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Employment Law Update:  DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor announced the final rule to raise the salary threshold for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, employees may be exempt from overtime pay if… Read More

Congratulations to Our 2024 Rising Stars

We are proud to announce the selection of Sarah T. Glaser and Gabrielle C. Smith to the 2024 Texas Rising Stars list! Only 2.5% of attorneys in Texas receive this distinction, so this… Read More

Employment Law Update:  New Workplace Violence Poster and Posting Requirement

House Bill No. 915 (88th Leg. Session) instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety to create a Workplace Violence Hotline that allowed employees to report any concerns related to possible workplace violence.  Although this law became effective in September 2023,… Read More

The Lone Star Current – January 2024 Edition

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Regulations on Images Captured by Drones

by Sydney P. Sadler In 2013, the Texas Legislature enacted Chapter 423 of the Texas Government Code, which governs the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—in Texas’s airspace (the “Drone Laws”). Tex. Gov’t Code § 423.001, et. seq. After enactment, the… Read More

Water and Sewer Utility Rate Changes

by David J. Klein and Lauren A. Binger Chapter 13 of the Texas Water Code (the “TWC”) bestows jurisdiction to the Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) to establish a regulatory system to regulate retail public utilities to assure rates, operations, and… Read More

Tightening the Screws on Lead and Copper: The Lead and Copper Rule Improvements

by Nathan E. Vassar and Jessie S. Powell The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has published its proposed updates to the already recently-revised lead and copper rule, styled as the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (the “LCRI”). The proposed… Read More

Court of Appeals Dismisses Claims Against Power Generators Arising from Winter Storm Uri

by James F. Parker On December 14, 2023, the First Court of Appeals in Houston granted a writ of mandamus ordering the district court in the Winter Storm Uri Multi-District Litigation to dismiss the suits brought by thousands of retail… Read More

Municipal Corner

A political subdivision has (1) jurisdiction over a portion of the state, (2) a governing body comprised of members locally elected or appointed, and (3) the power to assess and collect taxes. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. JS-0007 (2023). The… Read More

“Ask Sarah” Column

Dear Sarah, I have an employee who complains a lot. Sorry, but there isn’t a better way to say it! Some of their complaints are valid and others are not. All are relatively minor, and they’re eating up my time!… Read More

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