News and Updates
For employers operating in the State of New Mexico:
Governor Susana Martinez recently approved a law requiring employers to post a notice containing information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. The law, H.B. 181, will become effective July 1, 2014. A full copy of the law can be found at the following link: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14 [read more]
Employment Law News Flash…
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently joined forces to co-publish two technical assistance articles for employers and employees related to employment background checks. This is the first time the agencies have partnered to provide compliance assistance regarding the respective laws enforced by both agencies r [read more]
Diana M. Valdez will be a speaker at the Texas LULAC District IV Annual Convention to be held on April 26, 2014 on the topic of Legal and Ethical Considerations for Non-Profits
Diana M. Valdez was recently selected as a Texas Rising Star by the Texas Super Lawyers and publishers of Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines. Rising Stars are nominated by the Texas Super Lawyers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers (40 years old or younger and in practice 10 years or less) in Texas. Only 2.5% of Texas attorneys are selected as Texas Rising Stars each year.
Employment Law News Flash…
On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and responsibilities regarding religious dress and grooming in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The publications, which offer practical guidance and advice on applicable law, can be found at the links below:
Monthly in-house education for HR professionals and business owners will be offered beginning Friday, April 4, 2014. The training sessions will last from one to one and a half hours each, depending on the topic, at a cost of $35.00 per person. Space is limited, so if you are interested in a particular topic, please reserve your seat as soon as possible.
Courses will typically be offered on the first Friday of the mon [read more]
President Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the United States Department of Labor to "update and modernize" overtime regulations. While the memorandum offered little detail regarding the specific provisions to be revised, the "white collar" exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), including the professional, executive and administrative exemptions, were specifically referred to as "outdated" by the President. It is expected that the salary threshold, whic [read more]
Employment Law Newsflash…
President Obama is expected to issue an executive order today (Mar. 12th, 2014) expanding the number of people who will be eligible to qualify for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") as follows:
The order is expected to expand eligibility for overtime pay to certain positions, including fast food managers, certain office workers, loan officers, computer technicians, convenience stor [read more]
The United States Department of the Treasury issued its long anticipated final regulations regarding the employer shared responsibility provisions ("Employer Mandate") under the Affordable Care Act: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-03082.pdf.
Under the final regulations, please be advised that mid-sized companie [read more]
January 28th, 2014
President Obama plans to sign an executive order requiring that certain federal contract workers be paid at least $10.10 an hour for work on future contracts. It is expected that the executive order will cover workers who perform services, including janitors and construction workers that currently earn less than $10.10 per hour.
The order, which President Obama will highlight in his annual State of the Union address, is meant to underscore an increased [read more]