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April 2017 Archives

The harsh realities of the gig economy

Career and financial stability is something everyone strives for, but in this gig economy, few will actually achieve. You’ve been taught that hard work pays off and the workforce all about “climbing the ladder.” You must start at the bottom, pay your dues and work your way up. Unfortunately, this business motto has seen better days. Economic inequality is growing rapidly and the gig economy could be to blame.

People with cancer and workplace discrimination

Some Texas workers who have had cancer might face discrimination in the workplace despite the fact that 2009 amendments to the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act protects them. According to the 2009 amendments, people who have a disability that substantially limits their life in some way while still being well-managed or in remission are protected from discrimination. However, a study published in the "Journal of Oncology Practice" found that people in this category were still suffering from workplace discrimination.

Supreme Court decision could affect church hospital employees

Catholic hospitals and other employers in Houston and around the nation are paying close attention to a case involving retirement plans that's scheduled to be heard before the United States Supreme Court. Pension plans affiliated with church hospitals are regularly exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974; however, the Supreme Court will soon be ruling on three cases that challenged that exemption.

LGBT workplace discrimination suit moves forward

On April 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 shields LGBT workers from on-the-job discrimination, allowing an Indiana teacher's lawsuit against her former employer to move forward. The decision will have a significant impact on the rights of LGBT workers in Houston and across the United States, according to legal observers.

Settlement reached in wage and hour suit

In the past few years, the number of wage and hour claims that have been filed have increased significantly. The claims usually pertain to issues like the misclassification of workers as independent contractors or disputes about exempt status. Other violations, such as inaccurate wage statements or inadequate break periods, are less frequent, but can also result in employers in Texas and around the country being subjected to citations and fines.

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