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Is the Shot Clock Coming to Texas Appellate Courts?

Open carry.  Campus carry.  The franchise tax.  School funding.  Fracking.  Tuition for illegal aliens.  These are the topics of current news stories about the 2015 Texas Legislature.  Deadlines for appellate court rulings are conspicuously absent from the list.  Yet a bill is pending that would impose stringent deadlines on such rulings, with significant and unpredictable Read More…

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#Epic Fail: How to Avoid Social Media Disasters in the Hiring Process

No longer are social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter the domain of only the young. Most of us—children, teenagers, adults, teachers, administrators, and even Chase’s 92-year-old grandfather—use some type of social media. In fact, according to an ongoing study by the Pew Research Center (2014), 74% of adults who are online use some type Read More…

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Pregnancy Court Case Bears Watching by Employers

Guest Column: Austin Business Journal The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently issued opinion related to the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or PDA, has some direct implications for employers. The Young v. UPS opinion regarded a lawsuit filed by Ms. Young alleging that UPS wrongfully denied her accommodations similar to those it provided other employees. The decision Read More…

Mitigating Damages in the Wake of Another Franchisee’s Data Breach

For the second time in a year, Marriott’s franchisee White Lodging Services Corporation has experienced a data breach of its point-of-sale systems. As reported by KrebsOnSecurity, the breach extended over a seven-month period and exposed thousands of guests’ credit and debit card information. Notably, franchisors and franchisees can take some relatively simple steps on the front end Read More…