When is an employee not an employee? It depends on how a worker is classified by an employer. Full-time employees are eligible for benefits -- and are also required to be paid overtime, where applicable, and fair wages. Employers must also pay insurance and employment taxes for full-time employees, which can add up to significant expenses for businesses.
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.
An actor known for his role on the show "L.A. Law," which aired during the 1980s and 90s, is suing a marketing company for non-payment.
In the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, many employers have the upper hand in labor disputes with their employees and any unions they may be affiliated with. At the same time, it appears that both the number of unions and the membership of unions are on the decline. What does this all mean? When it comes time for collective bargaining, or if another sort of contract or labor dispute arises, employers are more than willing to lock out their employees and simply wait.