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Defunct restaurant must pay former employees for lack of notice

Many Houston residents likely have not heard of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the WARN Act), but it is a crucial piece of legislation that protects certain employees who work for certain companies that employ at least 100 people.

Huffington Post cleared after appeal by bloggers fails

There are some Houston residents out there who probably feel that one of their ideas was used by their employer, but they were never given proper credit. This concept is a little different than performing your job and the company benefitting from it; but the feeling could be pretty similar if you feel the work you did was above your job criteria, and if the company benefitted in an exceptional way.

Dillard's settles with EEOC over health discrimination lawsuit

Texas residents are very familiar with Dillard's, a higher-end retailer that is heavily concentrated in the Lone Star State. The company gives off an air of class -- but, as it turns out, their employment practices behind the curtain are far less respectable than that appearance.

Companies are more open to online shopping during work hours

It's the holiday season -- and as such, that means it's time to start shopping for gifts. With every passing holiday season, more and more people take to the internet to get their holiday shopping done. No lines; less hassle; more convenient; really, what more could a holiday shopper ask for?

Paramedic fired for posting unprofessional status about patient

During the rise of Facebook's popularity, many people in Houston heard about the dangers presented by the social networking site. Sure, Facebook was well-intentioned; and most of its users really enjoyed the service it provided, and still do.

Texas woman's FMLA claim denied because of late notification

Federal laws are in place to protect workers' rights in Texas and throughout the country. In particular, the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to protect workers' employment when unexpected medical issues arise, including pregnancy, illness or the need to care for a family member. But to take advantage of these important benefits, Texans need to be aware of the relevant filing deadlines and paperwork.

Is arrested Halliburton exec protected from action by contract?

Employee contracts serve a very important purpose here in the state of Texas. We are an "at-will employment" state, which means that a company or worker can terminate their employment relationship at any time for any reason -- unless they have entered into a contract. This contract sets forth new rules, which both parties agree to, that override the base laws set forth under "at-will employment" guidelines.

Man with inoperable brain tumor fired for medical marijuana use

Though it is a drug, medical marijuana is absolutely vital for many people dealing with serious or catastrophic conditions. The pain they feel from these adverse medical events is unimaginable, and using medical marijuana allows them to get through the day without feeling that pain all the time.

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