Month: April 2014

Retirement account divided in a Texas divorce without a QDRO

Retirement accounts like pensions, 401ks, ESOPs and other employer-sponsored retirement plans are often divided in a divorce. The property award goes into the divorce decree or incorporates into the decree through a settlement agreement. That is not the end of the process to divide those retirement accounts in a Texas divorce. A separate order orders the …

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Alcoholism and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Let’s consider two workplace scenarios: Employee is an alcoholic and comes to work drunk. Employer fires employee. Legal? Employee is an alcoholic and seeks time off from work to enter a rehab program. Employer fires employee. Legal? The answers under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Texas Labor Code (which includes similar anti-disability discrimination …

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Dismissal Notice and Notice of Right to File a Civil Action: Fort Worth employment lawyers

If you filed a charge of discrimination with the Texas Workforce Commission related to employment discrimination then at some point you are likely to receive a Dismissal Notice and Notice of Right to File a Civil Action. Often the reason selected in the notice will be: “The TWCCRD issues the following determination: Based upon its …

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A peek into employment background checks from the employer’s perspective: Dallas employment lawyers

I’ve written in the past about employee background checks and the laws that pertain to them here in Texas, particularly with regard to criminal background checks. Employment background checks in Fort Worth and Dallas are a big issue because right now it’s an employer’s labor market and even the slightest issue in a background check can …

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Tort Reform Garbage: “Judicial Hellholes”–Texas employment lawyer discusses

As a plaintiff’s lawyer I hear a lot of the support “tort reform” nonsense that goes around. Tort reform sounds nice. It sounds like an honest effort to eliminate abuse of the legal system. Who can’t get on board with that? I’d like to rid abuse of the legal system. The problem is tort reform …

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