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February 2018 Archives

No, FMLA does not include the death of a pet--for now

Sometimes, it is necessary for an employee to take time off to care for a relative who is ill or to mourn a deceased family member. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), workers can take unpaid time off to care for their family without fear of being fired. But what if an employee considers their pet--perhaps a dog or cat--to be a family member? In this case, is an employee allowed to use FMLA to care for their furry friend?

The basics of restrictive covenants in employment contracts, pt 2

Restrictive covenants are often a necessary component of employment contracts. They can prevent former employees from poaching their colleagues, ensure company secrets remain private and restrict a departing employee's ability to compete with your company. 

State employees terminated after allegedly reporting violations of law

Two former high-profile employees with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) are filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against the commission. The lawsuit claims that the employees faced retaliation and were wrongfully dismissed after reporting alleged legal violations that they discovered.

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