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COVID-19 Update

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the country, employers have continued to adapt and “change” has become the norm.  Now is a good time to take stock of where we are and what employers need to know about COVID-19 in the workplace. Families First Coronavirus Response Act As a reminder, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act remains in effect through December 31, 2020.  There is potential that the current Congress or, more likely, the next Congress could either extend the law or pass further protections, but nothing is certain at this point.  It is important to keep in mind, though, Read more
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A Season of Change for Human Resources

On Saturday, June 20, we marked the official start of summer.  That day is known as the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the day on which the sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky.  With the start of summer, we close out spring and we turn to thoughts of pool parties, backyard cookouts, and summer vacations.  This summer, though, has a different feel and a different approach in light of COVID-19; and with the start of this particular summer, we look back on a monumental spring of change for Human Resources professionals everywhere. Read more
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Simon Paschal PLLC Earns Spot in Top 100 Verdicts in Texas List

We are proud of the work we do on behalf of our clients in the employment law field and we are pleased when our clients receive an extremely favorable outcome. Attorneys Paul Simon and Dustin Paschal recently obtained an employment law verdict in favor of their client that resulted in Simon | Paschal PLLC earning a spot on the Top 100 Verdicts in Texas list for 2016. Read more
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Simon Paschal PLLC Listed on Best Employment Lawyers in Dallas, Texas

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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When Does a Texas Employee Have to be Paid for Travel Time?

  Dustin Paschal here with this week’s Simon Paschal Says. Today I want to talk about travel time and whether or not that travel time is compensable, whether or not it has to be paid. Obviously, if you’ve got an exempt employee, that’s not really an issue or something you have to worry about. So what we’re focused on here are non-exempt employees, those employees that are eligible for overtime, those employees whose time you track. So the question becomes, when do I have to pay those employees as an employer for travel time? So the first question is to 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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Employment Law News & An Update

Today, we have an update on our previous post about challenges to the upcoming changes to the Department of Labor’s overtime regulations.  We also have a quick note on other legal action affecting employment laws.  It’s been a pretty busy few weeks in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas! Shortly after Texas and multiple other states filed a lawsuit to stop the new overtime rules from going into effect on December 1, 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 50 other groups, including the Plano Chamber of Commerce and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce here locally Read more
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What Justice Scalia’s Death Means for Employers

You likely have seen or read numerous stories and reports about the death of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and what it means for U.S. politics and the upcoming presidential election.  We will leave that discussion to the experts.  If a replacement is not appointed and approved, though, the Supreme Court will be left with only 8 members that are ideologically split on 4-4 lines.  While there is no guarantee that this will be a problem, there is potential that some cases could be decided on a 4-4 basis.  If that happens, the lower court decision stands but Read more