Category Archives: Consulting

Planning for 2018: What to Continue Doing, Start Doing, and Stop Doing

Posted on January 4, 2018 in Consulting

As we enter the new year, I expect many of you  plan to set new goals and resolutions. I know that I do. In fact, with the help of an executive coach that I have worked with for several years, … Continue reading

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Holiday Party Rules

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Consulting

This week, WKPZ held its annual firm luncheon.  Our holiday celebration is a very nice and — I must confess — extraordinarily tame event.   But others would say that tame translates to “lame” as there is one obvious thing missing … Continue reading

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Employer Assistance for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Posted on September 4, 2017 in Consulting

By Frank Sommerville, John Reyna, and Mark Levine     Everyone in our community is reaching out to friends, neighbors, and even strangers, to assist in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  There is something for employers to contribute as well.  … Continue reading

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DOL Game Changer

Posted on July 31, 2017 in Consulting

The stability and predictability of 78 years of wage and hour law has been in flux over the past year, and things got really interesting just last week. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Department of Labor issued a Request … Continue reading

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Vacation Policies 101

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Consulting

  I love my work, but vacations even more.  I soon leave for summer vacation — a trip looking at colleges and then an escape with the wife sans children.  Before I take my much needed break, I decided to … Continue reading

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Picking Bad Fights

Posted on April 26, 2017 in Consulting

Employers often spur challenging litigation or government investigations by picking a fight with a former employee over an unworthy issue.   The fight might involve an employee taking something that does not belong to them and typically not of any real … Continue reading

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Posted on January 5, 2017 in Consulting

Uncertainty surrounds the wide ranging changes President-elect Trump has promised that are certain to impact employers.   Time will tell which campaign pledges come to fruition that impact the workplace. Whatever those changes may be will not, however, have a dramatic … Continue reading

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Confronting Political Conversation in the Workplace

Posted on October 13, 2016 in Consulting

I could not escape talking some politics after the recent revelation from Access Hollywood of the Trump video.  This election, perhaps like none in recent times, has brought vibrant and divergent issues to the water cooler.  The good news is … Continue reading

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Punishing Employee Theft

Posted on September 27, 2016 in Consulting

I learned valuable lessons through personal experience in dealing with employee theft.  The story involved my father and the men’s clothing store he owned in a small South Texas town. (I can share the story without concern of the attorney-client … Continue reading

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Quality Documentation

Posted on March 2, 2016 in Consulting, Employment Litigation

There is an old adage in HR: document, document, document.   A better motto is good documentation beats a bad claim.  Only well written documentation matters when an employer is trying to win an unemployment claim, fight off a claim by … Continue reading

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