November 2012 Archives

Verizon retirees cry foul in Texas over pension move

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed an interesting pension move that Texas-based AT&T was asking federal officials to allow, and now this week news has broken about another telecommunication's company and its pension plan.

Judge to sexual harassment plaintiffs: turn over Facebook logins

As the way people communicate with each other continues to evolve, courts and lawmakers have struggled to keep up with corresponding laws. Cell phone records, emails and Facebook posts are being pulled as evidence in more and more legal cases in Texas and across the country, even though some have grappled with whether this violates privacy rights.

Texas-based AT&T tries to make ERISA-barred pension move

Employees of AT&T, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, may have heard that their pension plans could soon change quite dramatically. Last month, AT&T asked the U.S. Department of Labor to allow it to put newly-created shares of its stock into the company's pension plan. This request is quite interesting because this type of investment risk is actually prohibited by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which is the law governing retirement plans.

Houston firm settles disability discrimination case

A Houston-based defense contracting firm has settled a disability discrimination case with one of their former employees and the EEOC. The lawsuit alleged that the firm wrongfully terminated the employee, who was considered disabled but never offered any accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Texas law: employers must give workers paid time off to vote

Election Day is just around the corner now, but because there has been so much public encouragement about voting early, many people here in Houston may have already voted. For those who have not voted yet, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Many people who work traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs will surely be able to fit in a trip to the polls before or after work. For others who work long days, it might be difficult to squeeze it in, but these workers should note that their employers may not infringe on their right to vote.

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