What You Need to Know About Noncompete Agreements in Texas

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No question in my mind that the economy is picking up.  I am seeing more noncompete issues than in previous years.  My humble explanation is that employees who did not like their jobs are now looking and starting to find opportunity.  But many of these employees are probably encumbered with some form of covenant not to compete, which will affect … Read More

5 Things to Do to Start the New Year Right

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The beginning of the year is a great time to clean house. Below is a short list of things you can do to get the year started off right. 1.  Handbook Review the handbook and make sure it is up to date, legal, and most important, your company follows the policies. If your handbook has policies that are not followed, consider … Read More

8 Tips to Keep Company Parties Fun And Avoid Problematic Situations

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Parties are generally pretty darn fun, especially around the holidays.  Below are just a couple of tips to help y’all have a good time. Bad behavior: 1.  Be clear that the company’s policies still apply.   Drinking (if drinking is part of the festivities): 1. Hire a caterer to serve drinks; 2. Limit the amount of alcohol; or 3. Offer to subsidize an employee’s … Read More

Ebola: Is There Any Employer Liability?

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It is hard for me to ignore the headlines this week, October 13, about Ebola. This headline hits close to home because Presbyterian Hospital and “ground zero” are just a stones throw from my house. As each day passed, it seemed the virus was creeping closer to my house. Ebola got me thinking about what an employer’s liability would be … Read More

Employee Misclassification Can Cost You Big Time!

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Over $10 million awarded to states to crack down Probably, the number one issue I come across is employee misclassification or identification. Not surprisingly, this issue gets a lot of attention from the Department of Labor. Also, this area of litigation continues to grow. Recently, the DOL awarded over $10 million to 19 states, one of which was Texas, to implement … Read More

Background Checks: An Effective Tool, If Used Properly

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This past Tuesday, I did a presentation on “Background Checks: An Effective Tool, If Used Properly” at High Profile Staffing, as part of their monthly series of employment-related talks. The most important aspect of employment background checks today is that government agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Commission are ramping up efforts to stamp out barriers to hiring. This includes … Read More

Could Your Business Survive the West Texas Explosion?

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The West, Texas’ Fertilizer plant explosion was a horrific event.  The explosion destroyed families and now they must seek ways to recover emotionally and financially.  Like these families who suffered adversity, companies must also plan and recover for unexpected events.   The explosion in West made many business owners wonder if their business could weather an unexpected calamity.  Such an event … Read More

The Box: Reducing Risk by Communicating Expectations

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After publishing the article about the Box, I got a flurry of requests seeking further explanation. Why is a lawyer discussing corrective action? The simple answer is risk mitigation. The Box philosophy is about reducing risk for the employer after an employee is terminated. The only thing that wins a case for the employer is supporting evidence.  However, that stuff … Read More