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

  • 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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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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