Labor & Employment


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May 2018

The Texas Supreme Court Rejects Teacher’s Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claims

By Andrew Velazquez, Attorney The Texas Supreme Court Rejects Teacher’s Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claims The Texas Supreme Court found that the employee could not sue her employer for her sexual harassment because she failed to present sufficient evidence that the alleged discrimination by same-sex employees was “because of” her gender. The Court further held that all the McDonald Douglass elements in a retaliation claim against...

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06

Oct 2017

Two Important Legal Tide Changes This Week

By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment TWO IMPORTANT LEGAL TIDE CHANGES THIS WEEK This week, the Trump Administration announced two big changes in its interpretation of the law, as compared to prior interpretations by the Obama Administration. TITLE VII Does Not Extend To Transgender On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Title VII, the federal law...

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05

Oct 2017

ScottHulse and EPSHRM present Fall Employment Law Update

EL PASO, TX – More than a hundred attendees participated in the Fall Employment Law Update, presented by ScottHulse Law Firm in partnership with the El Paso Society for Human Resource Management (EPSHRM). Labor & Employment attorneys from ScottHulse PC, a full service commercial firm based in El Paso, San Antonio and Las Cruces, presented topics specific to Human Resource professionals for the half-day event.Topics...

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19

Jul 2017

New Version of USCIS Form I-9 is Now Available. Deadline for Implementation of the New Form I-9 is September 18, 2017

On Monday, July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (“USCIS”) released another revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The latest version of the Form I-9 contains minor changes to the Instructions section and the List of Acceptable Documents.  Specifically, the Instructions section contains the following revisions: In addition to the revisions to the Instructions section, the List of...

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22

Nov 2016

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Overtime Pay Rule Set to Go into Effect December 1, 2016

By M. Blake Downey, Associate Attorney U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s hotly contested Final Overtime Rule which was set to go into effect December 1, 2016. The rule changes would have, among other things, doubled the mandatory threshold for exempt salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. This...

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15

Nov 2016

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9. Compliance Deadline is January 22, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (“USCIS”) has published its long-awaited revised version of the Form I-9. Beginning on January 22, 2017, employers will be required to use only the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 11/14/2016 N). Until then, employers may continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013 N) or the new version of the Form...

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01

Sep 2016

ScottHulse Attorneys to Present Employment Law Seminar for Members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management

Attorneys from the ScottHulse law firm’s labor and employment practice group will present an employment law seminar for members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), September 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The El Paso Club located in the Chase Tower in downtown El Paso. More than 100 SHRM members are expected to attend. Presentations will include “Onboarding and...

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01

Aug 2016

Effective Today, the Cost of U.S. Department of Labor Fines and Penalties Is Increasing Significantly

By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment Effective today, August 1, pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act that was passed by Congress in November, 2015, and with a pair of Final Rules that were finalized on July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing substantial, double-digit price increases for fines and penalties to keep up with inflation. These are the...

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27

Jun 2016

A Checklist to Help Employers Prepare for New FLSA Overtime Regulations

By now you have almost certainly heard about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Regulations, considered by many to be the most difficult regulatory and compliance challenge faced by employers since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA,” aka “Obamacare”). The salary level for exempt employees increased and will go into effect December 1, 2016.So, now what? Do you panic and cut staffing, anticipating an...

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15

Jun 2016

ScottHulse Law Firm to Present June 24th Seminar Focused on New U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule

ScottHulse Law Firm’s labor and employment practice group will present a seminar focusing on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Final Overtime Rule, Friday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the El Paso Club in downtown El Paso. The two-hour seminar for business owners, executives and managers, human resource professionals, in-house legal counsel, and accounting firms, is designed to educate employers and advisers regarding...

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