Employment

Employment

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We provide aggressive, yet cost-effective, defense against employment-related claims in both state and federal courts. We have extensive experience representing employers in investigations and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the EEOC, the Texas Commission on Human Rights and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Our experienced team reviews and revises existing policies and procedures or helps to create a new employee handbook from scratch.  Then we help our clients manage and effectively implement the policies, ensuring that they become part of the routine business practices.

We regularly represent clients in investigations and litigation over employment, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, severance agreements, and theft of trade secrets, including the time-sensitive injunctions and restraining orders that often are important parts of these disputes. We defend the interests of employers on either side of a controversy — seeking enjoining former employees from doing harm or freeing new employees from unreasonable restraint.

We counsel clients on matters including the following:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Harassment and retaliation
  • Retaliation and wrongful discharge
  • Title VII, ADA and FMLA compliance
  • Severance arrangements and employment contracts
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Plant closings and mass layoffs
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Workplace privacy (including drug, alcohol and disease testing)

We also frequently represent companies and executives in connection with employment, consulting and severance agreements. Our lawyers design change of control agreements, deferred compensation plans, incentive compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, and excess benefit plans.

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 Employment Litigation
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News

Publications

06/13/17Employment Alert: "Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Classifications"
01/23/17Employment Alert: "Employers Must Use New Form I-9 as of January 22, 2017"
11/26/16Employment Alert: "Nationwide Injunction Blocks the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule"
10/12/16Employment Alert: "Federal Protection of Trade Secrets - the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016"
05/19/16Employment Alert: "The New Overtime Rule Affects 4 Million Workers - Are Yours Included?"
03/29/16Employment Alert: "Responding to the Skyrocketing Rate of Wage and Hour Claims"
11/2013“Employment Update: What you Need to Know About Telecommuting and Unpaid Interns,” Fall 2013 Newsletter, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section
10/30/13Litigation Alert: "OSHA's Launch of Web Resources to "Assist" Companies May Be Part of a Disturbing Trend"
05/21/13Business Litigation Alert: "Texas Adopts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act"
7/1/2007"English-Only Policies"
3/20/2007"Noncompete Agreements and Related Issues: Protecting Confidential Information (Or Can Your Client Start a New Business Without Getting Sued)," University of Houston, Advanced Labor & Employment Law Seminar
5/5/2005What Steps Should An Employer Take Upon Learning An Employee May Be Planning to Leave the Company to Join a Competitor?
6/11/2004Employers Need to Have Policies in Place and Should Follow Them
2/11/2002Survey: In Light of Enron, What is One Piece of Advice About Their Retirement PLans You Would Give to Employees? "Review Portfolio Often"
11/28/1997Non-Competition Agreements May Not Hold Up in Court

Articles

Events

08/26/05"Labor And Employment Issues Of Document Retention And Destruction: Best Policies And Practices,” Document Retention and Destruction in Texas, Lorman Education Seminar
08/24/04“Labor And Employment Issues Of Document Retention And Destruction: Best Policies And Practices,” Document Retention and Destruction in Texas, Lorman Education Seminar
11/11/03“How Do You Fire the Troublesome Employee,” and “Employment Policies Your Business Can’t Do Without,” Construction and Real Estate: Latest Industry Trends, Challenges and Tips, firm seminar