How to Protect Your Company’s Trade Secrets

The importance of protecting your company’s trade secrets cannot be overemphasized. Trade secrets are the reason behind your company’s success. The continued success of your business will depend primarily on your ability to keep this information from your competitors' hands. While there are certain laws that protect intangible assets such as trade secrets, you and your associates must do your part too. Here are a few Read More

Sexual Harassment at Work is All Too Common. If You’re Victimized, Know Your Rights!

Sexual harassment in the workplace finally received the international attention it deserves when the infamous Harvey Weinstein allegations went viral, becoming one of the most hotly-debated topics in the country and the world at large. The events were a shot in the arm for workers' rights activists. It can happen to anyone, whether male or female, and sometimes in the form of a seemingly harmless act such as Read More

Facing Age Discrimination in the Workplace? Here’s What to Do

Being passed over for a promotion can sting like a bee, but what if the only reason you missed out on that major opportunity was because of your age? For about 70% of workers between 45 and 74 years old who have experienced the reality of age discrimination, the feeling is excruciating. What most people don’t realize, however, is that it is actually illegal to discriminate against workers because of their age. In Read More

Workplace Retaliation and Your Rights as an Employee in Texas

If you have seen that your employer is acting unethically, or illegally, it is your obligation to report them to the proper authorities. This can be a difficult thing to do, however, because most people aren’t in a position where they can easily afford to lose their job, and reporting an employer seems like a dangerous thing to do. The fact is, however, that in Texas, workplace retaliation is illegal and you will be Read More

5 Things to Know About Disability Discrimination in Texas

In the state of Texas, there are multiple laws and regulations in place that are designed to help ensure employers treat those with disabilities fairly. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the main federal set of laws that applies to these situations, but Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 also applies to this topic. If you are an employer in Texas, or an employee with a disability, becoming familiar with these Read More

Employers: Why You Need a Policies & Procedures Manual

Many employers think of a policies & procedures manual as unnecessary since they can just manage day to day events as they come up without having to have every little thing written down. The fact is, however, that this type of manual is not only important for ensuring things are done efficiently and appropriately all the time, but also offers some legal protections in many cases. Standardization One of the Read More

How the New Overtime Rules Affect Texas Workers

Many months ago, the US Department of Labor made some changes to their set of rules and regulations that cover overtime. These changes will impact approximately 4.2 million employees throughout the country, many of them right here in Texas. The changes were made to help provide additional protections to employees who were being classified by employers as executive, administrative, or professional, and therefore Read More

A Brief Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Act

The  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was first signed into law in 1993 in order to help workers find balance in their work and home lives. The purpose of the law was to protect workers from losing their jobs if they had personal matters or family concerns that caused them to take time off from work. It strives to prevent workers from being forced to choose between their job and their loved ones. The FMLA allows Read More

Texas Employment Law: 5 Common Illegal Wage Practices to Watch For

So, you just received your paycheck and it’s looking a little light. You thought you worked way more hours than that! And what are those deductions? Far too many employers attempt to cut corners and cut costs by depriving their employees of the fair pay they are legally entitled to for the work they did. Illegal wage practices are pervasive, and it takes a vigilant eye to ensure you do not get taken advantage of Read More

A Brief Q&A on Employment Age Discrimination

Aging is a natural part of life. It is inevitable and universal. And in US society, as we age and pay our dues in life, we are supposed to be granted more respect and courtesy due to our advanced experience and knowledge. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in practice, particularly in the workplace. As the US population gets older, the danger of age discrimination—also known as ageism—in employment Read More