LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
Managing your workforce is a complex and ever-changing challenge, and our labor and employment practice group can guide you through it all. Relationships between employers and employees are constantly changing. Both Texas and federal law control how employers must treat employees. The statutes provide protections for both sides. MehaffyWeber lawyers provide experienced legal representation and counsel to employers of all sizes, both private and public.
Although our primary goal is to reduce the risk of litigation, our labor and employment practice group includes experienced trial lawyers who have represented employers and employees in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels as well as in mediations and arbitrations. We also have represented clients on employment law matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Department of Labor (DOL), and more.
Professional Workplace Training
Our lawyers present training programs to help business clients understand the issues surrounding the hiring and firing of employees, sexual harassment, discrimination, non-competes, exempt and nonexempt overtime and pay questions and a variety of other issues. We help employers manage and avoid risks by providing current information on changes to federal and state employment laws, as well as practical guidance on compliance. We regularly offer seminars for employers and trade associations in which we clarify employment law issues and recent developments.
Our attorneys can help employers proactively implement the best practices for claim avoidance, including:
- Drafting and implementing an effective antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policy
- Enforcing an antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policy
- Educating staff about their responsibilities and legal duties
Our labor and employment practice group has extensive experience across the full spectrum of employment laws and issues, including:
- Federal and state discrimination laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act, and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
- Wrongful termination
- Classification of workers as employees or independent contractors under federal and state laws
- Exempt and non-exempt employee classification, and overtime and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- The Texas Labor Code, Chapter 61 (commonly known as the Texas Payday Act) and the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act
- Employment contracts, non-disclosure/non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, severance and separation agreements
- Performance evaluations and disciplinary matters
- Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Drafting and review of employee handbooks and policies
- Counseling on employee privacy rights, background checks, drug testing, and other human resources policies
- Employee theft investigations and litigation
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) matters
- Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, workers compensation retaliation, and workers compensation nonsubscriber plans and options
- Whistleblower actions
Texas Labor and Employment Lawyers
Our labor and employment lawyers have years of first-hand experience formulating practical solutions to potential employment problems for large and small employers on a wide range of employment law matters. We develop crucial business documents, including employee handbooks, performance evaluation materials, employment contracts, non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, and severance and separation agreements. We represent individuals and businesses in a wide spectrum of labor and employment litigation.