The New Bermuda Triangle

Larry Stuart and Tonja King gave a presentation entitled “The New Bermuda Triangle: ADA/FMLA/GINA” at HR Houston’s 2011 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resource Issues. Larry and Tonja gave an update on recent development relating to management of employees needing time off and/or accommodations for medical issues and provided practical information on how to manage employees with medical issues to reduce risk of claims. Click here for Presentation Slides.

Victory in Dugas et al. v. Oceaneering Int’l, Inc. et al.

Larry Stuart and Cheri Thomas secured summary dismissal and final judgment in favor of the firm’s client in a Title VII case in which the plaintiffs – a former employee and an employee of a contractor – claimed they were subjected to racial harassment by the crew of a chartered vessel while working in the Gulf of Mexico. Dugas et al. v. Oceaneering Int’l, Inc. et al., No. H-09-1725, District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Misclassification of Workers and Unpaid Overtime – the Next Litigation Gusher

Larry Stuart and Glen Rigby’s article entitled “Misclassification of Workers and Unpaid Overtime – the Next Litigation Gusher” was published in the November/December issue of Well Servicing magazine. The article details many ways energy services companies may violate the Fair Labor Standards Act through their unique pay and compensation practices and provides guidance on how to identify and correct deficient pay practices. Click here for a copy of the article.

The Impact of E-Discovery for Businesses

The ease with which companies create and store data has caused the focus in many employment and commercial disputes to be on electronic discovery.  Courts and litigants continue to grapple with how best to manage the cost of gathering, reviewing and producing data relevant to pending claims.  The availability of electronic data and the ease with which it can be misappropriated has led to an increase in trade secret theft litigation and the use of non-compete agreements to protect company interests. On December 8, 2009, Larry Stuart and the Honorable Lee Rosenthal, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, co-presented “The Future of Litigation and the Impact of e-Discovery on Your Business” for Jones Partners at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.  Click here for a copy of the presentation.

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