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  • Paid Sick Leave Trend Comes South to Austin, Texas

    Date:
    February 21, 2018

    Austin joins nine states and several other municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave laws in recent years. It is the first in the South to do so, establishing a beachhead for potential expansion of this trend into other liberal-leaning cities and towns in an otherwise-conservative region.

  • EEOC's Limitations on Criminal Background Checks Blocked in Texas

    Date:
    February 16, 2018

    A federal judge has blocked the EEOC from enforcing an Obama-era pronouncement in Texas that advised employers to use criminal background checks only when they are job-related or tied to legitimate business needs.

  • Overtime Rule Target of Lawsuit by 21 States

    Date:
    September 20, 2016

    Several states have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to nullify new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations from the US Department of Labor (DOL) before they take effect December 1.

  • Austin Will Be First Texas City to 'Ban the Box' for Private Employers

    Date:
    April 4, 2016

    Austin will become the first Texas city to restrict the use of criminal history information by private employers in the hiring process. The ordinance will prohibit both criminal history inquiries and criminal background checks until after a covered employer makes a conditional job offer.

  • Fifth Circuit Grants New Protections to Independent Contractors

    Date:
    February 12, 2016

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled for the first time that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act authorizes employment discrimination lawsuits filed by independent contractors. The court's ruling in Flynn v. Distinctive Home Care, Inc. is significant in its finding that the Rehabilitation Act offers broader protection than Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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