Automatic Meal Period Deductions: “Proceed with Caution”

The “meal period,” although not required by Texas law, is another one of those simple workplace concepts in theory but, in practice, has generated legions of lawsuits, agency decisions, and perhaps a plaintiffs’ firm or two.  The recurring issue is whether a (non-exempt) worker should be paid for the meal period or not.  As a …read more »

Another Bill Addressing Worker Missclassification

2010 has now seen two significant pieces of legislation introduced to respond to the perceived problem of contractor misclassification.   In April, the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act was introduced, which seeks to deter misclassification through increased Department of Labor scrutiny and penalties.   Then on September 15, 2010, the Fair Playing Field Act of 2010 …read more »

Don’t Hold Your Breath for the New ADA Rules

The January 2009 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act expanded the scope of the definition of “disability” to include far greater numbers of employees with impairments.  Since that time, we have all been waiting for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to re-write the regulations interpreting the ADA to conform to this new law.  Proposed …read more »