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February 2019 Archives

New overtime regulations headed to OIRA review

Proposed overtime rules from the U.S. Department of Labor have reportedly been sent for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The labor department designed the rules to replace the regulations that were meant to take effect on December 1, 2016, but were instead declared invalid by a federal district court in Texas.

Strong contracts can prevent disputes with employees

As a Texas business owner, you understand how important it is to strongly defend the interests of your company against any type of legal claims from your employees. You also know that the best offense is a good defense, meaning that a smart way to protect your company is to avoid disputes whenever possible. One way you can do this is by drafting strong employee contracts.

How breastfeeding discrimination impacts mothers

Texas mothers who return to work after giving birth still need to take care of their children. However, not all employers provide the resources that they need to successfully breastfeed. Workers who are denied accommodations and speak out against their employers could be at risk of losing their jobs. According to one study, roughly 66 percent of those who claimed breastfeeding discrimination were eventually out of work.

Court rules ADEA does not apply to job applicants

In Texas and across the United States, workers who are 40 or older have long been protected from discrimination based on their age. But a recent court decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has raised concerns. The decision seeks to draw a distinction between older employees and older job applicants, with a holding that the law only protects workers from discrimination in their current position.

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