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Can I record video and audio at my workplace in Texas? Dallas employment lawyer answers

On March 3, 1991 a Los Angeles man led California Highway Patrol and later Los Angeles police on a high speed chase that ended in the driver and his passengers trapped in a corner. The passengers surrendered and an altercation occurred between the Los Angeles police officers and the driver. The driver, Rodney King, was viciously beat with batons and kicked by the police officers until subdued and arrested. The officers were acquitted of excessive force charges by a state court which triggered the Los Angeles riots in 1992. Subsequent lawsuits brought by the Department of Justice and Rodney King followed....

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The Kielich Law Firm Podcast Ep. 6: Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer in Tarrant County, Texas

Today's post is a link to my newest podcast episode. It discusses why you need a divorce lawyer for a divorce in Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County. In a number of other posts I have discussed some options to handle a divorce on your own; along with some of the dangers involved with handling your own divorce. This podcast is focused on why a divorce lawyer like myself can not only help you avoid those dangers but provide additional benefit to your divorce. [vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column css=".vc_custom_1506956895634{padding-top: 30px !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Texas law on employer’s vacation policy: Arlington employment lawyer explains

Here in Texas our labor and employment laws generally cut in favor of employers over employees. Texas law surrounding an employer's vacation policy is no exception. Employees are often surprised by employer restrictions on vacation use and issues involving whether unused vacation must be paid out when an employee leaves. Due to differences among state laws about vacation pay, confusion exists about what law applies in Dallas-Fort Worth. Today's post will discuss Texas law on vacation policies, including whether employers must offer vacation leave, what legal restrictions exist on employers approving or denying leave, whether employers can adopt use-it-or-lose-it policies, whether employers...

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The Kielich Law Firm Podcast Episode #4: Background checks, Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders in Texas

Today's post contains episode four of my legal podcast. This episode deals with the issues of employment background checks and how expunctions and nondisclosure orders can scrub out certain criminal records from those background checks. The majority of employers conduct background checks and certain occupations and professional licenses require background checks. In today's job market employers know any job opening will bring a huge number of job applicants and any legal reason to pass on an applicant will usually result in putting an application in the trash. Not all criminal records can be sealed or destroyed. If the opportunity is...

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Transgender Employees and Restrooms in Texas: Dallas sex discrimination lawyer reviews the issues

This week the media reported on a story regarding a transgender woman and a confrontation at a Planet Fitness location. (You can read the HuffPo story or the Fox News story.) Member Yvette Cormier complained at her local Planet Fitness that a transgender individual was in the women's locker room. The company has a non-discrimination policy allowing members to use whichever locker room matches their self-identified gender. Cormier then proceeded to warn inform other women that there was a man in the locker room. Planet Fitness subsequently cancelled Cormier's membership. The transgender woman ]entered the locker room to put up her coat...

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Does my employer have to give me breaks and lunches in Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas?

Neither federal or Texas law requires employers to give employees rest or meal breaks for most employees; but there are certain exceptions under the law. There are a number of misconceptions floating around. Insisting your employer owes you a break without legal entitlement could put your job at risk. Common incorrect beliefs include the belief employees are entitled to a fifteen minute break every four hours or that an employee is entitled to a thirty minute lunch after six and a half hours of work. Some states have state wage laws that require employers to provide rest and meal breaks. Some...

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10 Issues That Will Make Your Texas Divorce More Expensive

Divorce attorneys like myself help clients with divorces and post-divorce actions like enforcement, contempt and modification primarily in the Dallas and Fort Worth / North Texas area. In such a large metropolitan area my clients range in family size, financial assets, post-divorce needs, property ownership and other issues related to their divorce. These divorces can range for very reasonable for clients, particularly with uncontested divorces, all the way to quite expensive for complex and hotly contested divorces. The cost factor for a client is always a relevant issue. Some divorces are expensive because there is a lot of work with custody,...

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Can you count on the EEOC to file a lawsuit for you in Texas? Fort Worth employment lawyer discusses

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its 2014 performance report recently with some disappointing results about how charges of discrimination (the employment discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC) resolve. Of the 88,778 private sector charges filed the EEOC "resolved" 87,442 of those charges. That does not mean a favorable result occurred for the charging party. It just means the EEOC decided whether there was probable cause to say unlawful discrimination occurred. Out of the 87,442 charges resolved, the EEOC mediated 10,221 charges and resolved 7,846 by mediation. However, just 133 charges resulted in litigation filed by the EEOC with 105 of those...

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What is a judgment nunc pro tunc in a Fort Worth, Texas divorce?

The purpose of a judgment nunc pro tunc is to correct a clerical error in the judgment after the court's plenary power expired. A motion for judgment nunc pro tunc asks the court to correct the order so the order matches the judgment. It does not allow a party to ask the court to change the judgment rendered or to add relief. For example, if a court granted child support in a Texas divorce suit for $400 per month but the order states $350 then the party receiving child support would want the court to sign an order that states the right...

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Do I need a divorce for my common law marriage in Texas?

Yes, Texas requires a divorce to dissolve a common law marriage; but the question is not as simple as you might think. Texas recognizes a common law marriage or an informal marriage as equal to a formal marriage. It requires a divorce (or annulment or death) to dissolve the marriage. The Texas Family Code has a statutory definition of a common law marriage as an "informal marriage". This makes it equal in force to a formal marriage created by a marriage license and marriage ceremony. As a result, you will need the help of a Fort Worth divorce lawyer to...

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