Dallas Employment Lawyer Discusses What Items Can be Granted Trade Secret Protection

/cdklawyers.com// 09/15/2012 Keith Clouse, a Dallas, Texas employment lawyer, works with employers to protect their trade secrets and to keep former employees from using or disclosing these trade secrets. Unfortunately, much confusion exists about what a trade secret is and what information can be classified as a trade secret.   Simply put, a trade secret […]

Texas Employment Law Attorney Reminds Healthcare Groups to Revisit Employment-Related Documents and Policies

/cdklawyers.com// 09/14/2012 A healthcare group typically consults with legal counsel when setting up the practice. At that time, a group typically hires an attorney to draft physician employment agreements, operating agreements, employee handbooks, and job descriptions as well as set up proper procedures for resolving personnel issues. Then, many healthcare groups do not consult with […]

Texas Supreme Court Issues Opinion Regarding Pay Discrimination Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 09/06/2012 The Texas Supreme Court recently addressed an issue of first impression: Does the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act apply to claims brought under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act so that the 180-day limitations period begins anew each time a claimant receives a paycheck containing a discriminatory amount? Prairie View A&M […]

Dallas Labor and Employment Lawyer Discusses Labor Day

/cdklawyers.com// 09/04/2012 As Americans stumble back into their offices after a long holiday weekend spent picnicking, boating, and having fun, Dallas labor and employment lawyer Keith Clouse directs them to the Department of Labor’s webpage regarding Labor Day 2012. There, readers will be able to learn more about the history of this American holiday.   […]

Fifth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Failure to Hire Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 08/31/2012 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a summary judgment ruling for an employer in a failure to hire case. Johnson v. Maestri-Murrell Prop. Mgmt., LLC, No. 11-30914 (5th Cir. Aug. 14, 2012), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/11/11-30914.0.wpd.pdf.   The plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to hire her as the assistant manager of […]

Dallas Physician Contract Attorney Discusses Representations and Warranties in Physician Employment Agreements

/cdklawyers.com// 08/30/2012 Keith Clouse, a Dallas-based employment law attorney, regularly advises physicians and medical groups regarding physician employment contracts. Many physician employment contracts include a “representations and warranties” section in which the physician makes certain representations and warranties. This section covers matters that are considered fundamental to the employer’s decision to hire the physician.   […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination/Retaliation Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 08/25/2012 A plaintiff claimed his employer discriminated against him because of his non-Japanese origin and retaliated against him when he complained about the discrimination. The district court granted summary judgment for the employer, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that determination. Schirle v. Sokudo USA, L.L.C., et al., No. 11-10788 (5th Cir. […]

Employers Should Take a Stand on Workplace Bullying

/cdklawyers.com// 08/22/2012 Workplace bullying refers to the repeated acts of an employee intended to intimidate and humiliate a coworker or a subordinate. Examples of bullying include:• Falsely blaming the employee;• Treating the employee differently than the rest of the group;• Swearing at the employee;• Physically threatening or intimidating the employee;• Teasing the employee;• Spreading gossip and rumors about the employee;• Excluding the […]

Dallas Physician Employment Contract Attorney Discusses Call Coverage

/cdklawyers.com// 08/18/2012 Keith Clouse is a Dallas-based employment law attorney who frequently negotiates employment contracts for physicians. Mr. Clouse notes that one, often-overlooked, provision can dramatically impact a doctor’s personal life—a provision setting out the doctor’s call obligations. If a doctor’s call obligations turn out to be greater than anticipated, the doctor may end up […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on FLSA Issue Involving Settlement

/cdklawyers.com// 08/11/2012 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on an issue regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act. Martin, et al. v. Spring Break ‘83 Prods., L.L.C., et al. No. 11-30671 (5th Cir. July 24, 2012), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/11/11-30671-CV0.wpd.pdf.   A union representing workers involved in the production of a movie signed a settlement […]