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February 2017 Archives

Obama-era overtime rule's fate still up in the air

The legal status of a new federal overtime rule that was supposed to have taken effect on Dec. 1 of last year is still far from certain. Whether the rule, which would significantly increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay, will ever take effect in its original form depends largely on the outcome of a federal court case and on the new Trump administration.

EEOC sees rise in disability discrimination cases

Texas employees may be interested to learn that data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows that complaints surrounding disability discrimination are increasing. The data showed that about 30 percent of the charges in 2016 were for disability discrimination even though disabled individuals only make up about 17.5 percent of the workforce.

EEOC and workplace discrimination cases

Texas employers that believe that workplace discrimination is not a problem should take a look at the number of complaints resolved by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a single year. The commission reported securing over $482 million for victims after addressing 97,443 charges of employment discrimination nationwide in fiscal 2016.

Ruling may affect FLSA claims involving retaliation

A ruling recently issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals may make it more difficult for employers who are embroiled in lawsuits pertaining to Fair Labor Standards Act violations. Workers in Texas and the rest of the country who have been retaliated against by an employer may recover financial damages for emotional injury.

Trump to keep Obama's LGBTQ protections

In a decision that will impact LGBTQ workers in Houston and across the U.S., the White House announced on Jan. 26 that President Trump will retain an Obama administration executive order that instituted workplace protections for certain gay and lesbian employees. Gay rights groups had feared the Trump administration would reverse the protections.

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