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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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Jun

12

2015

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6 Compelling Reasons to Have a Living Trust

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

There are at least six really good reasons for you to have a living trust in your estate planning package.

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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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Mar

31

2015

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Texas Employers FMLA Same-Sex Rule Put on Temporary Hold

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Just the day before the new DOL rule was to go into effect extending FMLA coverage to same-sex couples in Texas (and everywhere else) if the marriage was legally recognized in the state of celebration, a Texas federal court enjoined enforcement of the rule until further hearing. The federal case is Texas v. United States of America, No. 7:15-cv-00056 (N.D. Texas 2015).

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Mar

6

2015

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Rules Are Going To Change For Texas Employers On FMLA Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Effective March 27, 2015, a new DOL regulation will change the definition of spouse in a same-sex marriage to one recognized by the “place of celebration”. The revision effectively extends FMLA rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages for all marriages recognized in the state of celebration of the marriage.

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Mar

2

2015

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Debunking The Top 5 Reasons People Don't Have A Will

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Preparing a will is a smart, compassionate, financially-wise, and easy thing to do. So, stop making excuses, and do it! Anyone who has been through settling an estate for a loved one who failed to make a will can attest to how much they would have preferred the alternative.

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Jan

9

2015

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Good News for Third-Party Employers of Home Care Workers, for Seniors, and the Disabled

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Many home health care agencies were getting ready for a drastic change in their pay practices as a result of a new Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that was to take effect on January 1, 2015.

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