Defending Against Unemployment Claims in Texas

You had to let an employee go and before you turn around you get a notice in the mail that your former employee has filed a claim for unemployment compensation. How do you decide when to fight an unemployment claim and when to let it go without objection? In Texas, the rules are simple. If an … [Read more...]

Can My Business Use Independent Contractors Instead of Employees?

The short answer to this question is yes, but we would be remiss to leave it at that. While a business may use independent contractors exclusively, the owner or manager must be sure they are not actually employees disguised as independent contractors. Simply calling your employees independent … [Read more...]

Despite Persistent Unemployment Rates, One Economist Warns Businesses to Expect Labor Shortages

The national unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high since the recession, even though some states are reporting lower unemployment. While many argue the unemployment rate does not accurately reflect the number of Americans out of work since it doesn’t include workers who have given up and … [Read more...]

Are Texas Employees Entitled to Any Paid Time Off?

There is no state law in Texas requiring employers to give employees paid time off. Employers and employees may have an agreement otherwise as a condition or benefit of employment, but it is not required. There are employee situations when an employer is required to allow the employee to take … [Read more...]

Responding To an Employment Discrimination Complaint

Discrimination in the workplace is wrong, but in today’s litigious society complaints are sometimes raised without any real foundation. In Texas, anyone can file an employment discrimination complaint through the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division. The Civil Rights Division works … [Read more...]