Even though the idea has been in the news recently, at the current time there is no absolute liability immunity for Texas employers from COVID-19-related claims made by employees who are exposed to the virus in your workplace or otherwise harmed during the pandemic. You can be sued for many different legal failures as an employer during this crisis, so you should know what the law expects of you right now.
The law firm of Fisher Phillips is maintaining a fascinating database of COVID-19-related cases filed so far in 2020. Their database shows that 38 COVID lawsuits have been filed in Texas for claims such as unsafe workplaces, discrimination, paid leave violations, retaliation and even wrongful death. I have no doubt those claims will continue to increase as employers struggle with all of the safety guidance and other rules burying them during this crisis.
I’ve narrowed the possibilities of a Texas employer getting sued during this global pandemic down to these ten mistakes:Continue reading Ten Ways to Get Sued by Employees During a Pandemic
One of the best employment law training opportunities for managers, human resources personnel and business owners of your company is happening in Amarillo on September 21, 2018.
The Texas Workforce Commission only offers its Texas Business Conference in Amarillo every few years and I recommend it to my clients as a “not to be missed” event. The cost is only $125 per person and just the written materials you will receive at the one-day conference are worth that.
The TWC’s speakers will cover the following in detail:
- Wage and Hour Law (which is arguably the most violated business law in the country);
- Independent Contractors;
- Policies and Handbooks;
- Worker’s Compensation: How to Control Costs of an On the Job Injury;
- Hiring/Employment Law Update; and
- Unemployment Claims and Appeals.
The great news is that the conference will help you no matter whether you are new to human resources issues or have been dealing with them forever. I’ve been practicing employment law for 30 years, yet I learn something new every time I attend this conference.
If you would like to sign up for this training event, you can find more information and registration here. I hope I see you there on September 21.