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Dallas Employment Attorney on Employer Dress Codes

Employers are permitted, and often encouraged, to establish a uniform dress code. There can be many reasons why an employer would want to establish a dress code. An employer might be concerned about workplace safety requiring safety gear, like goggles or gloves, clothing to prevent minor injuries, such as work boots or full length pants. […]

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Is Texas an At-Will Employment State? Dallas employment lawyer discusses

Yes, Texas is an at-will state. At-will employment suggests that an employer and employee have equally bargained for the exchange of labor (from the employee) and payment of wages (from the employer) and freely engage in that transaction without the existence of an employment contract. This means that an employer may fire an employee for

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Texas employment attorney explains what is FMLA

FMLA is the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law that provides certain employees leave protections. FMLA provides twelve weeks of leave in a twelve month period. The twelve month period can be a fixed twelve month period, such as the calendar year, or a rolling twelve month period so the beginning of an

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Fair Labor Standards Act & Texas Payday Law and Tipped Employees

Tipping is a form of employee compensation in which employees receive wages from the employer and customers, who have no legal relationship with their the employer or the tipped employee. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Texas Payday Law both recognize tips as wages to the tipped employee. They are subject to minimum wage

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Can my employer use what I say on facebook, twitter, linkedin, or other social media websites against me?

The laws around social media, especially in the employment context, are still evolving to meet the technological and social implications of social media in the workplace. Before delving into particulars, let me say that I think everybody needs to carefully consider what they post on social media websites because the information you put out there

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Can my employer prohibit workplace relationships in Texas? Sexual harassment lawyer answers

Sure. Employers in Fort Worth and Dallas generally can prohibit amorous and sexual relationships between coworkers. It is extremely common for employers to prohibit workplace relationships in some form or another. Most companies establish these policies to deter sexual harassment, maintain professionalism and prevent unfair treatment (either favorable or unfavorable). These policies are also enforced to various

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Cosmopolitan magazine gets it right — how to ask for a raise–or what to do when the answer is no

Ok, let me start this off by saying I’m not normally a Cosmopolitan reader. My wife is a subscriber and there’s usually at least one issue hanging around the house. The other day I saw the most recent issue tossed on the coffee table. Among the articles advertised on the cover was the title of

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How secure are my pension payments?

A common concern posed by pension participants is how secure those payments will be in the future. Given the economic turmoil in the past few years, it is certainly a worthwhile question. The good news is that the vast majority of retirement benefits are more secure than you might think. As a Dallas employment attorney experienced

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Fifth Circuit rules lactation discrimination is illegal sex discrimination

Last week the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in EEOC v. Houston Funding II, Ltd. that discriminating against employees on the basis of the need to express breast milk following the birth of a child violated Title VII’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination. The district court ruled firing based on lactation and breast pumping was

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Can my employer monitor my emails? Phone calls? Texts? Computer activity? Website history?

Generally yes. In Fort Worth and Dallas your employer pays for your time and pays for the resources you use at the office (that they own). As a result, employment laws afford private employers wide latitude in what they can record, monitor, read, copy, etc. That said, employers often do have valid reasons. There are very

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Kitchen Nightmares Season Finale and Tipped Employees

Last night Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares ended its season with a visit to the Arizona restaurant Amy’s Baking Company. For the first time, he walked away from the restaurant without making any changes or improvements to the restaurant. (The owners seemed to also think this was for the best.) The restaurant suffered criticism online pointed at the

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Can I use my 401k to buy a business, franchise, house, investment property, etc.?

There are many retirement asset-funded investment and business schemes that run from taking loans to “rollover as business startup” (ROBS) plans. They have been around for many years and typically they are generally a bad idea. I discourage most would-be investors due to the legal and financial liability involved. I have had people come to

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