’Tis the Season to Go Shopping…and for Employers to Enforce Employment Policies Regarding Internet Use

/cdklawyers.com// 12/01/2010 Many Americans dive into the holiday season with enthusiasm and many also try to complete their online shopping while at work.  Yet employees who shop online while at work not only reduce productivity, but they also put company computers at risk for viruses, spam and other Internet-born ills.  What can an employer do […]

Employers May Need to Implement Social Media Employment Policies

/cdklawyers.com// 11/26/2010 “Social media” refers to online media that facilitates conversations via the Internet and that allows users to share in creating the media’s content.  Social media examples include Facebook and Twitter.  Because social media use has exploded in recent years, employers may need to address its use with specific social media employment policies. A […]

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement in Employment Discrimination Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 10/25/2010 The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that an arbitration agreement between an employer and a former employee should be enforced.  In re 24R, Inc., No. 09-1025 (Tex. Oct. 22, 2010), available at http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2010/oct/091025.htm.  The former employee filed an employment discrimination lawsuit, and the employer moved to compel arbitration based on a signed arbitration […]

An Employer May Need An Employment Policy Addressing Gifts, Meals and Entertainment

/cdklawyers.com// 09/23/2010 Most employers should address whether employees may receive gifts, meals or offers of entertainment from vendors, clients or other business contacts; often an employer must implement a gift policy to prevent any conflicts of interest and, in some industries, to ensure that the employer does not violate any laws or regulations. Keith Clouse, […]

Employers Must Ensure that Employees Avoid Security Breaches When Using Smart Phones

/cdklawyers.com// 06/06/2010 It seems everyone carries a smart phone now—a cellular phone with advanced capabilities (such as a BlackBerry or iPhone).  A smart phone can be invaluable to an employee because it enables the employee to check emails and to review documents while out of the office.  But improper smart phone use by employees can […]

Healthcare Reform Law Contains Provision Requiring Employers to Allow Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers

/cdklawyers.com// 04/13/2010 President Barack Obama recently signed into law a sweeping healthcare reform act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This act contains a provision that has received little attention but that may impact employers in meaningful ways.  Section 4207, entitled “Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers,” amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of […]

Dallas employment law attorney – Proposed Federal Legislation: Healthy Families Act

/cdklawyers.com// 07/02/2009 A bill recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives would require some employers to offer paid sick leave if the bill is enacted into law.  The Healthy Families Act (“Act”) would require employers with at least fifteen employees to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee works, […]