Updates: Presentations & Events

Social Media and the Employer – The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Employees’ increasing use of social media presents employers with difficult choices and shifting responsibilities and legal obligations. On October 12, 2018, Hollie Reiminger and Larry Stuart educated members of the Houston Bar Association about the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to investigate employees/candidates and responding to employee complaints about employees’ use of social media. The session also provided guidance about when to discipline employees for statements made on social media platforms and using social media posts as evidence in employment litigation.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Cutting Edge Issues and Other Interesting Developments in Employment Law

Glen Rigby gave a presentation entitled “Cutting Edge Issues and Other Interesting Developments in Employment Law” as part of the Houston Bar Association’s seminar series.  The presentation addressed developing areas of employment law, such as employee surveillance and monitoring, policing social media, firearms in the workplace, gender discrimination, and workplace bullying.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Litigation of OSHA Death Cases and Retaliation Claims

As energy companies ramp up to meet production and staffing needs, the use of workers who are new to the industry and related safety concerns are on the rise, as is the frequency of workplace injuries and deaths.  Cases that routinely would have been efficiently resolved in the past are now referred by OSHA to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution, raising the specter of more significant enforcement actions than in the past.  Employers must also take care not to retaliate against employees who raise safety concerns.  Larry Stuart gave a presentation about these issues at a conference sponsored by EUCI in January 2014.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Overtime Litigation On the Rise

Larry Stuart gave a presentation entitled “What’s New Pussycat?  The Perfect Storm of Overtime Litigation” at the 2013 Texas Total Rewards Conference, where he presented the results of Stuart PC’s study of overtime cases filed in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, during 2013. The presentation addressed national and local trends and provided guidance regarding steps companies should consider to reduce the risk of claims and unpaid wage liability.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Auditing Compensation Practices (June 2013)

With overtime collective actions and agency investigations of pay practices on the rise, employers should seriously consider auditing their compensation practices to ensure compliance with applicable legal standards and minimize risk.  Larry Stuart spoke at the 2013 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, about compensation audit best practices and in September 2013 for a webinar sponsored by Thompson Media.  Click here for a copy of the SHRM conference presentation.

Managing Employees Who Have Medical Issues (May 2013)

With an older working population and more Americans being diagnosed and treated for medical and psychological issues, employers have their hands full navigating the requirements of the ADA, FMLA, workers’ comp, and unique state law rules and requirements.  Larry Stuart gave a presentation at the HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resources Issues entitled “Out Sick, or Sick of Work?  Managing Employees With Medical Issues” during which he educated HR professionals about recent legal developments and best practices relating to the handling of employees with medical limitations that impact work.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Employment Law Boot Camp

Larry Stuart conducted an “Employment Law Boot Camp” for managers attending the Association of Energy Services Companies (AESC) annual safety conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  The workshop provided practical insight for managers about legal standards applicable to employers in the energy sector and best practices to reduce legal risk.  Contact Larry for presentation materials.

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