Labor & Employment

OVERVIEW

Risk prevention is of paramount importance for employers. Every associated service we provide in the labor and employment space revolves around this philosophy. We strive to develop training programs to educate clients and their employees around employment-related risk. But as many clients come to us in a place somewhere beyond the pure “prevention” stage, we are also well versed in handling everything from drafting employment agreements and assisting with investigations to helping employers better understand employee designations and litigating breach of noncompetition agreements.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION WAGE, UNEMPLOYMENT MATTERS & EMPLOYMENT-RELATED INVESTIGATIONS

Our deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities placed on employers under the Texas Payday Law allows us to help clients successfully prevent and defend against employee wage claims. We also understand the wide range of employment issues clients face in general and assist with internal investigations to address everything from alleged discrimination to employee misconduct.

EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES & LITIGATION

Clients who involve Strasburger at an early stage of a dispute position themselves to get all the facts, to make reasoned assessments, and to affect any necessary remedial measures before claims ripen into lawsuits. We consider creative solutions to disputes long before climbing the courthouse steps. Pre-suit mediation is just one low cost, non-binding approach to crafting “win-win scenarios” to resolve a dispute. When litigation become inevitable, Strasburger labor and employment have a track record that gives its clients confidence and credibility.

LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS

Labor unions are redoubling efforts to unionize Texas companies. Strasburger exclusively represents management in labor-employment relations. Our lawyers assist management in union avoidance strategies, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, employee grievances, and charges of unfair labor practices.

EXPERIENCE

Representative matters handled by Strasburger’s labor and employment attorneys include the following:

  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of international telecommunications company arising from sexual harassment claim.
  • Defense judgment on behalf of a national hospital company in jury trial involving claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • Defense judgment on the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate in an age discrimination case brought by a terminated warehouse supervisor.
  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of a community college district arising from sexual harassment and national origin claims brought by two former employees of the campus security department.
  • Defense judgment in “bet the company” test case brought by the Department of Labor contesting independent contractor status of couriers.
  • Summary judgment for a health care company employer in case alleging retaliation for filing worker’s compensation claim.
  • Dismissal of class action involving approximately 60,000 employees of a national hospital company.
  • Summary judgment in a three plaintiff race discrimination case brought by a former center director for a national childcare company.
  • Summary judgment in a sexual harassment case brought by the E.E.O.C. on behalf of several employees against their supervising doctor and employer.

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Texas Judge Enjoins New FLSA Rules

Written by Monica Velazquez on November 22, 2016

To enjoin or not to enjoin – that certainly was the pivotal question answered today with respect to the legal fight over the FLSA Final Overtime Rule issued in May 2016. As we recently reported, in mid-September 2016, twenty-one states led by Texas and Nevada filed suit against the Department of Labor and Labor Secretary Read More…


Now Available! New Form I-9

Written by Sujata Ajmera on November 16, 2016

On November 14, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The current form remains valid until January 21, 2017, but on January 22, 2017, all employers must begin using the new version in order to remain compliant with the I-9 regulations. Under these regulations, Read More…


Pass the Jelly. The new FLSA Rules may be Toast!

Written by Monica Velazquez on September 20, 2016

For more than a year, we have been warning employers that FLSA changes to the overtime exemption rules were coming. In May, we received news of the final implementation date of December 1, 2016. The changes to the exemption rules were significant and many efforts to derail or challenge their implementation failed, until, perhaps, now. Read More…


This Just In: Some Workers May No Longer Be Exempt

Written by Kimberly Moore on May 18, 2016

After almost a year of discussion, and more than 270,000 comments, the Department of Labor just issued new salary thresholds for exempt and highly compensated employees. The current salary threshold ($23,660) was last set in 2004. Finding that amount was not within the 40th percentile of salaried workers, the Department will require exempt employees to Read More…


“Don’t Worry Be Happy” is Against the Law

Written by Jana H. Woelfel on May 11, 2016

Bobby McFerrin better steer clear of T-Mobile. Despite its earworm catchiness, T-Mobile’s adoption of the credo from his hit song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” recently landed the company in hot water. Employee Handbooks are a good thing. They put all your policies in one place and permit your employees to know what you, as an Read More…


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HONORS

Risk prevention is of paramount importance for employers. Every associated service we provide in the labor and employment space revolves around this philosophy. We strive to develop training programs to educate clients and their employees around employment-related risk. But as many clients come to us in a place somewhere beyond the pure “prevention” stage, we are also well versed in handling everything from drafting employment agreements and assisting with investigations to helping employers better understand employee designations and litigating breach of noncompetition agreements.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION WAGE, UNEMPLOYMENT MATTERS & EMPLOYMENT-RELATED INVESTIGATIONS

Our deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities placed on employers under the Texas Payday Law allows us to help clients successfully prevent and defend against employee wage claims. We also understand the wide range of employment issues clients face in general and assist with internal investigations to address everything from alleged discrimination to employee misconduct.

EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES & LITIGATION

Clients who involve Strasburger at an early stage of a dispute position themselves to get all the facts, to make reasoned assessments, and to affect any necessary remedial measures before claims ripen into lawsuits. We consider creative solutions to disputes long before climbing the courthouse steps. Pre-suit mediation is just one low cost, non-binding approach to crafting “win-win scenarios” to resolve a dispute. When litigation become inevitable, Strasburger labor and employment have a track record that gives its clients confidence and credibility.

LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS

Labor unions are redoubling efforts to unionize Texas companies. Strasburger exclusively represents management in labor-employment relations. Our lawyers assist management in union avoidance strategies, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, employee grievances, and charges of unfair labor practices.

EXPERIENCE

Representative matters handled by Strasburger’s labor and employment attorneys include the following:

  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of international telecommunications company arising from sexual harassment claim.
  • Defense judgment on behalf of a national hospital company in jury trial involving claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • Defense judgment on the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate in an age discrimination case brought by a terminated warehouse supervisor.
  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of a community college district arising from sexual harassment and national origin claims brought by two former employees of the campus security department.
  • Defense judgment in “bet the company” test case brought by the Department of Labor contesting independent contractor status of couriers.
  • Summary judgment for a health care company employer in case alleging retaliation for filing worker’s compensation claim.
  • Dismissal of class action involving approximately 60,000 employees of a national hospital company.
  • Summary judgment in a three plaintiff race discrimination case brought by a former center director for a national childcare company.
  • Summary judgment in a sexual harassment case brought by the E.E.O.C. on behalf of several employees against their supervising doctor and employer.
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