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Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash It’s Veterans Day. A great day to honor all those that have served our country in the military. For employment lawyers, businesses, and Human Resource professionals, it is a great time to review some of the special requirements of employing veterans. The Benefit of Employment Veterans Companies love veterans. The Center for Talent Innovation found that efforts to hire veterans can “consume as much as 20 or 30
Photo by Bee Felten-Leidel on Unsplash Haunted Houses, Halloween Stores, and Employment Law Halloween is a $9 billion dollar industry with more than 175 million Americans taking part. Haunted houses are a 300 million industry according to an NBC news article from 2013. Consumers were expected to spend $3.2 billion on costumes and $2.7 billion on decorations with 35% of consumers going to a Halloween store to buy their costumes during Halloween. More than
Photo by Pablo Varela on Unsplash Supervisors are your front line of defense against any employment claims, low morale, productivity issues, and a number of other workplace problems. Unfortunately, many companies fail to adequately provide supervisor training and select the wrong people for the position. When this happens, disaster can strike with a fury. What To Do When you Promote Someone Many companies promote their highest performing employees to supervisors Many companies promote their highest
Photo by Elias Castillo on Unsplash Business immigration and visas are complex; navigating the system can seem like going through a labyrinth. We have talked about immigration a few times here at Texas Labor Law Blog-  discussing immigration and the midterm elections (including DACA, increases in Notices of Inspection, and what businesses should do in an ICE raid). Ultimately, immigration is an issue that HR cannot ignore. “There were a
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash In an earlier post we discussed how to respond to an unfair labor practice charge and how to respond to union organizing. However, many employees work in unionized work environments and feel that they would be better off without the union. Some examples are listed here: In the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Ass’n decision in 2014 (which resulted in a tie at the Supreme Court), Friedrichs, a California…
Photo by Marco Bianchetti on Unsplash Layoffs are terrible! A lot of employees are caught unaware that a company is not doing well while others cannot understand why they rather than someone else were let go. Why are we talking about layoffs and reductions in force when unemployment is 3.7%? Let me give you a couple of reasons. Store closures may top 12,000 in 2019 as 7,062 store closures have already been announced this…
Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash The Supreme Court resolved 5 interesting labor and employment issues this year. The Justices also demonstrated that the Supreme Court is really good at reaching a consensus on employment issues (at least for this term) as 4 of these 5 cases were unanimous decisions. Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido The court found that state and local government are covered employers under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act irrespective…
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash There are a lot of Democratic Candidates for president. As of today, there are 25 active Democratic candidates vying for the party’s nomination. Many of these candidates have not released specific proposals about their beliefs on employment and labor law issues. However, before tonight’s debate I wanted to outline some of the most interesting proposals of the candidates on labor and employment law and the workplace. $15 Minimum Wage…
Workplace safety is critical. Every worker deserves to work in a job where their safety is the top priority even if all dangers cannot possibly be eliminated. Workplace injuries are, unfortunately, too common. For the office workers in Scranton, PA their safety, and let’s be honest, professional work environment is always in jeopardy- this includes their boss not taking safety training seriously, and worse, being the cause of the workplace injury in question. (And…
Photo by Petr Sevcovic on Unsplash One of the biggest problems that many restaurants face is paying tipped employees. Wage and hour lawsuits in the restaurant industry are rampant. The Economic Policy Institute found that a 2010-2012 Department of Labor (DOL) compliance sweep of 9,000 restaurants revealed that 83.8% of restaurants had some wage and hour violation and the DOL recovered $56.8 million in this sweep. Unfortunately, many restaurants make mistakes in paying tipped employees,…