Texas has a reputation for being business friendly. More often than not, the Texas Legislature refrains from passing legislation providing solutions for nonexistent problems. However, a recent bill, passed by the Texas House and submitted to the Texas Senate would prohibit Texas employers from requesting social media user names and passwords from applicants and employees, addresses a problem
Texas Legislature Opens 83rd Regular Session
Last week the Texas Legislature opened its 83rd regular session. The Texas Legislature meets every other year and only for 140 days. Here are the labor and employment related bills that have been introduced that may eventually effect Texas employers. I will supplement this post with newly filed bills during the session.
HB 372 (Deshotel) (Relating…
Sigh of Relief: Legislature Does Little Damage to Employer’s Rights
The Texas Legislature completed its regular session and is now in special session to address school financing legislation. The good news for Texas employers is that the Legislature did little damage to employer’s rights during the regular session. Bills to bring Obama-styled legislation to the Texas Labor Code such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay…
Texas Legislature Limits Employers’ Right to Prohibit Concealed Carry License Holder Employees from Carrying Firearms in their Cars on Employer Property
The Texas Legislature passed SB 321 and sent it to the Governor for approval. The bill restricts public and private employers from prohibiting employees who are concealed handgun license holders, or otherwise lawfully possessing firearms or ammunition, from transporting or storing firearms or ammunition in the employee’s privately-owned, locked car on the employer’s premises. This bill does not apply to an employer…
Texas Legislature Passes Limited “Loser Pay” Provisions for Frivilous Lawsuits
Texas is known for its business/employer-friendly legal climate. In a bill passed by the Texas Legislature, the climate just got friendlier. HB 274, sent to the Governor for signature, requires the Supreme Court of Texas to adopt rules providing for the early dismissal of causes of action that have no basis in law or fact and provide for…
Newly Enrolled Bills Effecting Texas Employers
Its getting near the end of the time to sponsor bills for consideration during this Texas legislative session. Here are the most recently enrolled bills potentially effecting Texas employers.
HB 2609 (Guillen) (relating to employment at or by certain facilities serving the elderly or persons with disabilities)
HB 2695 (Davis) (relating to acquiring Human Health…
Employment Bills Enrolled the Week of January 11, 2011
The blog has been updated with bills enrolled in the Texas Legislature the week of January 11, 2011 likely to effect Texas employers. This week’s bills include bills targeted at prohibiting workplace smoking; prohibitions against sexual orientation discrimination; payment of wages through payroll card accounts and a bill to require employers to use the federal…
82nd Legislative Session –Texas Employment Bills Enrolled
During the 82nd Texas Legislative Session (beginning today), I will track of bills affecting Texas private employers and will link to those bills here. I intend to update this post weekly to add bills enrolled the previous week and keep a compilation of all employment-related bills here. Check back weekly for updates.
Bill to Add Lilly Ledbetter Act Provisions to Texas Labor Code Enrolled
The Texas Legislature commences its 82nd Legislative Session on January 11, 2011. One of the bills recently enrolled for consideration is a bill to add Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act provisions to the Texas Labor Code. Senate Bill 280 would extend the statute of limitations for allegations of discrimination in payment of compensation (or other undefined practices) to the last date…
Texas Relaxes Requirements to Enforce Noncompetes Against Physician-Owners
In addition to containing reasonable restrictions as to time, geographic scope and scope of activity to be restrained, Texas imposes additional requirements for enforceable covenants not to compete with licensed physicians. Those additional requirements include that the covenant:
not deny the physician access to a list of his patients whom he had seen or treated