Texas Employment Lawyer Cautions Physicians to Consider Key Provisions in Employment Agreements

/cdklawyers.com// 01/06/2012 Keith Clouse, a Dallas lawyer who specializes in employment law, drafts and reviews many employment agreements for physicians. Mr. Clouse believes that a doctor must carefully consider certain provisions before signing a proposed employment contract. For example, a doctor must consider: • Whether the term of the contract is long enough to allow the […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment in Race Discrimination Case

/cdklawyers.com// 12/31/2011 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a summary judgment for an employer in a race discrimination case. Vaughn v. Woodforest Bank, No. 11-60102 (5th Cir. Dec. 21, 2011), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/11/11-60102-CV0.wpd.pdf.   Although she received a favorable performance review, the plaintiff was fired for “unsatisfactory conduct” after the employer conducted a […]

Employment Law Mistake: Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors

/cdklawyers.com// 12/24/2011 In these tough economic times, many companies attempt to cut costs by hiring independent contractors instead of employees. Using independent contractors can be financially advantageous since a company that hires an independent contractor does not pay certain taxes, health benefits, unemployment compensation insurance, or workers’ compensation insurance. But, while many employers hire independent […]

End-of-Year Employment Law Considerations

/cdklawyers.com// 12/23/2011 Many companies are scrambling right now to get through the busiest part of the year and to resolve end-of-year financial issues. That said, this time is ideal for a company’s human resources team to review the company’s employment files, policies, and practices and to make changes for the upcoming year.   The human […]

Department of Labor Oversees Enforcement of Many Laws

/cdklawyers.com// 12/15/2011 The United States Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws that cover workplace activities for approximately 10 million employers and 125 million workers.   A few of the most commonly applied laws administered by the Department of Labor include:• Fair Labor Standards Act. This law prescribes standards for wages and […]

Non-Disparagement Clauses in Employment-Related Settlement Agreements

/cdklawyers.com// 12/01/2011 Employment law attorneys frequently include non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements that resolve litigation between employers and former employees and in severance agreements between employers and departing employees. In a typical non-disparagement clause, one party agrees not to make any statements, either written or verbal, that disparage or criticize the other party.   In […]

Employment Law Attorneys Hail Report Exposing Court-Access Opponents Hypocrisy

“Do As I Say, Not As I Sue”—details how companies fighting to restrict lawsuits are quick to file lawsuits themselves says attorney Eric A. Grover.

EEOC Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit Against Texas Roadhouse

/cdklawyers.com// 11/18/2011 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged with enforcing the federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination, recently issued a press release regarding its decision to file suit against Texas Roadhouse, a restaurant chain.   According to the EEOC, Texas Roadhouse has engaged in a nationwide pattern of age discrimination in hiring hourly […]

EEOC Enters Into National Mediation Agreements With Employers

/cdklawyers.com// 10/21/2011 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a press release detailing its National Universal Agreement to Mediate with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. The press release is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-27-11.cfm. More than 200 national and regional private sector employers, including several Fortune 500 companies, have entered into similar mediation agreements with the […]

Private Employers Can Learn from Federal Government’s Guide to Telework

/cdklawyers.com// 10/15/2011 The United States Office of Personnel Management recently published a Guide to Telework in the Federal Government, http://www.telework.gov/guidance_and_legislation/telework_guide/telework_guide.pdf. It is intended to provide practical information to assist federal agencies implement telework arrangements with their employees. Telework (also known as telecommuting or working remotely) provides a way for employees to work from a different […]