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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Forbes Ranks Texas Health as Top Employer for Diversity


What are the benefits of diversity in the workplace?


Recently, Forbes magazine ranked Texas Health Resources number 140 on its list of the Best Employers for Diversity. The national list polled respondents with questions about employee gender, age, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and other diversity indicators.  Texas Health is honored to have ranked top among the most inclusive employers in the country.  Texas Health issued a public release expressing pride over the award and stating that the workplace is comprised of more than 40 percent of employees who identify themselves as part of an ethnic population.  Our Austin, Texas business law employees applaud Texas Health for its recent ranking and discuss the many benefits of having a diverse workplace below.


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Monday, December 31, 2018

California Businesses Flock to Texas


Why is Texas an attractive place to start a new business?

The Dallas Business Journal is reporting that a record number of businesses are leaving California, and many are electing to relocate to Texas.  At least 1,800 California companies are leaving the state in hopes to find a more favorable business climate, which Texas promises. McKesson Corp, a massive pharmaceutical distributor, recently announced that it plans to join the exodus by relocating its San Francisco headquarters to Irving.  McKesson Corp. is ranked sixth on the Fortune 500 list, making its move to Texas an important one.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FMLA and Key Employees


Can our company terminate a key employee who takes FMLA leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year.  Generally, employees who take FMLA leave are entitled to have their job back at the end of their leave period.  While FMLA is important to the protection of employees with medical conditions new babies, and other urgent family matters, losing an employee for 12 weeks can be hard for the employer.  At times, a company cannot afford to lose a key employee for 12 weeks. Understanding that circumstances do arise in which a company cannot keep a position open for a key employee, certain exceptions will allow an employer to terminate a key employee who takes FMLA leave.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Benefits of ADR for Business Disputes

Is alternative dispute resolution the right method to resolve my business dispute?

Business owners will often eventually find themselves involved in some form of dispute with a business partner, an employee, vendor, customer, contractor, or others.  Business disputes can be stressful and potentially involve high stakes.  For the busy small business owner, litigating a dispute at trial is rarely the ideal method of resolution.  Instead, most business disputes are resolved through some form of alternative to ligation, with the most popular options being mediation and arbitration.  At times, one method will be required per the contract governing the dispute.  Our Austin, Texas ADR business lawyers explore the basics of alternative dispute resolution and how you can find the ideal method to end your dispute below.


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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Austin Business Journal Recognizes the Fastest Growing Companies

What makes Austin an ideal city for startup businesses?

The Austin Business Journal recently released its list of the fastest growing companies in the city. Companies were divided into two categories, one for companies with annual revenues of less than $10 million and another for companies bringing in over $10 million a year.  These winners represent the high growth atmosphere of industries within Austin and the state of Texas.  Our Austin, Texas business startup attorneys explore some award winning companies in the area and discuss why Austin may be the perfect place for your new business.  


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dissolving Your Partnership

How do I end a business partnership?

Business partnerships can fail for many reasons. Perhaps you and your partner no longer agree on the direction of the business or personal problems are affecting your partner’s work ethics. No matter what the reason for the business strife, there are ways to dissolve a partnership in a pain free manner. Our


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance Faces Challenge


Does Austin’s sick leave law violate the Texas Minimum Wage Act?

Recently, Austin passed a new ordinance that would require most private businesses in the city to provide employees with 64 hours of paid sick leave. The law is slated to start on October 1st, but now it is facing a legal challenge from a coalition of Texas businesses. The group seeks to overturn the bill by claiming it violates the state’s minimum wage act. Our Read more . . .


Monday, April 16, 2018

Texas Businesses Are Hiring

What questions should I ask a job applicant?

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently conducted its biannual business survey and the results were encouraging for local employers and employees. In response to the survey, more than half of the 350 Texas business executives questioned said that they are planning to increase employment over the next six months to one year. This is the first time that more than half of all employers indicated they would be hiring since the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas started the survey seven years ago.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Business Disputes: Arbitration vs. Mediation


Is arbitration or mediation the best method for resolving my business dispute?

For business owners, disputes are inevitable.  Often, business disputes will arise between business partners or between two businesses when they disagree about the terms of a contract.  A business dispute can cause much stress and have financial implications.  When it comes to resolving your dispute, there are two main options:  arbitration or mediation.  Each dispute resolution process comes with benefits and drawbacks.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Minority Business Owners Could Be Eligible For Grants

What grants could I receive as a minority small business owner?

As a minority business owner, you may be eligible to receive a wide range of grants, which cost you nothing and need not be repaid.  Federal and private grants are designed to help minority business owners achieve success.  Sadly, a racial wage gap continues to exist in the United States. Black and Hispanic individuals continue to earn an estimated 30 percent less than their Caucasian counterparts.


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Friday, November 24, 2017

Drafting Your Employee Handbook


What policies should my employee handbook include?

All Texas employers should craft an employee handbook that sets out the business’ policies, expectations of employees, procedures, and benefits.  You can use your handbook as a means of reaching out to employees to instill your company vision while providing a comprehensive list of rules that can help to maintain a productive and safe workplace.  Every employee handbook will be unique, but most employee handbooks in Texas should include the following:

  1. An introduction to your company:  Consider starting your employee handbook off with a brief introduction to your company and the handbook itself.
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