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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.

Noncompete Issues to Watch in 2019

As the year progresses, legal questions and cases regarding noncompete law should prove interesting. In recent years, the trend has been toward limiting noncompete agreements in favor of allowing employee mobility. This year promises challenges on both sides of the issue. Here are a few that we’re watching, as reported by Law360. Anti-Poaching Litigation The […]

Five 2018 Employment Law Cases That Impact Texas

Last year brought a number of important labor and employment cases — both national and local — that could have far-reaching effects on the workplace. A recent article from the Dallas Bar Association reviews five that will significantly affect Texas employers in 2019 and beyond. Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis In a decision we reviewed in […]

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 […]