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Mar

26

2020

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Important Breaking Information On How The Coronavirus Is Affecting The Workplace

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

This is a very uncertain time for employers in Texas. One of the key issues employers are facing is how to pay employees who cannot work because they have the coronavirus, have to self-quarantine, have been ordered to shelter in place, or have children at home because school and daycare have been suspended. Guidance on these issues is coming forth daily.

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Dec

29

2016

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So Whats Going to Happen to New Overtime Rules Come December 1?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The safest course of action is to be prepared to comply. If you think that telling your employees now (if you already haven’t told them) about likely payroll changes on Dec. 1 will lead to a smoother transition, if an injunction or summary judgment finding the rules unlawful is not issued, go ahead and notify them.

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Jul

22

2016

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Get Ready for EEOC Activity on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Sexual Discrimination Charges

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has begun pursuing in earnest charges and lawsuits based on sex discrimination under Title VII for sexual orientation and transgender discrimination.

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Jun

17

2016

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DOL Tightens Definition Of Independent Contractor Again!

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The assault on independent contractor classification of workers by employers just heightened another step. On July 15, 2015, the US Department Of Labor (DOL) issued a new guidance that narrows the definition even more. Many workers who have been classified as independent contractors will have to be recognized as employeesThe new definition places emphasis on the "economic realities" test.

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Jun

17

2016

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Requiring a Health Questionnaire in Hiring Can Cost You Big Bucks

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

“Employers need to realize EEOC will vigorously challenge this discriminatory practice which both discourages some individuals, from applying, and allows employers to consider illegal factors in their employment decisions." The EEOC will be looking for instances to challenge practices such as this, so be on notice. The EEOC has included eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring as one of six national priorities in its Strategic Enforcement Plan.

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Jun

13

2016

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New Overtime Rules & the Non-Profit Sector

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Do you know how the new FLSA overtime pay rules affect non-profit organizations?

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May

20

2016

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Employers: The Basics and the Nitty Gritty of Dealing with New Overtime Rules

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Employers have read for over a year about the proposed new overtime exemption rules from the Department of Labor (DOL). Finally, on May 18, 2016, the changes to federal overtime exemption law were published by DOL.

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Mar

28

2016

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Clock for New DOL Overtime Exemption Regulations Springs Ahead

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The clock has been pushed ahead on a possible compliance date for the new Department of Labor (DOL) rule revising the minimum salary level for white collar overtime exemptions.

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Feb

19

2016

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Is Your Employee Handbook a Ticking Time Bomb?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

I urge you to do a careful review of your employee handbooks sooner rather than later—when the NLRB, DOL, or EEOC is staring down the barrel of its guns at you.

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Jan

27

2016

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HR Managers Can Help Stem the Tide of Huge Damages

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

According to a January report from the large national employment law firm, Seyfarth-Shaw*, the value of class-based employment-related litigation and enforcement actions reached an all-time high in 2015.

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