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

Why Is This Important?

The heritage of indigenous people in Guatemala, the right of Nigerian women to avoid being the subject of human trafficking, the working conditions of employees in northern Brazil. Besides a general wish for others to be treated fairly, why are these types of matters important to Texas companies and their Texas-based lawyers? Why does the mayor of Houston decide to issue a proclamation that recognizes an event to discuss this very issue? Why are lawyers coming from California and Virginia to address these issues? And why did the State Bar of Texas create a committee for the specific purpose of educating Texas lawyers on these issues? 

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  • 27
  • November
  • 2019

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The Problem with Non-Disparagement Clauses

“If I am going to have to pay her a severance, I want to make sure that she doesn’t go around bad mouthing me or my company,” is not an unusual plea from an employer who is parting ways with a difficult employee. The employment lawyer’s most common response to this concern is to add a non-disparagement clause to the separation agreement. While enforcement of non-disparagement clauses can be tricky, most employment lawyers will tell you that they have never had to enforce one, suggesting that the clauses do serve as effective deterrents on disgruntled former employees’ criticisms of their former employer or boss.

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  • 21
  • November
  • 2019

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It’s Time For Federal Contractors To Review Their Disability Affirmative Action Programs

Earlier this year, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it will be placing an increased emphasis on disability inclusion in the workplace. In order to accomplish that goal, the agency said it will be conducting “focused reviews” of compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal contractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals with disabilities.

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One Tweet, and the World Is at Your Door

Recent events show that all it takes is one tweet from even a midlevel manager of a company to create an international incident. We have previously written about having policies that restrict employees from speaking on behalf of the company when they are not authorized to do so. However, that does nothing to stop employees from generally saying what they wish on behalf of themselves on matters seemingly unrelated to their employer.

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  • 12
  • November
  • 2019

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Bearing Arms Part I: Texas Tips on Implementing a Lawful Firearms Policy

For three years, Texas law has allowed folks with a concealed license the right to carry their firearms openly. Texas continues to expand the rights of gun owners. In September, a spate of new gun reform legislation in Texas became effective, including looser restrictions on firearms during states of emergency and natural disasters, as well as new prohibitions against landlords from restricting gun ownership within their rented properties. Given this new legislation, we are starting a mini-series dedicated to helping employers navigate the changing landscape of gun rights and regulations in the Lone Star State. In this first installment, we’ll begin by describing the basics of firearm policies.

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