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Aug

21

2015

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Do You Have a Blended Family? Estate Planning is Critical for You

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Many people have no idea what state law says about distribution of their property if they die without a will (intestate). With blended families, the issues can become complicated.

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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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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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