Show Me the Money

Lisa Bogany

Employers have a great opportunity to put Texans back to work and receive some financial relief. The Texas Back to Work subsidy offers employers up to $2000 for hiring an eligible candidate. Continue reading “Show Me the Money”

High as a Kite – Firing an Employee on Drugs


If you fire an employee because you say she was “high” on drugs, you may still have to pay unemployment claims. You must prove five facts to establish misconduct in an unemployment claims case. Without these five elements, you are not likely to overcome the claimant’s sworn denial of drug use because legally, she is her own best witness. Continue reading “High as a Kite – Firing an Employee on Drugs”

Winning an Unemployment Claim


Our latest unemployment rate in the Gulf Coast is 8.2% or about 234,000 people, with many receiving unemployment benefits. To replenish the Unemployment Compensation Fund and pay those unemployment checks, the Texas Workforce Commission increased the employer tax rates. So, in addition to the bad economy that caused you to lay off and struggle to stay in business, you’ve got the burden of higher unemployment taxes. You’re liable for charges on employees you lay off, but don’t pay for those employees you deservedly fire. Continue reading “Winning an Unemployment Claim”

Preparing for the New Normal


After the 2001 recession, the national unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in 2002, and peaked at 6.3 percent in 2003 before falling back to 4.6 percent for 2006 and 2007. Most economists agree that we may never see employment numbers this low again. Continue reading “Preparing for the New Normal”