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Are My Wage Increases Matching Inflation?

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Atkerson Law

The US minimum wage gives employees the right to earn a certain amount of money to be able to live humanely. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, 141,000 Texas workers earned less than minimum wage. Although many people don’t think that the minimum wage is livable, employers still commit wage theft every day, meaning hard workers earn even less than the minimum mandate. Current efforts in states across the country are trying to accomplish wage increases. As minimum wage laws change, it is important to keep track of paychecks to make sure employers are keeping up with the laws. Currently, Texas’ minimum wage is the federal minimum standard of $7.25 per hr., but increases in the number of jobs and the cost of living in many Texas cities is causing Texas politicians to discuss increasing it. Once your local or state government increases the wage, it…
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Can You be Fired for Grilling Your Boss on Social Media?

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Atkerson Law

Recently, a catering company called Pier Sixty in New York City terminated an employee who made an explicit complaint about his boss on Facebook. The National Labor Relations Board contested the firing on the grounds that social media posts are protected employee rights. The court agreed with this position, and decided that Facebook is a modern way for co-workers to communicate with each other and create employee unions, which is completely legal. Although the comment used explicit language and insulted his boss’s family member, the act that the employer committed to warrant that criticism was enough to get the courts favor. What Are My Rights When Forming a Union? Does my employer need to know about the union? No, they do not. You can join a completely new union your employer hasn’t heard of. Can I start a new union within my workplace? Yes, you may attempt to form a…
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My Employment Pension is In Jeopardy: What Can I Do?

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Atkerson Law

Dallas firefighters and police officers are in the midst of dealing with a crisis involving employment pensions. The pension plan is greatly underfunded. Lawmakers are working on redesigning the plan which will cut back on other benefits moving forward, but will return the money to the pension fund. Due to managing the plan negligently, now workers who have worked for the city their whole lives are worried their retirement funds will disappear. The pension fund is designed to be fully operational in 40 years. Until then, workers will have to work later in life and get fewer benefits. The police and firefighters in Dallas are facing an employee shortage because of this. Your benefit plans should be specified in your employment contract, and if an employer breaches that contract, they can be held accountable. What Kind of Contract Did You Sign? Explicit contract: These are physical documents with terms that…
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