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Expunging, Sealing and Nondisclosure Orders for Minor and Juvenile Criminal Records in Texas: Part 1

Background checks are becoming an increasingly common part of the application process for major aspects of our lives including employment, housing, credit cards, college admissions and professional licensing. This continues to be true despite efforts of civil rights agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) to push back on the broad use of criminal …

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Texas Employment Attorney’s 10 Signs You Should Not Take That Job

In a tough job market it’s always difficult to turn down a job but sometimes the company culture is so toxic or the boss is so insufferable that it’s more harmful to your health and career than the benefit of the paycheck. Of course, that’s an easy thing to say when you have a paycheck. …

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What is a volunteer under Texas employment law?

Most people understand volunteering means giving away free labor, often to a charity or other non-profit organization. However, sometimes Texas for-profit businesses seek “volunteers” as a way of receiving unpaid labor or an employer requires its employees to volunteer time for a charitable or civic cause. What about these situations? The Department of Labor has …

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Texas leads in age discrimination complaints

A Time magazine article published on February 16, 2015 discussed the falling numbers of EEOC age discrimination charges. It points out Texas leads in age discrimination complaints with 9.2% of all age discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC. The article suggests the incremental reduction in age discrimination complaints each year since the economy collapsed strongly suggests …

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What is an expunction / What is an expungement in Texas?

Under the Texas code of criminal procedure, an individual arrested for an alleged crime that did not result in a conviction or deferred adjudication generally can have the arrest record expunged from public records. This process is called expunction although many people refer to it as expungement. It is the same thing. The purpose of expunging …

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The Kielich Law Firm Podcast Episode #4: Background checks, Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders in Texas

Today’s post contains episode four of my legal podcast. This episode deals with the issues of employment background checks and how expunctions and nondisclosure orders can scrub out certain criminal records from those background checks. The majority of employers conduct background checks and certain occupations and professional licenses require background checks. In today’s job market …

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Is a background check ruining your employment opportunities in Texas?

Right now the job market is an employer’s market with an excess of applicants wanting jobs and promotions. This excess of job applicants allows employers to be exceptionally selective about hiring decisions. Even small defects in an applicant’s profile can make a difference in receiving a job offer. Relatively insignificant criminal records like public intoxication can …

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Behind the scenes with Target’s anti-union video

Many large employers, particularly retailers, include anti-union information or videos as part of their new hire training process in an effort to prevent unions from gaining a foothold with workers. These videos have been around for a while in all their cheesy, disinformational glory. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) permits employers to share their …

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Social media and employment discrimination claims

A recent Pew Research poll indicates 73% of the U.S. population uses social media. It’s out there. There are so many social media outlets to choose from it’s difficult these days to find people not on multiple social media sites. Although Facebook may be suffering from a wave of withdrawal, other sites are maintaining their status …

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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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How does the promotion process for civil service differ from private employers in Texas?

Civil service promotions in Texas follow the Texas Local Government Code and Texas Government Code as well as local ordinances. The procedures for civil service promotions differ among different departments and in some cases the size of the municipality. The Texas Local Government Code and Texas Government Code govern the procedures of city and county …

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