The Texas Veterans Commission Puts Veterans to Work

Created in 1927, the Texas Veterans Commission was formed to assist veterans during the Indian Wars, Spanish American War and World I. They have continued to support and advocate for veterans since then, often by helping them get the benefits they deserve after their service. Through a series of programs they enacted, the Texas Veterans …

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Know your employee status to file an unpaid overtime claim

If you worked overtime and want to claim payment, know your employee status. Check this before submitting a request for payment. There is no question that if you work overtime, you should be paid for that overtime, no matter what some people think, say or feel. This is where the law comes in handy as …

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Tricky business disputes need finesse or legal assistance to settle

Running a business has its ups and downs. Disputes are bound to arise from time to time. “In any business, even though the people running it are partners, and perhaps friends, anything can and does happen. While they may agree on the day-to-day running of their venture, they may not agree on the smaller details …

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Proper wage classifications are crucial

The Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on wage and hour compliance for 2010. Watch for increased investigations and fines. It seems that each year, the IRS has an issue to pursue that is near and dear to its heart. This year is no exception, with the laser-like focus on wage and hour compliance. Businesses …

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The key to avoiding employment disputes is doing it right the first time

In order to avoid disputes at work, it’s best to have proper employment agreements, procedures and policies in place. Those who have been in business for a fair length of time appreciate the old saying that if something is worth doing, it should be done right to avoid problems later. There is no truer saying …

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Whistleblower actions have been around forever

Whistleblower lawsuits have been around for centuries. Their impact is still significant. Another term for a whistleblower lawsuit is “qui tam,” and this form of legal action has actually been around for centuries. That certainly says something about mankind’s avarice and the drive to get money from the government in a fraudulent manner. Actually, the …

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E-mail retention is an issue in many companies

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act passed four years ago. Many think the law is working, but aren’t sure how it affects e-mails. It was President George W. Bush that brought the Sarbanes-Oxley Act into being, with the intention to boost accounting oversight and corporate responsibility. The main thrust of the act was to increase accounting and auditor …

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Non-compete agreements may be enforceable

There is a great legal debate about whether or not non-compete agreements are enforceable. The answer is: sometimes they are. “If you’re offered an executive level job and salary and other issues are under negotiation, get an experienced Dallas business lawyer to assist you,” said Ty Gomez, who writes for the Dallas based The Gomez …

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Texas Employer and Employee Are Equal in Bargaining

Texas is noted for being a state with the ‘most’ employer friendly employment laws. Employers and employees are equal in bargaining. Even with the legal notion in Texas that the employer and employee are equal in bargaining, there are still some rules that companies must follow. For example, although they may terminate a worker at …

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Being Accused of a Crime Is Not Grounds for Firing in Texas

Employers in Texas need to know what constitutes illegal discrimination. Being informed may avoid a lawsuit. “When it comes to employment law in Texas, there are two forms of illegal discrimination that you need to know about for your business. The first thing is you can’t decline to hire or promote an individual because of …

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