Employment law affects almost every business whether you realize it or not. Whether you are a business with one employee subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and its minimum wage and overtime requirements or a business with hundreds of employees subject to Title VII anti- discrimination laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act, you must abide by employment laws.
Whether or not your company has a formal human resources department, complying with these laws is not getting any easier. The amount of employment laws and regulations are too numerous to mention and employers must be aware of them all.
In addition, government agencies address virtually every aspect of the employment relationship. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regularly audits businesses regarding hours worked by employees, exempt versus non-exempt employee classifications, and whether or not overtime compensation has properly been paid. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issues binding but vague directives regarding what can and cannot be included in employee handbooks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) frequently releases anti- discrimination and anti-harassment regulations regarding all facets of a company’s operations. These are just a few agencies and a few areas of regulation and enforcement.
It does not end there for employers and businesses. They also must deal with employee handbooks, policies and procedures, employment agreements and contracts, severance agreements, employee discipline, hiring and training, and workplace safety.
Businesses also must contend with lawsuits from prospective employees, current employees, former employees, and competitors who allege violations of restrictive covenants that apply to newly hired employees (i.e. non-compete agreements and non-solicitation agreements).
Businesses and employers need a partner who fully knows and understands employment law so that they receive the advice and guidance necessary to avoid problems when possible and resolve them when they arise.
Simon | Paschal PLLC knows and understands employment law and we know employment law must be proactive as opposed to reactive. The human resources department is a vital proactive function and it deserves attention and guidance. Companies need accurate and up to date employee handbooks, policies, and procedures. They need well-written and thorough employment agreements, non-competition agreements, job descriptions, and applications. They need comprehensive training for employees and managers. Most of all, they need an employment attorney Dallas TX who understands their company culture and environment. They need a trusted member of the team. They need someone that will treat their business and their human resources department as their own. At Simon | Paschal PLLC, we are that team member. Our lawyers have extensive experience in these matters and are just as obsessed about the success of your business as you are.
At Simon | Paschal PLLC, we advise clients regarding all aspects of human resources and employment law and we have extensive experience in the following:
- Drafting and revising employee handbooks and personnel policies and procedures
- Conducting workplace investigations, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints, wage and hour complaints and workers’ compensation accidents
- Administering employee and management training on all areas of employment law
- Advising employers regarding hiring, promotion, demotion, discipline and termination decisions
- Drafting and revising employment agreements, non-compete agreements, independent contractor agreements and severance agreements
- Administering and defending employee classification audits and DOL audits
- Representing clients in TWC unemployment claim hearings
- Answering all manner of human resources and employment law questions
We also recognize that not every situation avoids the courtroom. The lawyers at Simon | Paschal PLLC are skilled and experienced litigators who have served as counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. Whether the case involves discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, or leave violations, we are prepared to represent you. Whether it is a state employment law violation or a matter under the FLSA, FMLA, ADAAA, ADEA, or Title VII, we stand ready to litigate. Whether you are a company or individual defending a lawsuit or a company or individual pursuing a lawsuit, the lawyers at Simon | Paschal PLLC have the experience you need.
Our litigation and pre-litigation experience includes the following:
- Responding to EEOC and TWC charges of discrimination
- Drafting and responding to demand letters
- Representing clients at EEOC and TWC investigation interviews and mediations
- Representing clients in all manner of employment law lawsuits including, discrimination and harassment lawsuits, overtime lawsuits, temporary restraining orders and temporary injunctions, and collective and class actions
If your company or human resources department has an employment law issue, the lawyers at Simon | Paschal PLLC can handle it.