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Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

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The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded change and consolidation. Now there are brokerage firms and other combinations of landmen. It is not a… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Voting Rights

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: The Texas Election Code rules for employee voting rights and time off apply to all Texas employers. Can I do it myself: Who is protected: All employees, including temporary or seasonal workers, are protected. What is protected: Basically there are three protections. First, an… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Jury Duty

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: The Jurors Right to Reemployment Act and the Jury System Improvement Act of 1978 applies to all employers in Texas. These laws protect the employment status of those employees serving jury duty in either state or federal court. Who is protected: All permanent employees… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Travel Time

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: All employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is virtually every employer. What is the issue: Employers are required to count certain time spent traveling toward an employee’s hours worked each week unless the employee is exempt from overtime. (For… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Bonuses

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: You guessed it . . . any employer who chooses to pay a bonus to employees. What counts as a bonus: There are a lot of ways to describe a bonus. For our purposes, a bonus includes any discretionary or non-discretionary payment or “compensation”… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: I-9 Forms

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Who, What, Why . . . Who Does It Apply To: All business owners hiring employees to work within the United States. What Is An I-9 Form: Hopefully, you are all familiar with the I-9 Form. All employers are required to complete one for all new employees by the Department of Homeland Security and the… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties potentially implicate a variety of employment laws: Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Workers’ Compensation, and liability… Continue Reading

Employment Law 101: Background Checks

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Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer interested in protecting their business from the potential consequences of not doing background checks and some employers who are otherwise required to perform checks. What kind of checks are there: At first, you might just think of the basic criminal background check… Continue Reading