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Texas supreme court declines city of austin’s invitation to approve paid sick leave ordinance

Last Friday, June 5, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court declined the City of Austin’s request to validate the constitutionality of its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. The Court’s decision not to hear the City’s appeal means that the appellate court’s determination that… Read More

Governor Abbott Announces Extensions To Payment Deadlines For Certain Employers

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. Designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts… Read More

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – New Paid Emergency Leave Requirements for Employers

by Sheila Gladstone, Sarah Glaser, and Emily Linn On March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This new legislation provides a number of relief benefits in response to the COVID-19… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, A white employee of ours complained to HR that a black supervisor made one possibly racially-charged comment (that she “needed a suntan” to work in the executive suite). When the supervisor found out that she had complained, he… Read More

Department of Labor Issues FFCRA Regulations

Families First Coronavirus Response Act SummaryOn March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which makes broad temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and requires employers to… Read More

COVID-19 Legislative Update: DOL Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Updated March 27, 2020 On March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which makes broad temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and… Read More

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

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