Year: 2013

FMLA leave medical recertification: rules and regulations

You request FMLA leave. Your employer requests medical certification. You provide it. Your employer approves your FMLA leave. You take leave. Then, while you are on FMLA leave, your employer is sending you requests for new medical certification? Can your employer do that? The answer is yes, under certain circumstances, your employer can request new …

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Texas non-compete agreements and independent contractors

Texas is no exception to companies hiring employees as “independent contractors” to skilled positions. Sometimes companies legitimately hire independent contractors to perform specific tasks that they cannot or prefer not to perform in-house. This combination of uses for independent contractors has led to an ever-growing subset of workers outside the traditional employer-employee relationship. The employer-independent contractor relationship …

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Employer background checks in Texas: what do they show? Texas expunction lawyer explains

A question I receive to my Texas law firm is what shows up on an employer background check in Texas. Employers are increasingly performing background checks on job applicants in Texas. They look at both credit information and criminal backgrounds. There is considerable confusion about what employers can legally see in a background check in …

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Texas Payday Law and final paycheck: Dallas overtime lawyer

I often receive questions regarding Texas employees and when they should receive their final paycheck from their employer. In Texas, the law governing the timing of your final paycheck is the Texas Payday Law, which is similar to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act but includes some additional, state-specific rules for employee wages. Under the …

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Texas diminished value claims and first party liability: Fort Worth labor lawyer explains

Diminished value claims are claims for the loss of market value in a vehicle after it experiences a car wreck. Diminished value is a subset of personal injury law that deals with car accidents. Insurance companies avoid paying on diminished value claims because they can add thousands to a claim. Sometimes insurance companies will tell …

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It’s that holiday party time again… Dallas employment attorney discusses the problems

Earlier in the year I wrote a post here about the dangers of holiday parties for employees. It’s that time of year when the holiday party/christmas party/whatever party happens. The holiday party can be a great opportunity for employees to embarrass themselves or injure their career. A former employer of mine used to throw a large …

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It’s your pension. Who is your financial adviser helping?

This week I fielded a question from a soon-to-be-retiree regarding her pension that I thought was worth sharing. Her employer offers a defined benefit pension plan, which she is fortunate enough to receive. Her employer’s pension plan offers the opportunity to receive benefits in the form of a single lump sum payment or various annuity …

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Dallas woman wins appeal on retaliation claim for complaining about sexual harassment

This Dallas employment retaliation case is best summed up in three letters: WTF? Not only are the facts of the case full of WTF; but the decision of our federal District of Northern Texas keeps up with the conduct of the alleged harassers. The lawsuit Royal v. CCC&R Tres Arboles, L.L.C. is a local Dallas decision on a significant legal …

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FMLA and twelve month period for eligibility

FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) medical leave is a huge source of employment litigation in Texas and around the nation. One of the major issues in FMLA leave and FMLA litigation is how the employer calculates eligibility for medical leave. FMLA protects medical leave for qualified medical conditions up to twelve weeks within a …

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Dad said to be unfit because he would not take his kid to McDonald’s

Seriously. This is a real story. New York father and attorney David E. Schorr is in the midst of what appears to be a very tense divorce. The McDonald’s-related events have resulted in a defamation suit against a psychologist in the ongoing divorce suit. I’ll summarize the facts briefly, what it has meant for the …

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Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp. — FLSA Section 203(o)

This month the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments on Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., coming out of the Seventh Circuit, dealing with the “changing clothes” language under Section 3(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Sandifer deals with a group of steelworking employees who are required to put on protective …

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Age Discrimination and Early Retirement Incentives

Employers who want to thin the herd of highly paid, older employees often offer early retirement incentive packages that trade off an increased pension benefit or severance package in exchange for an employee agreeing to voluntarily retire early. Early retirement is typically offered to a large number of employees before the company decides to engage …

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Warning: The Danger of Ignoring Employment Arbitration Agreements in Texas

In the 1990s and early 2000s, a huge swath of employers added mandatory arbitration agreements to their employment applications and shoved arbitration agreement forms in front of their current employees. It was part of a larger push for arbitrating disputes with the idea that arbitration is cheaper than litigation. Over the past decade or so …

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7 Ways You Are Mishandling Retirement Plans in Your Tarrant County Divorce: Bedford divorce lawyer

, next to perhaps the home. Regardless of the value in these retirement plans, 401k plans and pension plans, many couples mishandle these accounts in divorces. The result can be a substantial financial loss for one spouse, sometimes even for both. Today’s post will detail some of the most common ways people in Texas divorces mishandle …

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FMLA leave and exempt employees: Dallas FMLA attorney explains

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects the right of employees to twelve weeks of medical leave in a twelve month period so long as the employee has worked 1,250 hours in the current or prior calendar year and the employee works at a work location in which the employer employs at least fifty …

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Pension overpayments / pension recovery: Dallas pension lawyers

You worked for decades at an employer, retired and began receiving your defined benefit pension from your employer. You have planned your finances around your pension payments, social security and other sources of retirement savings. Then a letter shows up from the pension administrator. No, it isn’t your monthly check. It isn’t a spare check, …

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Texas family court cannot refuse mediated settlement agreement over best interests of a child

The Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion In re Stephanie Lee. This addressed whether a family court can refuse a mediated settlement agreement when the judge does not believe it is in the children’s best interest. The court held a judge may not reject an MSA believing it is not in the child’s best interest. …

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Alcohol and personal injury in Dallas and Fort Worth

North Texas Beer Week (November 9-16, 2013) is almost upon us and that means lots of great beers and beer events around the DFW area. That also means an increased probability that intoxicated drivers will be cruising through your neighborhood, especially late at night. While encouraged to drink responsibly, we all know that some people …

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Is “workforce modernization” code for age discrimination at work?

At the heart of a lot of age discrimination cases under the federal ADEA and state-level Texas Labor Code is an employer trying to modernize the business and employs age stereotypes to justify eliminating older workers. Employers in these cases want a “youthful appearance” or “faster” or “more energetic” or “more tech savvy” workforce. They …

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