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Paying Employees for After Hours Work

Posted by Vicki on January 10, 2014 in Compensation, Personnel Policies |

In the last three or four years, there have been several cases filed against employers by nonexempt (hourly) employees who claimed they worked more hours than they were paid for because they checked their work email accounts at home in the evening or they remotely accessed their work files and sent a document to a […]

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Gay Marriage Affects Texas Employers

Posted by Vicki on July 2, 2013 in Benefits, Discrimination, Employee Rights, Personnel Policies |

  Regardless of your political beliefs about gay marriage, you are going to need to start dealing with the legal implications in your business. The U.S. Supreme Court’s two decisions regarding gay marriage, issued June 26, will leave you as an employer with more questions than answers right now. Even though Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex […]

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Texas Legislature Strengthens Protections of Company Trade Secrets

Posted by Vicki on June 10, 2013 in Documentation, Personnel Policies |

The Texas Legislature in its most recent session adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act by passing Senate Bill 953. The new law, which will go into effect September 1, 2014, will help you keep your departing employees from competing against you using your own trade secrets, which are defined as “a formula, pattern, compilation, program, […]

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Preventing Guns in Your Texas Workplace

Posted by Vicki on April 8, 2013 in Forms and Policies, Personnel Policies |

In 2012 in the state of Texas, 584,850 citizens were actively licensed to carry a concealed handgun. That amounts to approximately one legally armed citizen out of every 45 people in Texas. As a business owner or manager, if you do not want anyone carrying guns on your commercial premises because you are concerned about […]

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Employers Refuse to Recognize Rocky Mountain High

Posted by Vicki on December 3, 2012 in Personnel Policies |

Many of my Texas clients also have offices in Colorado. Since that state legalized the recreational use of marijuana in November, I’ve begun receiving questions from my clients with locations in Colorado about their workplace drug use and testing policies. They want to understand their rights in light of the legality of marijuana in that […]

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Requiring Professionalism from Your Employees

Posted by Vicki on November 16, 2012 in Forms and Policies, Personnel Policies |

Tiffany rolls her eyes when you give her a task to perform. Chris and Spencer can’t get along and constantly bicker in the workplace. Maggie complains about the unfairness of how work is assigned. Each of these employees lacks professionalism. While professionalism is hard to define, we all know it when we see it. I […]

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Employer’s Guide to Social Media

Posted by Vicki on March 9, 2011 in Personnel Policies |

Sally Sassy, one of your best customer service representatives, posts pictures on her Facebook page that show her drunk, in a skimpy bikini and kissing many different men, even though she is married. Several of your customers are her “friends” on Facebook. Derek Downer, likes to post negative comments on My Space about everything, including […]

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Protect Your Business From Embezzlement

Posted by Vicki on February 17, 2010 in Hiring, Personnel Policies |

There was an insignificant story in the Amarillo newspaper last week about a former credit union employee who was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for stealing $221,000 from her employer over a seven-year period. At least it seemed insignificant, based on the placement in the paper. But to her employer, I know it […]

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DOT Bans Truck Driver Texting While Driving

Posted by Vicki on February 2, 2010 in Personnel Policies |

As a follow up to yesterday’s post on employer liability for employees who cause an automobile accident while using a cell phone, it is worth noting that the federal Department of Transportation just announced a prohibition of texting while driving for all interstate truck drivers, commercial bus drivers and van drivers who carry more than […]

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Employee on Cell Phone in Car can be Costly for Employer

Posted by Vicki on February 1, 2010 in Personnel Policies, Training |

Debra Ford was driving on Interstate 16 in Georgia when her car was hit by a sedan driven by Vanessa McGrogan, an International Paper Company employee who was driving a company-owned car with the cruise control set at 77 mph in a 70 mph zone and according to a witness, talking on her company-issued cell […]

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