When workers are offered severance agreements by their employers, there are many factors to consider before they accept the package as offered. For example, there may be other claims the employees will be giving up by accepting the agreements. There may be additional benefits the employees deserve that are not included in the employer offered package. Another issue arises as to whether or not severance pay is taxed by the Internal Revenue Service under the terms of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, better known as FICA.
Many businesses experience down times when their financial problems seem to outweigh the benefits to staying in business. Most of them are able to keep their money woes out of the media. Not so with San Antonio’s only professional football team, the Talons, who moved to San Antonio just two years ago. The move has not created the boost to business the team was hoping for. Game attendance has been poor and the team is having trouble paying its creditors.
Emergency medical workers in Austin-Travis County fought hard for a new contract, but a recent news report indicates that their new agreement lacks the one condition they really want – shorter weekly work hours. It is a case that highlights some of the difficulties of employment disputes, as workers are often forced to accept conditions imposed by their employers.
A former Texas police chief is now finding out how difficult life can be in the state when one lacks an employment contract. Texas is one of many “right to work” states, and when employees lack a contract, they are often at the mercy of their employer. For the former law enforcement man, the Montgomery City Council held authority over his termination, and when they wanted him out, he had little recourse.
Businesses have an interest in protecting themselves from former employees who might provide value to other companies in the area. There are times, though, when companies overstep their bounds in an aggressive effort to restrict employee rights. That might be what happened in Texas, where a Tyler man has claimed that he should not be bound by a restrictive noncompetition clause that he never agreed to.
Many Texas readers have probably sat at work during the day, emailing back and forth with their coworkers about the latest office gossip or sharing a funny video they saw on YouTube. These types of exchanges often lead to a fleeting thought of what one's boss might think of this use of work time, and a question about whether or not employers can or do read emails sent at work.
An NBPA-certified player-agent agent who represents NBA and college basketball players recently emerged from an employment dispute with an $85,000 jury award for his emotional distress. The initial dispute arose when he left long-time employer Priority Sports and Entertainment for an exciting opportunity at rival company Creative Artists Agency.
Many in Texas are aware of the naturally rough conditions that farm workers in the state must face. In addition to hot weather and difficult manual labor, many workers on farms in Texas spend much of the year moving among different locations depending on where the harvest is. The industry practice is for the employer to provide temporary housing to the workers while they are at a particular location and the conditions for that arrangement are usually a part of the whole agreement that the workers make with the company that hires them.