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As an employer and an employee, it is incredibly beneficial to understand how employment law affects your workplace. Employment law governs the relationship between employers and workers. These laws ensure that workers are treated fairly and are able to work safely while also protecting employers’ livelihoods and businesses. Employment laws, also known as labor laws, are based on federal and state constitutions, administrative rulings, court opinions, and legislation. While many workers and business owners are aware of common labor laws – including the federal minimum wage, anti-discrimination laws, and overtime pay requirements – there are many misconceptions about…
When a business owner enters into a formal or informal agreement that will benefit their company, they do not usually expect an outside party to interfere with that relationship. Business owners depend on relationships and contracts with insurers, lenders, vendors, distributors, and contractors to successfully run their businesses. If a third party interferes with a contract or business relationship, it can be devastating to a business’s bottom line. Some examples of interference may include convincing a shared supplier to renege on a contract or a third party interrupting the sale of property to a business. If a third party unfairly…
Texas is considered an “at-will” employment state, meaning an employer can terminate an employee for any reason – no matter how trivial or irrational – or for no reason at all. Termination can happen at any time during an employee’s employment and for any legitimate purpose, which makes proving wrongful termination difficult. There are some exceptions that protect employees, including discriminating against or terminating an employee based on their national origin, gender, race, color, religion, disability, age, marital status, pregnancy, or citizenship status. It is important to understand what wrongful termination is in Texas as well as what is not…
Business litigation encompasses defending or resolving legal disputes between companies and other parties. In many instances, it is used to describe defending companies accused of misconduct or being sued for a variety of reasons. A business litigation lawyer is a legal professional who is able to manage both minor and significant legal concerns, including lawsuits, that a company may need to navigate as part of their business. Business litigation lawyers can guide and/or represent companies when any sort of conflict arises in different aspects of their day-to-day operations. Our experienced team is ready to help companies in and out of…
In a world where everything is available on the internet, NFTs are the answer to creating technical scarcity. NFTs have allowed new types of digital goods to be created that give users the opportunity to purchase or sell unique, digital items. What is an NFT? A Non-fungible token. Non-fungible means that each token is unique and cannot be replaced by something else. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Dogecoin are considered fungible as they can be easily traded – you can exchange one Bitcoin for another readily. A one-of-a-kind piece of artwork created by a digital artist, however, is non-fungible. It…
Employment laws are dynamic and constantly change based on government agencies and courts issuing new rulings and legal interpretations. Lawsuits brought by former and current employees can result in significant financial and other damages being awarded to a plaintiff or plaintiffs at the expense of an employer, which can put a company at risk. While many employers are capable of handling small employment matters in house, when matters become more complicated and can make or break the business, calling an experienced employment lawyer is required. Even the most independent and conscientious employer will occasionally need help from an employment lawyer.…
The term ‘independent contractor’ is used widely; from popular ridesharing platforms to food delivery apps and many other services, contract work has become particularly popular when it comes to employment. With the increase in use of contract workers, it’s important for those considering hiring an independent contractor to know what should be included within an independent contractor agreement. Understanding Independent Contractors While it might be easy to assume that being an employee and an independent contractor are the same or similar, this isn’t the case. In most cases, independent contractors are considered to be self-employed, providing goods or services under…
As many workplaces weigh the pros and cons of returning employees to a physical office during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, employee vaccination has quickly become a top concern. Employers and employees alike wonder if vaccination will be required in order for workers to return to physical office space, as well as what the associated costs will be and who will bear them. While each workplace and its policies are unique, it’s important to examine the legalities of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace. COVID-19 Vaccinations In The Workplace The announcement of several effective COVID-19 vaccines at the end of 2020…
As businesses continue to struggle as we enter into a new year, many are looking for new ways to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers who operate out of brick-and-mortar stores in particular are concerned that commercial real estate will be crippled by the impact of the pandemic. Because of this, many have turned to pop-up retail options in order to maintain their physical storefronts as online sales soar. What is Pop-Up Retail? Pop-up retail or a pop-up shop is a term given to the storefront of a retailer that is deliberately temporary. Essentially, it is a store that “pops…
The modern workplace has become a hub for various technological advancements across many different industries. Companies have adapted to having better computer systems, as well as more advanced cybersecurity measures than ever before. Despite the advantages afforded by these changes, some businesses have used technology in employee termination to illegally monitor employee activity. Such is the case for tech giant Google, which is in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for illegally spying on its employees before terminating them. NLRB Alleges Google Spied on Employees Before Termination According to a recent complaint filed by the NLRB, Google…