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Texas Legislature Reforms Workplace Sexual Harassment Law, Expands Employer Liability

Following the Texas Legislature's 2021 Regular Session, Governor Abbott signed two new laws that greatly expand and reshape claims of sexual harassment under the Texas Labor Code. Senate Bill 45 and House Bill 21, which go into effect on Sept. 1, 2021, impact workplace sexual harassment claims in Texas in three key ways.

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OSHA Issues Emergency COVID-19 Standards for the Health Care Industry

OSHA's order seeks to protect health care workers, while providing paid leave under certain circumstances.

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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – Employers Must Pay COBRA Premiums from April through September and Send Notice by May 31, 2021.

In April, the Department of Labor issued guidance about the healthcare subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), which

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As Texas Opens for Businesses, Are Businesses Free To Operate As They Wish?

Effective March 10, Governor Abbott reopened Texas for business by removing any government imposed COVID operating limits for businesses or other establishments.

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The Fifth Circuit Upends the Wage and Hour Class Certification Process

Almost hidden amongst the COVID-dominated headlines of the first quarter in 2021 is one of the most consequential decisions addressing wage and hour disputes in a generation.

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COVID-19 Liability Protection Legislation for Businesses Designated as an "Emergency Item" for Passage This Year

The Texas Legislature recently introduced House Bill 3, providing broad COVID-19 liability protections to Texas businesses.

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Texas is Open for Business: Unmasking Executive Order GA-34

On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 that fully opens all businesses and facilities in Texas...

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COVID-19 FAQ: Can Employers Require a Vaccine?

After almost a year of fighting COVID-19, relief is on the horizon. The FDA has given Pfizer's and Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines approval for emergency use and formally recommended the final authorization of the vaccines.

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PPP Round 2: Changes to the Program, Expanded Coverage, and Who Is Covered

On Dec. 27, 2020, then-President Trump signed into law the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the "Economic Aid Act").

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Keeping Businesses Afloat: An Overview of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

On December 27, 2020, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021" was signed into law. This behemoth 5,593 page act allocated $1.4 trillion for omnibus...

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