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Amy E. Davis “The Velvet Hammer” is a trial lawyer for businesses and professionals in Dallas, TX. She is always ready to try a case, but is also adept at helping her clients stay out of lawsuits. Check out Amy’s articles on business and professional lawsuits and cases.

In an Emergency, Can Your Employees Reach 911?

Many employers have multi-line phone systems at the workplace. Most employers have emergency action plans and evacuation procedures. The connection between those matters may not be readily apparent, but if employees cannot directly dial 911 from company lines, emergency procedures are incomplete. Complicating the issue is the fact that many offices have different floors, different […]

When driving and talking on a cell phone don’t mix, what is your liability?

We all do business through mobile phones — how did we ever live without them? But using cell phones inappropriately can present a big problem for employers. Many companies have policies on using cell phones while driving, including requirements to use the car’s hands-free feature and abide by applicable laws. But is the employer liable […]

NLRB Taking a New Look at Employee Use of Work Email

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) again is reflecting changes resulting from Trump administration influence, this time regarding employees’ rights to use employer email for protected concerted activities like soliciting support for a labor union, organizing a strike, or complaining about management. Earlier this month, the Board invited briefs on whether it should uphold, modify, or […]

Justice Kennedy’s Impact on Employment Law

With the U.S. Supreme Court term winding down its term, the biggest news is the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, effective July 31. Kennedy made a significant impact on the court, frequently casting socially progressive votes despite his generally conservative views. His decisions in gay rights cases serve as examples of Kennedy’s even-handedness in employment […]

Employers Win in Supreme Court Mandatory Arbitration Decision

As we noted in a previous post, the Supreme Court has been considering three cases that challenged mandatory arbitration in employment contracts. At odds were the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), which provides that an agreement to arbitrate a dispute is enforceable and irrevocable, and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which states that employees have […]

Mandatory arbitration for discrimination claims: Is the agreement itself discriminatory?

Mandatory arbitration agreements, which require employees to take discrimination claims to arbitration rather than court, are common in employment contracts, especially in larger employers. Many of those contracts go a step further, including class-action waivers that prevent employees from taking collective legal action. Now a survey from the Economic Policy Institute reveals that employees in […]