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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

It’s Time to Get Serious About International Human Rights

Take a look at your company’s website. When you do, is it quickly clear to you that your company is serious about its efforts to avoid violations of international human rights in its operations? If it is not, it is time to get to work on this issue. Governments, courts (legal and those of public opinion), and the markets are steadily showing less tolerance for companies whose operations either actively or through neglect create violations of internationally recognized human rights.

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How to Define Environmental Health and Safety Services

The lawyers in the safety practice here at Vinson & Elkins, along with our friends at ERM, recently held a round table discussion with management from several local companies concerning risk management. During our conversation, one company representative said, “EHSS [Environmental Health and Safety Services] is a value creator, not just a cost center as it has been historically defined . . . if you define it correctly.” This is an excellent point.

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HR Checklist for the New Year

As labor lawyers, we tend to think of our professional years as starting and ending on Labor Day. In order to celebrate the new Labor year, I intended to send this post early last week, but a storm called Harvey got in the way. So in belated celebration of the new Labor year, I now provide to you a checklist for the coming year as our New Year gift.

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  • 24
  • August
  • 2017

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Does Title VII Protect "Straight Acting" Gay Men?

Earlier this month I moderated a panel discussion on employment law and the LGBTQ community at the LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference. Much has changed since my first Lavender Law Conference in 1988. Back then, the law was clear: Title VII did not provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Period.

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Which Law Applies to International Employees Really Does Matter

When a company has workers around the world, be they employees or independent contractors, the company needs to give some thought to which country’s laws will apply to the company’s relationship with those workers. Choice of law issues are not easy. These issues need to be carefully considered at the outset of the relationship because there may be steps the company can take to select a favorable jurisdiction (or at least avoid a bad jurisdiction) and to make that selection stick.

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  • 17
  • August
  • 2017

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Who Owns Your Safety Culture?

As we move toward the end of summer and into fall, the time for establishing budgets for next year is fast approaching. In this time of unprecedented technological advances and automation in the workplace, one question that you may face is this: how does the company justify anything less than significant increases in the budget for health and safety efforts when the company has made public pronouncements such as “safety is job number 1.” How this question is answered will likely depend on who owns the safety culture for the company and how good the company is at assessing and discussing risk.

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  • 15
  • August
  • 2017

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The Important Work of HR Professionals and the Skills to Do It

A recent study by the Rand Corporation, Harvard Medical School, and University of California Los Angeles found that almost 20% of workers in the U.S. find their workplace hostile or threatening. The study refers to this finding as “disturbingly high” and I have to agree. My take from this study is that the need for good work by HR professionals has never been more important. So, what skills are needed for HR professionals to succeed in this modern workplace?

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Time to Review Nonsolicitation Covenants

I’ve found that it’s fairly common for Texas employers to have questions about the enforceability of a non-compete, but not so common for them to ask about the enforceability of their non-solicitation agreements. Yet, I often find myself in a courtroom relying on those non-solicits to try to get a departed employee to stop contacting a client’s customers or employees.

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  • 08
  • August
  • 2017

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Texas Enters the Fray: Is Your Uber Driver an Independent Contractor?

When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a new law regulating “Transportation Network Companies” this past Memorial Day, he was probably more interested in limiting the right of more liberal municipalities—such as Austin or Houston—to regulate ride-hailing companies than on the ongoing debate over the employment status of Uber and Lyft drivers.

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  • 02
  • August
  • 2017

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OSHA (Sort of) Launches Website for Electronical Filing of Injury and Illness Records

Several weeks ago, I expressed skepticism that OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping website would be up and ready, as promised, by August 1, since they were already five months behind schedule. As we all know, the federal government’s past record in putting together websites (remember HealthCare.gov?) has been less than stellar.

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  • 27
  • July
  • 2017

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The Most Important Policy in Your Handbook?

This week, the Fifth Circuit reminded us why it is so crucial that companies have a complaint procedure that allows employees to make complaints while guaranteeing that they will not be retaliated against for good faith reports. Frequent blog contributor Tom Wilson wrote back in January that, if a company were to pick just one policy to put down on paper, it should be this one.

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Whistling (In the Public Interest) While You Work

Whistleblowing claims have a funny way of sneaking up on employers. When an employee makes a complaint or raises a grievance, the legal risk is sometimes obvious at the start. But it can often catch an employer by surprise late in the process. Understanding (at least at a high level) the legal standards for whistleblowing claims in the different jurisdictions in which your company operates is critical to managing this risk.

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