Lloyd Gosselink News

COVID-19 Legislative Update: New Paid Emergency Leave Requirements for Employers Begin on April 2, 2020

Making  temporary additions to the Family and Medical Leave Act;Requiring emergency paid leave for employees affected by COVID‑19;Providing free coronavirus testing;Expanding food security initiatives;Increasing Medicaid funding; and Supplementing state unemployment insurance programs. Lloyd Gosselink’s Employment Law Practice Group has analyzed… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, We are a public entity and are finding more and more that our employees are using their personal cell phones for work-related reasons. Very few employees have a work-issued cell phone but there is no denying the convenience… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, We have an employee who is medically certified to take intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for severe shoulder pain when he has a “flare-up.” His job requires repetitive shoulder movements with his arms… Read More

CLIENT ALERT: DOL Final Rule: Overtime Exemptions and Salary Thresholds Update

Yesterday the Department of Labor announced a final rule updating the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allowing employers to count a portion of certain bonuses… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, We have some juicy rumors swirling around the office these days. According to the rumor mill, one of our employees, who was recently promoted, received her promotion because she is having a sexual relationship with her manager! Her… Read More

Employment Law Attorneys Speaking at TMHRA Annual Conference

Attorneys Sheila Gladstone, Sarah Glaser, and Bettye Lynn from our Employment Law Practice Group will be speaking at the Texas Municipal Human Resources Association Annual Conference Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 at Horseshoe Bay. Thursday, May 16,… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, Our HR department inadvertently placed some sensitive personnel information on a shared drive accessible to all employees in our organization. As soon as we discovered this, we took it down. Is there anything we are required to do… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, I am the HR Manager for a large city. We have a number of supervisors who earn $30,000 a year and perform duties that qualify for the executive exemption from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For… Read More

E-Verify is Down During Government Shutdown

When employers attempt to log into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s E-Verify system, they will get the following message: “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. E-Verify and E-Verify services are unavailable.” … Read More

Court of Appeals Strikes Down Austin Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Employers no longer need to plan for compliance On Friday, the Third Court of Appeals held that the City of Austin’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is unconstitutional because it impermissibly sets a higher wage than required by the Texas Minimum… Read More

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