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4 things to consider before asking employees to sign non-competes

Running a successful business in Texas is about much more than having a good product or service to offer. Business owners must also manage operational tasks like making employment decisions and complying with state and federal laws.

Is gender identity protected in the workplace?

For employers in Texas, creating an inclusive workplace is a must. This includes being sensitive to issues involving gender identity, of which many people lack a real understanding. Accordingly, it’s important for business owners to be fully aware of the law to ensure they remain compliant to all relevant statutes.

What constitutes harassment?

Employers in Houston must be vigilant about preventing harassment for the good of their workers as well as their businesses. However, instances of harassment are not always cut and dry. In some cases, seemingly minor incidents can become huge legal hassles if not handled appropriately. To this end, it’s important for you to know exactly what constitutes harassment so that you can react accordingly.

What should I know about tipped workers in Texas?

If you are an employer in Texas, remaining in compliance with pertinent wage and hour laws is essential. This is especially true if your business employs tipped workers, who are subject to a separate set of rules in terms of how they should be compensated. Employers can easily run afoul of regulations without the right knowledge, which will quickly lead to legal trouble for you and your business.

What happens when a discrimination complaint is made?

As a Houston business owner, you no doubt want the best environment for your workers. However, discrimination claims can occur, and such claims are often extremely damaging to your business overall. Accordingly, it’s important for employers to be aware of the complaint process to ensure they remain in compliance.

What should I include in an employee handbook?

Employers in Texas know just how challenging human resource issues can be. Accordingly, the creation of a comprehensive employee handbook is extremely helpful for informing your workers of what exactly is expected of them. A well-written handbook can also greatly reduce the likelihood of litigation, which can be damaging to even the most successful business.

How can I avoid wrongful termination claims in Texas?

If it is your duty to dismiss an employee in Texas, you know that the risk of a wrongful termination claim is very real. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to mitigate the likelihood of a lawsuit by utilizing best practices when terminating an employee.

Challenges to the DOL overtime rule

Employers in Houston may need their workers to work more than 40 hours per week for a number of reasons. According to the National Law Review, after a new overtime rule from the U.S. Department of Labor goes into effect, this will cost a business more when it comes to the employee’s wages. It would require most employers to pay overtime pay to employees who make up to $913 per week, and this law is now the focus of a lawsuit filed by Texas and 22 other states.

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