M2D Attorney Nicole Su Writes in Texas Lawbook on the Importance of Diversity in the Law

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Texas Lawbook published an article by Muskat, Mahony & Devine attorney Nicole Su on diversity in the law. Headlined “Embracing my ‘Otherness’ and Forging My Own Path” (subscription required), the article discusses Nicole’s career experiences that led to a feeling of “otherness” and how friends …read more »

M2D Partners Featured in Texas Lawyer on What Employers Should Know about Efforts to Limit Mandatory Employment Arbitration

Texas Lawyer magazine has published an article by M2D partners Mike Muskat and Corey Devine detailing what employers should know about mandatory employment arbitration. The article, “Texas Employers Should Beware of Efforts to Limit Mandatory Employment Arbitration” (subscription required), provides practical perspective on the growing patchwork of federal and state laws regarding the permissibility and enforceability …read more »

Efforts to Outlaw Race-Based Hair Discrimination Gain Traction: What Employers Need to Know about the CROWN Act

In 2010, Catastrophe Management Solutions hired Chastity Jones. Jones, a black woman, was fired after she refused to cut her dreadlocks to comply with CMS’s employee grooming standards. The EEOC sued, arguing that Jones’s dismissal amounted to race discrimination. But the courts disagreed, finding Jones’s dreadlocks were not a fixed (i.e., immutable) trait constituting “race” …read more »

Lessons in Labor: Takeaways from Recent Unionization Efforts Across the Country

Seemingly every day, there is a new headline regarding worker unionization. Since the summer of 2021, workers at over 200 Starbucks locations across the country have expressed interest in organization activity and have explored the possibility of unionization. In another recent example, in April 2022 Amazon workers voted to unionize a warehouse in Staten Island, …read more »

Returning to the Office: (Re)-Creating a Positive Work Environment and Avoiding the Activision Blizzard Scenario

Many workplaces have fully re-opened in the last few months and employees are being required to return to the office, at least on a part-time basis.  With so many people back in the office after a two-year hiatus and interacting in-person with supervisors and co-workers on a daily basis, there are going to be challenges …read more »

M2D Lawyers Featured in Texas Lawyer on Lessons Learned Two Years After the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Texas Lawyer magazine has published an M2D article entitled, “COVID-19 at Two Years: What Have We Learned?” The article, written by Mike Muskat, Michelle Mahony, Corey Devine, Mariah Berry, and Nicole Su, identifies the lessons “that may reshape the future of labor and employment law long after COVID-19 becomes a routine workplace risk to manage.” …read more »

COVID at Two Years: What Have We Learned?

It has been just over two years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first domestic case of COVID.  Now, the U.S. has confirmed over 78 million novel coronavirus cases and 940,000 deaths.  To say that the pandemic upended our lives is an understatement.  Employers, of course, were not spared strain and …read more »

‘Inclusion is Not Assimilation:’ M2D Attorney Mariah Berry Featured in Texas Lawbook on Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion

  In recognition of Black History Month, Texas Lawbook has published an article by M2D attorney Mariah Berry on law firm diversity. “Law Firm Culture: Inclusion Is Not Assimilation” (subscription required) discusses why the biggest impediment to achieving true diversity in the legal profession is not recruiting diverse attorneys but retaining them. The reason: lack …read more »

M2D’s Proposed New Year’s Resolutions for Employers

The lawyers at Muskat, Mahony & Devine have created a list of proposed New Year’s resolutions for you and your company to consider in the upcoming year. We hope you find them helpful. From everyone at M2D, Happy New Year and all the best in 2022!   Resolve to Implement an Updated (and Lawful) Workplace …read more »

M2D Partners Featured in Texas Lawyer Magazine on Biggest Challenges for Employers in 2022

Texas Lawyer magazine has published an article by M2D partners Mike Muskat and Michelle Mahony highlighting the legal issues employers should consider and prepare for heading into 2022. “Four Key Legal Challenges for Employers in 2022” (subscription required) aims to guide businesses as they navigate the many changes expected in the new year. In the …read more »