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Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension Funding Crisis Explained by Dallas Employment Attorney Adam Kielich–Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed an extremely basic foundation of pension funding. Specifically, why pension plans are not fully funded and why they run into problems with their investments. Let's take those basics and apply them to the funding problems of the Dallas Police and Firefighters pension. The foundation of the Dallas pension funding crisis To really understand the problem with the Dallas pension you have to understand the function of the pension. Most people consider pensions as an employment benefit gratuitously offered by the employer because the employer cares about the employee's well-being. As an employment lawyer I know the existence...

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Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension Funding Crisis Explained by Dallas Employment Attorney Adam Kielich–Part 1

Dallas residents may have discovered over the past several months a financial crisis in their city related to the Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension. Few people really understand pension funding and how pension funding created this billion dollar shortfall for the city. The local news media in Dallas-Fort Worth has done a fairly good job of discussing current activities to try to resolve the financial crisis; but they have generally done a poor job explaining how pension funding caused this crisis. As a Dallas employment attorney with experience working with large pension plans I can delve into the mysterious web...

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Uncontested divorce Fort Worth with Bedford divorce attorney

Uncontested divorce in Fort Worth is a common way to resolve a Tarrant County divorce. For a long time residents in Fort Worth, Arlington, Bedford, Hurst, North Richland Hills and other Tarrant County cities could count on a quick and easy uncontested divorce in the Fort Worth family law courts. Many people opt not to hire a divorce attorney in Fort Worth for an uncontested divorce. Admittedly not every uncontested divorce in Fort Worth needs a divorce attorney. Starting late 2016 things have changed in Fort Worth. As uncontested divorces pile up on the Tarrant County family courts the greater the...

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Supreme Court of Texas Smacks Down Tarrant County District Clerk on Indigent Fees

After six months of contemplation, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its opinion in Campbell et al v. Wilder in which it helped out our local District Clerk understand that zero equals zero. The Supreme Court of Texas instructed the Tarrant County District Clerk in Fort Worth to stop its policy of abusing poor people in the county by manufacturing unconstitutional interpretations of court orders to charge filing fees after the court declared the fees waived. Let's talk more about this policy and how the Supreme Court of Texas made the right decision to order the Tarrant County District Clerk...

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Does Texas have an employee protected medical leave law like FMLA?

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law protecting the right to medical leave for employees and family members. Some states enacted their own state leave laws that create state level protections. These state laws duplicate FMLA protections or even provide protections greater than FMLA. Texas lacks a state law for protected medical leave from your job in Dallas or Fort Worth Texas does not have a state law for protected medical leave like FMLA. This is unsurprising, given that Texas is an extremely employer-friendly state. In Texas employees enjoy protected medical leave under FMLA but no state law creates a state-level...

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What’s all this Texas efiling stuff about, anyway?

My post discussing how to convert Word documents into text recognition PDFs for Texas court efilings must have touched a nerve because since the post went up I have received several emails about it. Most were kind signs of gratitude but all of them came with some complaint about the Texas courts efiling system. Like those who reached out to me, I also have a long list of complaints about the Texas efiling system. I remain hopeful that the efiling system will continue to improve. Hopefully, in the long run efiling system will make interactions with Texas courts, as both...

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Podcast Ep. 3: Social Media and Litigation

Episode three of The Kielich Law Firm Podcast is up on YouTube. This episode covers the subject of social media and litigation. Social media is pervasive in our society. People dump an enormous amount of information into their social media accounts. This information is hard to take back. It can be a tremendous weapon in litigation, whether it is a divorce, an employment suit, a personal injury suit, or other employment claims brought in litigation in a Texas court. This podcast episode will highlight some of the ways social media is used in litigation. Looking for a Fort Worth, Bedford,...

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5 FMLA Myths You Might Believe

As an employment attorney I deal with my fair share of FMLA cases for clients. (Probably more than my fair share in Dallas and Fort Worth.) Among those FMLA claims I see employers violate FMLA often because the employer was ignorant of FMLA regulations or had serious misconceptions about FMLA. I also get plenty of calls from employees who believe their employer violated FMLA but the employee misunderstood his or her rights under FMLA. Today's post is a helping of debunking so people can better understand their FMLA rights. 1. My employer has to approve FMLA leave when I ask for it. Remember...

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Hilarious/Awesome lawyer’s ad from the Super Bowl

Ok, it's the day after the Super Bowl and we're all disappointed by the blow out (minus Seahawk fans) and the span of advertisements. I mean really, were these not the most disappointing ads? Does anybody understand why at the end of the Doritos commercial with the dog and the kids why the mom is cheering that the dog is eating her chips and the kids are tying each other up? That would not have made my mom cheer. Funny attorney ad Well, if you were in Savannah, Georgia your Super Bowl commercial experience was very different. Attorney Casino bought out the...

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Snowy Conditions but the Law Must Go on

I don't have to tell you how cold and wintery it is outside. Where I live in Keller, there's about three inches of snow/ice/sleet/whatever on the ground. I assume it's about the same in Bedford at the office. Today's post is a brief note to clients and people looking for a lawyer for a wrongful termination claim in Fort Worth or Dallas that I am working from home today. I am available by email or the contact form on this website. I can check voicemails on my office number but I do not have the ability to answer calls on it. If...

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