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April 2013 Archives

Supreme Court justices seem split on Texas discrimination case

Back in January we discussed a Texas employment law case that was going to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court heard the case this week, and it appears that they--like the lower courts here in Texas--will have a difficult time making a decision. They are expected to decide the case this summer.

Proposed bill would allow employers to pay for overtime with time off

When an employee chooses to work overtime, the employee will typically assume that he or she will be paid time and a half for the extra hours put in that week. Recently, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill that would change the way overtime can be compensated by employers.

How does San Antonio do when it comes to fair wages?

Some San Antonio residents may be aware that Equal Pay Day was celebrated earlier this week. Equal Pay Day is commemorated annually to call attention to the wage gap that still exists between men and women in the U.S. The Equal Pay Act outlawed pay discrimination 50 years ago, but according to a recent study by the National Partnership for Women & Families, women still only earn about 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.

Texas gets bad grade when it comes to workplace injuries

There has been much in the news lately about the construction industry here in Texas. Unfortunately, the news is very negative. The state is leading the country in the rate of fatal construction site accidents. Further complicating matters is the fact that Texas is the only state in the U.S. that does not require private employers to carry workers' compensation insurance.