Attention, All Employers

Get Ready and Set To Post a New Required Notice for Your Employees. It’s official – the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a mandate that all covered employers must post a new Notice of Employee Rights for their employees, no later than January 31, 2012, notifying them of their rights to unionize. Continue reading “Attention, All Employers”

Let’s Party! How to Celebrate the Holidays Merrily — Litigation-Free

It’s that time – the holidays are here! Many companies traditionally sponsor a party to celebrate. Time to review a few guidelines to insure you don’t wind up entangled in nasty personnel situations, or worse yet, in litigation.

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Labor Relations, Unionization and You, the Employer

Lockouts, mediation, players union vs. owners, no games – are you feeling the gap left by the NBA basketball standoff? I am! All the commotion though, has brought to mind information employers need to know. The National Labor Relations Board has issued a new Final Rule affecting all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). What does this have to do with striking basketball players? Everything! Continue reading “Labor Relations, Unionization and You, the Employer”

Independent Contractor – Really?


What do many of us have in common nowadays? Yeah, empty pockets and a crying need for money, money, money – and that includes your government. In the search for dollars, employers’ misclassification of employees as independent contractors beckons as a legitimate source of lost funds. So, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Unemployment Tax Division and the IRS both have an interest in worker-classification issues. It may be tempting to assume your workers are independent contractors and blithely pass on the responsibility for Social Security, Medicaid, Unemployment, and other payroll taxes. Best be sure of your classification though, because when one of the agencies comes knocking, they can collect not only back taxes but impose fines for your errors. Witness the $319 million fine the IRS slapped on FedEx! Continue reading “Independent Contractor – Really?”