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Trump’s Recent Executive Orders Affecting Employers and Employees

In the past week, President Donald Trump has exercised his executive powers in ways that will greatly affect employers and employees alike. The Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interest of American Workers, issued on August 3rd, will influence federal employees and businesses that contract with the federal government. The […]

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Reopening Texas: Governor Abbott’s May 18 and 26 Executive Orders

On May 5, Governor Abbott began taking steps to reopen Texas businesses at a limited capacity. We wrote about the highlights of that Executive Order here. Since then, the governor has continued in the direction of allowing more economic activity to continue, through executive orders issued on May 18 and May 26. Here are some business highlights from these Executive […]

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Reopening Texas: Governor Abbott’s May 5 Executive Order and Your Business

Yesterday, Governor Abbott unveiled plans for reopening additional Texas businesses at limited capacity. The reopening parameters depend on the type of business you have. Below, are the highlights for each business by type. Offices Single-person offices may operate now Offices with more than one person may reopen on May 18 and allow the greater of […]

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Coronavirus and Congress: Employment Law Updates for Employees and Businesses

Over the past several weeks, the coronavirus has created unprecedented hardships for individuals, families and businesses. The federal government has attempted to implement policies and procedures as swiftly as the spread of the virus. On March 18, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed. One unique aspect of the Act is that it applies […]

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SCOTUS to decide if Title VII discrimination protection extends to LGBTQ+

In the coming months, the Supreme Court of the United States will decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers. The current composition of the court makes the anticipated outcome hard to predict. At the moment, there are four judges appointed by a Democratic president, and five […]

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The Saga Continues: The Department of Labor’s New Proposed Salary Minimum

Our blog has periodically covered the now 5 year journey of the Department of Labor’s efforts to update the salary minimum provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Recently, the DOL proposed a compromise of sorts, decreasing their $47,476 proposal from 2016, which was invalidated by the decision of an Eastern District of Texas judge […]

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