What Employers Need to Know About Employment Verifications

Employment arrangements do not last forever.  You will continue to hire new employees and will want to verify their employment histories.  Similarly, you will be asked to provide employment verification for your former employees.  This sounds simple enough, but what if your former employee left on bad terms?  What if they were terminated? What are […]

What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

There are many employment laws that can affect your business. Most employers are aware of the federal laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment against employees. Under federal and Texas state law, for example, employees cannot face discrimination or harassment based on protected classes, such as pregnancy. Federal law is about ready to take things a […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Forming an LLC 

Are you ready to take the plunge and form your own business? Becoming an independent business owner can be both empowering and daunting. But when it comes down to making sure that you have created the best structure for long-term success, there’s one entity that often rises above the rest: a Limited Liability Company (LLC).  […]

FMLA Eligibility Review: Are All Your Employees Eligible?

How strong is your knowledge of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?  FMLA allows employees to take unpaid time off for certain family or medical reasons.  Many employers misapply the FMLA in their workplace because they do not fully understand its eligibility requirements.  Below, we review FMLA eligibility guidelines so you can ensure you […]

Most Common Workplace Lawsuits and How to Minimize Their Impact

Employment-related lawsuits are common and employees may sue employers for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes even the most buttoned-up organization may find itself charged with an employment law violation that ends in a courtroom. A lawsuit can be costly and inconvenient for an employer, so the best way to minimize legal damages is to take […]

Independent Contractor vs. Employee: Everything You Need to Know

So, you found the perfect addition to your team. But wait, are they an employee or an independent contractor? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

In this guide, we’ll break down the key differences between employees and contractors and help you make the right classification.

When is an Employer Liable for an Employee’s Bad Actions/Negligence?

It may seem unfair to be held liable for someone else’s unsavory or reckless behavior. But this is a situation that Texas businesses can face.  Employers can, in some cases, be held liable for an employee’s bad actions or negligence. Here is a look at what this entails and how you, as an employer, can […]

Legal Risks/Implications of Monitoring/Surveilling Remote Employees

 The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 forced us to socially distance ourselves, which meant that many companies were forced to implement work-from-home policies. Many employers were hesitant to do so, though. They had never had such policies in place before, and everyone was navigating uncharted waters. One of the main concerns employers have with remote work […]

How Should an Employer Handle Pay and Attendance Issues Related to Bad Weather?

Texas gets its share of ice, rain, and snow from time to time, especially in the winter. While every season brings its own weather woes, driving to work in these weather conditions can be especially treacherous and compromise employees’ ability to get to work safely. Snow accumulation on roads may be considerable, given that few […]

Can a Misclassified Independent Contractor Sue the Employer?

Is a worker an employee or an independent contractor? You may think this is a silly question, but it is not. Independent contractor classification is popular among employers looking to save a few bucks. By classifying an employee as an independent contractor, an employer does not have to abide by minimum wage or overtime laws. […]