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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 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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The ADA and Mental Disabilities

We are in the process of preparing our “Sensitive Employee Relations” presentation for the upcoming Frisco HR Summit at the end of March, so we thought we would provide you a preview of that speech while also providing some valuable information regarding mental disabilities and mental health and their relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Not only is mental health a very sensitive issue in the workplace but it can often be difficult to handle from a Human Resources perspective. Just as with other disabilities under the ADA, a mental disability is (a) any impairment that substantially limits one Read more
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Workplace Poster Compliance for Employers

We get a lot of questions about workplace posters from employers and this can often be a somewhat confusing area.  What posters you must display can be driven by the number of employees you have, the industry in which you operate, whether or not you have federal contracts, and a multitude of other factors.  The Department of Labor has created a great tool for determining what federal posters you must display.  You can access the tool here: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/posters.htm.  The tool is a step-by-step question process that is extremely easy to use.  At the end, the tool provides valuable information about 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