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Dec

30

2015

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Independent Contractor Classification Review: Avoid DOL/IRS/TWC Trouble

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The fight continues between employers and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and state employment agencies over who can truly be classified as independent contractors. Misclassification can be tragic for employers. Don't let your business be one of the targets.

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Dec

4

2015

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New Overtime Rules' Implementation Substantially Delayed

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

These anticipated changes are likely to have a significant impact on employers across all industries, particularly those employers with a lot of front­‐line managers and assistant managers classified as exempt and those employers that use the professional and administrative exemption for many of their entry­‐level positions.

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Oct

16

2015

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Texas Employers How Will You Deal with New Texas Open Carry Law?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Employers still have the right, however, to restrict weapons in the workplace. But they must take specific steps to exercise that right. If an employer decides that it wants to prohibit open or concealed carry of weapons at work, it should review and revise current policies or adopt new ones as needed.

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Jul

10

2015

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Too Young To Do Estate Planning? Parents With Young Children Need It The Most

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Most young people cannot conceive that they might die in the near future. Younger people, particularly those with minor children, have as great or greater need to have a will as older folks do. Failure to take care of estate planning can cost 10's of thousands of dollars in expenses which could have been avoided.

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Jul

6

2015

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DOL Puts Out New Proposed Overtime Exemption Rules For Comment

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

First Proposed Revision - Salary Basis Test: One issue raised is that the $455/wk. salary is too low to justify exempting many workers from receiving overtime for many socalled white collar workers. This wage amounts to $23,600.00 per year. This baseline figure has not been updated since 2004. This failure to update the overtime regulations leads to an exception to overtime eligibility originally meant for highly-compensated executive, administrative, and professional employees, who earn little more than the wages for a poverty-level family of four wages.

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Jul

1

2015

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Employers Gear Up For Changes In Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses After Supreme Court Ruling

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling Friday, June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

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Jun

22

2015

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Top 10 Things Employers Do Wrong

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

As a board certified labor & employment attorney for many years, I've seen the most common mistakes that repeatedly get employers in trouble.

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May

29

2015

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Employers - How To Stay Out Of Trouble On Employee Pay

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Scary wage and hours cases continue to fill the news headlines with big settlements or potential damages against employers who do not pay correctly under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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May

15

2015

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Mission Critical Review Your Employee Handbook Now Before You Are Charged With An Unfair Labor Practice!

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The NLRB is investigating charges against large and small employers in our area already based on these rules! Don’t think it can’t happen to you. An NLRB investigation can be an unwelcome diversion from your business activities, at the very least.

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May

10

2015

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Are You Calling Your Workers Independent Contractors? Beware DOL Has a Bullseye on You

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Employers constantly try to avoid paying employment taxes, overtime, and benefits to workers by calling them independent contractors.

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