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Good Intentions May Not Be Enough: The Hidden Dangers of “Maternity Leave” Policies

Many employers go above and beyond any legal requirements in providing paid or unpaid leave benefits to employees to bond with their child.  So what could be bad about that?  Well, check your employee handbook. Do you have a maternity

Posted in Labor & Employment

An Apple a Day: Why Building Positive Employee Relations Can Keep the Outsiders Away

An obvious key to maintaining good employee relations is to keep employees satisfied with their work and their work environment.  While it is, of course, impossible to keep all of your employees happy and satisfied at all times, it is

Posted in Labor & Employment

Fight Heats Up Over Sick Pay in Texas Cities

San Antonio City Council approved a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on Thursday, August 16, 2018, which allows workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year. This law largely tracks the recent Austin sick pay ordinance,

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Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Five Tips for Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets

Protecting your trade secrets and proprietary information is a vital part of your business. Every company needs to have policies and agreements in place to prevent employees from stealing property, and wrongfully soliciting your employees and customers when they leave

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New Bill is Preview of What Might Happen if Congress Flips in November

Many pollsters are predicting Congress could switch from Republican to Democratic control in November. It has been quite some time since we have seen any significant employment legislation from the Congress, but a newly invigorated Democrat Congress might get busy

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Posted in Federal Government, Labor & Employment

Is Comp Time Finally Coming to Private Employers?

Comp time has long been available to public sector employees, but never for private companies. That might be changing soon. On May 2, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act. This bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act

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Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation as Protected Class

This week, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first Federal Court of Appeals to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. A news article about

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Posted in Discrimination, Federal Government, Labor & Employment

Trump Administration Brings New Priorities on Immigration Front for Employers

President Trump has only been in office a little over a month, but one thing is clear. He intends to do what he said he would do on the campaign trail, especially in regard to immigration. What does that mean

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Posted in Federal Government, Immigration, Labor & Employment

Cozen O’Connor’s 2017 Observer

Well, 2017 is here; and Cozen O’Connor has just issued its annual Labor and Employment Observer, which contains thoughtful analysis on the year and review of what to expect in the future. A link to the materials can be found

Posted in Discrimination, Federal Government, Healthcare Reform, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

White House Pushes for Ban on Non-Competes

The enforceability of employee restrictions on competition has traditionally been up the states, with some, like California, largely banning such agreements, while others, like Texas, allowing them with reasonable limitations. On Tuesday, October 25, the White House took the unprecedented

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