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Don't sign a severance agreement without considering your options

Lots of people have had to deal with being laid off, but it doesn't have to be without its rewards. If your employment is terminated, you could be asked to sign a severance agreement, which is a contract that releases the employee and protects the company against claims the employee could make.

Independent contractor terms in Texas

If you work as an independent contractor, you may be concerned about how workplace laws apply to you. A contract laborer, or independent contractor, is someone who is hired in to do a job but isn't an employee of the company who has hired them. They may have to have their own insurance and must pay their own taxes and expenses.

You have a right to proper wages in Texas

Have you had to deal with a wage discrepancy after signing a contract with a business you work for? Wage disputes can cause major problems between you and your employer, so it's important to stand up for your rights and for the wage your time is worth. You provide special talents to your employer's workforce, so you don't need to take abuse or have an employer who won't pay you according to the terms of your agreement.

Is an employment contract good to use in Texas?

Employment contracts have a number of benefits to you as an employee. For instance, your employer will be restricted in the ways he or she can terminate you. So, there is no way an employer can simply terminate you on a whim or due to a clash of personalities. If that happens, then your contract may protect you and be used to fine or otherwise punish your employer.

Be protected while being a whistleblower against fraud in Texas

When you enter into an employment contract, it's binding. Unfortunately, sometimes the people you sign a contract with are committing fraud or other crimes, and you have to blow the whistle. You are protected by law if you have to be a whistleblower against a company that has committed fraud against the U.S. government. Essentially, if the company you work for is defrauding the government, you have the right to take action.

Understand your rights under a severance agreement in Texas

Did you know that under Texas law, if you've been terminated or laid off, you may be asked to sign a severance agreement? Before you sign it, you need to understand what it means for you legally. Normally, when you sign a severance agreement, you're waiving your rights to any and all legal claims against your employer for being terminated.

Is an employment contract good or bad in Texas?

There are a number of pros and cons for written contracts in Texas, both for an employer and an employee. First of all, your written contact will have a number of facts in it that you've agreed to. It should note the term of employment, the responsibilities you have as an employee, the benefits you'll receive as an employee, the vacation and sick day policies, nondisclosure agreements, ownership agreements, assignment clauses, the method of dispute resolution, grounds for termination and other important facts.

Employment contracts and your rights in Texas

In Texas, your employment is "at will." That means that you can be hired and fired as the company you work for sees fit. You can be fired for any reason as long as it's not illegal. For instance, you can't be fired due to your gender, but you can be fired for showing up to work late once.

Texas police department progressing in salary negotiations

One Texas city is finally making progress in salary negotiations for their police department. The San Angelo Police Department has spent nine long months negotiating salaries to bring their officers up to their set benchmarks. Thursday, the San Angelo Coalition of Police signed off on an agreement at City Hall that would raise the pay of their police officers to 95 percent of average salaries of police officers in cities used for a benchmark. The proposed raise won't come all at once, but over a three-year period. Now the employment contract is just waiting for a sign-off from the City Council.