Tag: Texas employment law

The Rise in Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Litigation – Live Presentation

I will be presenting with Stanley Santire of Santire Law Firm on the The Rise in Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Litigation on January 17th at 2:30 p.m. at the Texas Bar Advanced Employment Law Course in Dallas, Texas.  You can get a copy of…

Employers Are Responsible for Stopping Sexual Harassment by Non-Employees

An employer may [] be responsible for the acts of non-employees, with respect to sexual harassment of employees in the workplace, where the employer (or its agents or supervisory employees) knows or should have known of the conduct and fails to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. In reviewing these cases the Commission will consider the extent of the employer’s control and any other legal responsibility which the employer may have with respect to the conduct of such non-employees.

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When Employers are Responsible for Employees’ Negligence

In Texas, an employer can be held liable for its employees’ negligence if, at the time of the accident, the worker was an employee (not an independent contractor) and was acting in the course and scope of his employment.

Is Staring at a Coworker / Former Lover During Work Meetings Sexual Harassment? Texas Court says “No”

A hostile work environment arises when there is ongoing harassment, based on the plaintiff’s protected characteristic, so severe or pervasive that it has altered the conditions of employment and created an abusive working environment.

Can an employer require employees to repay training costs in Texas?

Generally, training repayment provisions in employment agreements are enforceable in Texas.  Employers should make sure that such clauses are written in a clear and understandable manner and are not hidden within employment contracts.   When determining the parameters of the reimbursement policies, companies should make sure that they comply with the Texas Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983, which prohibits the restraint on trade.

Texas Statute Prohibits Firing and Discrimination Against Employees Who Evacuate

Texas employers may not discharge or otherwise discriminate against an employee who “leaves the employee’s place of employment to participate in a general public evacuation ordered under an emergency evacuation order.” Tex. Labor Code § 22.002. An emergency evacuation order means an official statement…

Can You Fire an Employee for Participating in Racist Behavior or Speech Off-the-Clock?

While employees have the right to express their opinions under the First Amendment, their employers have the right to fire them for expressing such opinions. In other words, the freedom of speech, when it comes to employment matters, is a myth!

Texas Supreme Court Nixes Employee’s Defamation Claim, Reinforces At-Will Employment Doctrine

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court declined to recognize a theory of compelled self-defamation, and, in rejecting it, joined an emerging majority of state courts that have considered the issue, including those in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Tennessee, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and New York.

How to Fire Employees Without Being Sued

In the spirit of an old proverb that advises that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” this article provides a list of best practices that can help avoid wrongful-termination types of lawsuits and the business interruption that comes with such litigation.

Breaking News: Texas and 20 States Sue the Department of Labor Over the Overtime Rules

A group of 21 states, including Texas, filed a lawsuit today in the Eastern District of Texas challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rules that are supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2016, arguing the agency unconstitutionally overstepped its authority to…

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in Texas?

Generally, Texas allows non-compete agreements between employers and employees as long as they are reasonable in scope, geographic area, and term, and meet a few other requirements. See my previous posts about those requirements here, here, and here.  Practically speaking, however, whether a particular non-compete agreement…

Texas Employment Hiring Checklist

Whether a new business is preparing to hire its first employee or is revisiting its already-existing hiring procedures, making sure that the on-boarding process is done correctly and consistently will result in significant long-term benefits in terms of reducing stress associated with hiring new…

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