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Austin City Council Approves Ordinance Requiring Private Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Starting Oct. 1, 2018

Small employers (those with five or fewer employees at any timein the preceding 12 months, excluding family members)have until 2020 to comply. On February 16, 2018, the Austin City Council approved a paid sick leave ordinance requiring all private employers… Read More

Agency Highlights

by Maris Chambers, Tricia Jackson, and Jamie Mauldin White House Council on Environmental Quality Kathleen Hartnett White is now a Senate vote away from leading the White House Council on Environmental Quality. On October 13, 2017, President Donald Trump… Read More

In the Courts – Governmental Immunity

by James F. Parker San Antonio River Auth. v. Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., No. 04-16-00535-CV, 2017 WL 3430897 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Aug. 9, 2017, pet. filed). It makes sense, but we needed a court to say it—whether a… Read More

To Protect and Serve: Policing Your Intellectual Property

by Lauren S. Aldredge Earlier this year, the Arlington Police Department (“APD”) learned that the logo displayed on its police cars had been imported into the Grand Theft Auto V video game. Apparently, a third-party graphics company had uploaded… Read More

“Ask Sheila”

Dear Sheila, On a Monday morning, one of our female clerical employees came to the Department head in tears. She said that on Saturday night, she was with friends at a club, and she ran into her male supervisor who… Read More

Preventing and Responding to Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era

by Sheila Gladstone and Ashley Thomas Unless you were hiding under a rock in 2017, you must be aware of the tidal wave of allegations of sexual harassment by celebrities and other high-powered public figures that have resulted… Read More

Sharyland Distribution Customers Set to Begin Transition to Oncor

by Cody Faulk Long-time electric distribution customers of Sharyland Utilities will enjoy a new year with lower rates—some by as much as 40%—and have new smart meters on their way. All of this is the result of an agreement… Read More

Texas Supreme Court issued their opinion in City of Richardson v. Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC

On February 2, the Texas Supreme Court issued their opinion in City of Richardson v. Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC.  The case centered on who bears the cost of relocating electric utility facilities to accommodate the widening of a street or… Read More

Videoconferencing at Open Meetings – Is It As Easy As It Sounds?

by David Klein and Maris Chambers Have any of you used Skype or FaceTime to communicate with a friend or family member, such as with your child when you are out of town? These twenty-first century videoconferencing innovations have… Read More

New Air & Waste Practice Group Chair

With Paul’s retirement, we are pleased to announce the election of Duncan C. Norton as the Firm’s Air and Waste Practice Group Chair, effective January 1, 2018. Duncan has been with the… Read More

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