For many workers in Texas and across the country, getting sick is simply not an option. Part-time hourly workers often are not given paid sick time, so a sick day acts as a serious blow to their paycheck. But what if they could earn sick time as they worked?
Workers’ rights advocates in Texas expressed outrage in late March over a new rule crafted by the Texas Workforce Commission. The rule makes it easier for companies that provide app-based services to treat their workers as independent contractors – meaning they will not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits.
The partial government shutdown has now entered its second month. During this time, more than 800,000 federal government workers have had to survive without a paycheck.
Each state has its own legal holidays—and its own laws with respect to employer obligations on such days. In addition to federal holidays—New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas—Texas also observes other state holidays. These include:
In Texas, there are certain situations in which your employer is required to give you time off for civic duty service. In today’s post, we outline your right to protected leave from your job for civic duty purposes.
Independent contractor jobs are becoming increasingly common. They’re cheaper for an employer than hiring employees—as contractors are exempt from overtime pay as well as health and vacation benefits. However, simply labeling a worker as an independent contractor isn’t sufficient to actually classify them as such. There are certain traits that distinguish an employee from an independent contractor.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently made a key ruling that may have a ripple effect in future overtime disputes. The case involved a car dealership in California and five of its employees, who work as service advisors. The lawsuit arose when the dealership refused to pay these employees overtime pay.
The mid-term elections are just around the corner. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you’re an employee who works long shifts, this timeframe may leave you with insufficient time to vote. What are your legal rights surrounding your ability to cast your ballot?
We’ve talked in previous post about federal statutes that protect certain classes of workers from discrimination. In today’s post, we discuss the shortcomings of these laws with respect to the disabled workforce.
In a previous post, we discussed the minimum basic compensation that most employers are legally required to pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In today’s post, we discuss common exceptions to the rule—job categories where requisite compensation is not as cut and dried.