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How to Respond to an Employment Discrimination Complaint

If the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives an employment discrimination complaint from an employee at your business, how should you respond?  It is important to know how to respond to such a complaint, and to understand the necessary steps to take to protect your business and remain in compliance with state and/or federal law. The TWC provides details for businesses and employers on how to respond to employment discrimination complaints made to the agency, and our Frisco employment law attorneys can provide you with more information. Understand Why an Employment Discrimination Complaint Read more
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Could You Discriminate Unintentionally When Using AI for Hiring?

Businesses in Texas and across the country are increasingly relying upon artificial intelligence (AI) in recruiting and hiring new employees, yet questions concerning the ethical and potentially discriminatory use of AI has arisen in various industries. Particularly with a shift to more remote work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, if your Texas business is currently using AI for recruiting and hiring, or if you are considering the possibility of relying on AI to recruit or hire new workers, do you need to be concerned about the possibility of AI-related discrimination against women or minorities? According to an article Read more
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New Requirements for Federal Contractors in 2022

Employers in Texas engaged in work as federal contractors or subcontractors need to learn about new employment law requirements affecting federal contractors in 2022. If your business takes on federal contracts or is classified as a federal contractor, you might already be familiar with certain requirements from 2021. Yet there is more to be aware of in 2022. Beginning in 2022, there are new requirements for federal contractors, and Texas businesses need to know what to do in order to remain in compliance. Our Frisco employment law attorneys can speak with you today about any compliance questions you have. In Read more
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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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Employment Attorney Dallas TX

3 Surprising Reasons Your Small Business Needs an Employee Handbook

As a small business owner, you may not realize the importance of a handbook for your employees, but an employment attorney can help you understand the benefits.  A handbook not only gives your employees required rules and regulations for your business, but it can also protect you and your business’ assets in legal battles. If you are still on the fence about implementing an employee handbook, here are a few more reasons why your small business needs one. Create a Safe Workplace Employees can utilize your handbook to learn techniques that ensure their environment remains safe. Considering there are millions Read more
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Employment Law Attorney Dallas TX

Benefits of Hiring an Employment Law Attorney to Design IC Agreements

Hiring independent contractors is a common practice for many business owners, but you may not know fully understand how an employment law attorney can design Independent Contractor agreements to protect your company. Considering hiring contractors to complete tasks can save your business money. However, ensuring each contractor is properly classified as an independent contractor and then signs an independent contractor agreement is key in protecting your business. With the help of an attorney, you can understand and reap the benefits of IC agreements. Not an Employee When your contractor signs the IC agreement, they are agreeing to a number of terms Read more
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HR Compliance Dallas TX

5 Human Resources Compliance Mandates Not to be Overlooked

Any Human Resources professional knows that the world of HR compliance in Dallas, TX is always evolving and being redefined. While some aspects may seem more important than others, there are a few compliance mandates that should never be ignored. Some of them are: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Exempt or Non-Exempt Classification Each of these mandates is complex in and of itself, so give your Human Resources the assistance they need with the guidance of the legal professionals at Simon | Paschal. Call Read more
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Employment Lawyer Dallas TX

Employment Lawyers can Help you with New Hire Drug Testing

When you are in charge of the office, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. One of these details is dealing with new hires and employment drug testing. If you decide to do new hire drug testing, you should have protocols to follow. You should have stipulations in place about what to do in the event of a positive drug test and know how to make sure the paperwork follows the correct chain of command in order to keep you protected. We can help you set up the protocols and the paperwork to make sure the steps Read more
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DOL Audit Dallas TX

What Dallas TX Businesses Should Know About a DOL Audit

If you’ve never heard of a DOL audit for Dallas TX small businesses, you need to know that it is increasing in frequency and quickly overtaking IRS audits as the bane of business owners. According to Forbes, all the detailed bookkeeping and exacting accounting practices in the world won’t be of much help if the Department of Labor decides to perform a DOL audit on your business. These audits focus on any of a number of areas that apply to how you deal with your employees, including but not limited to fair labor practices, employee retirement plans, how your employee Read more
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Employment Lawyer Dallas TX

How an Employment Lawyer can Help you with your Business Legal Needs

When you are the boss you are in charge of many various aspects of business. You need to help keep your employees happy while navigating through the ever-changing employment laws correctly. A lot of things need a professional, legal eye in the business world. Employee handbooks need to be written and revised in order to stay current with the laws in the Fair Labor Standards Act. Non-compete agreements are needed from time to time and you need someone fully versed in Employment law to draft this document. The Department of Labor performs audits relatively often. Having a legal professional on your Read more