallasHR and will include a variety of presentations geared toward small business owners and Human Resources professionals.  Paul and Dustin will be presenting on “Sensitive Employee Relations.” The recent post in the firm’s Legal Blog highlighted a portion of what will be presented.  The presentation will focus on sensitive employee relations issues that HR professionals encounter, including ADA issues, personal hygiene, workplace relationships, and leave issues.  You can learn more about the Summit by visiting Read more
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Dustin Paschal Published in Today’s CPA Magazine

If you are one of the more than 35,000 Texas CPAs who receive Today’s CPA Magazine, be sure to check out Dustin Paschal’s feature article in the January/February 2017 issue.  The article, entitled “The Fair Labor Standards Act’s One-Two Punch,” discusses the two major classification issues employers face under the FLSA – the exempt vs. non-exempt classification issue and the employee vs. independent contractor classification issue.  A snippet of the article also was included in our 4th Quarter 2016 firm newsletter, which is available on our website on the Newsletters page. Read more