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In the most recent episode of my podcast (https://open.spotify.com/episode/2WmK1YxI8O9SOxeEnpqWNF?si=ibYbQMwHS4-sSjh0K60D9A) I discuss Amazon’s recent union organizing drive and what companies can do in a union organizing campaign. Why do companies and HR professionals need to educate themselves on union organizing? It is resurging under the Biden Administration.  This month Amazon won a union election at one of its warehouses (the results are still being challenged). This week President Biden signed an Executive Order on
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash There is no company too small to have an employee handbook.  It provides the rules at any place of business, the expectations for various employees, and the rights that employees have at the company (like how much vacation employees get). A handbook eliminates the issue of employees being given different benefits and having to follow different rules (often based on what their manager makes up when a situation arises),…
I’ve re-branded my podcast as Employment Law Problems. On the second episode of Work Law Problems,  second episode of Employment Law Problems, I discuss one of my favorite workplace topics: Workplace Investigations. Workplace investigations are one of the most critical steps to respond to any employment law or other workplace problem. Unfortunately, many companies are ill prepared to conduct an investigation or do so in a haphazard manner. In this episode, I review how companies can successfully…
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash The next phase in the ever evolving COVID-19 and coronavirus crisis are the upcoming bankruptcies. This year was already shaping up to be an interesting year, but the coronavirus rapidly accelerated bankruptcy declarations. One article estimates that approximately 100,000 businesses have permanently closed and another article states that more than 57 million people have filed for unemployment since the crisis began. These numbers are hellacious, and the impact of…
I am happy to introduce Work Law Problems, a podcast about employment law that I plan to run in conjunction with this site. Currently, the podcast is available on Spotify (and several other places where podcasts are found) and will likely be available on Apple Podcast within the next couple of weeks.  My goal with the podcast is to continue to build what I have been doing here on this blog: providing practical insights into…
Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has moved back the deadline to file the Employer Information Report EEO-1 (“EEO-1 Report”) to April 2021 for the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection. In 2018, approximately 73,400 employers representing 56.1 million employees filed the mandatory report. Now is the time for companies to get the information for this report together, which leads to the inevitable question… What is…
It is a new year! Will this be a year when we overcome our struggles and defeat the coronavirus? Will we be living in some sort of Groundhog Day where 2021 looks a lot like 2020? Will it be a mixture of both? Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci said at the end of last year that we are probably looking at the end of spring to early fall for returning to normal  I believe that the timeline…
It is that time of the year again! The time to review my 2020 labor and employment law predictions from last year to see how well they did or did not hold up. This year’s predictions are a special kind of train wreck with how COVID-19 totally changed the outcome of many of all of these predictions. Below are my 2020 labor and employment law predictions and my review of them.  1. Minimum Wage Increases…
It is something that occurs once every two years. No, this is not a post about elections or the World Test Championship (it is not what it sounds like and is actually pretty awesome). I’m talking about the Texas Legislative Session beginning and the release of their proposed bills. Texas is unique in that the legislature only meets once every two years unless the governor calls a special session. In this post, we will explore…
One of the largest concerns for companies today is keeping their trade secrets safe. In Texas, companies are protected from the misappropriation or theft of them under the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”). Essentially, TUTSA provides the framework on what companies need to know to protect their trade secrets in Texas. Trade secrets throughout the US are protected under the Defend Trade Secrets Act  (“DTSA”). While this post does not cover the DTSA, Texas…