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Brousseau Naftis & Massingill Supports Access to Legal Services via Dallas Bar Association Tournament, via Brousseau Naftis & Massingill. Brousseau Naftis & Massingill is pleased to continue their tradition of supporting the Dallas Bar Association’s annual golf tournament by helping players travel from the tee to the green—in other words, by sponsoring the event’s golf carts! The April 29 tournament benefits Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering, the Dallas Bar Association’s own incubator whose mission is to train lawyers to support modest-income individuals and families. The tournament is open to everyone, and all those who are interested in participating can register here.

Can Your Employer Prohibit You from Discussing Your Salary?, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. There is a common misconception among employees that you cannot discuss your pay with others. In fact, employees’ right to discuss their salary is protected by law. While employers may restrict workers from discussing their salary in front of customers or during work, they cannot prohibit employees from talking about pay on their own time. Employee advocate Jennifer Spencer has the details.

Dallas Law Firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry Promotes Warren McCarty to Principal, via Caldwell Cassady & Curry. The Dallas intellectual property and business litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry is proud to announce that firm litigator Warren McCarty has been named a firm principal. Warren earned the promotion based on his demonstrated leadership within the firm and his extensive track record for clients in intellectual property disputes, class actions, trade secret claims, and commercial litigation. Congratulations, Warren!

Super Lawyers Rising Stars Selects Camille Avant for Second Year, via Clouse Brown. Congratulations to Clouse Brown partner Camille Avant, who has been selected to the annual Super Lawyers Rising Stars list published by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row. Camille defends clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Joe Garza Talks Business at Recent Virtual Events, via Grable Martin Fulton. The DFW Business Podcast and the Legal Resource Network both welcomed Joe Garza to their virtual programming to discuss business – both locally and nationally – during the era of coronavirus. Read this post to learn more, as well as to watch the entire podcast interview.

What Does Governor Abbott’s Mask Repeal Mean for Employees?, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Governor Abbott officially repealed Texas’ statewide mask mandate March 2; as a result, the Jackson Spencer Law team has been fielding many questions about the recent changes. Employee advocate Jennifer Spencer discusses some of the most common questions facing employers and employees in this post.

The COVID-19 Vaccine: Can Employers Require It and Should They Do So?, by Grable Martin Fulton’s Heather Kramer. With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, employers are wondering how vaccination relates to their plans to return employees to the workplace. In this post, employment attorney Heather Kramer provide some guidance for employers and answer some questions about the recent availability of COVID-19 vaccines and whether they can (or should) be required.

How Does Your Employee Handbook Need to Change Post-COVID?, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Chandler Rice Winslow. When drastic changes occur that impact day-to-day protocols, it’s wise for employers to update their employee handbooks, writes business attorney Chandler Rice Winslow. Handbooks not only protect employers; they also help set clear expectations to ensure all employees are aware of their duties and responsibilities under various scenarios. Workplace changes in the time of COVID-19 have led to many questions, and handbook updates are one of the best ways your company can answer employees’ questions.

Why COVID Whistleblowers Need Extra Legal Protection, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Unfortunately, some of our current whistleblower laws are not enough to protect whistleblowers during a pandemic. As a result, the COVID-19 Whistleblower Act has been introduced in Congress. In this post, employee rights attorney Jennifer Spencer shares a brief discussion of what American workers need to know about the act.

Cotton Cytogenetics Meets Backyard Bush Beans: A Q&A with Chuck Landrum, via Grable Martin Fulton. Chuck Landrum’s road to patent law didn’t begin in a classroom or law office, but in cotton fields and greenhouses as a student of plant genetics. From there, he continued to study molecular genetics, the area that earned him his Ph.D. This in-depth knowledge of scientific processes continues to inform the work he does on behalf of his clients, who seek his counsel in patent preparation and prosecution matters.

Can Employers Require You to Get Antibody Tested for COVID-19?, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Employers and employees alike have had to comply with evolving health protocols as the world has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic. In the interest of public health and safety, many workplaces have had to implement COVID-19 screening and protocols to reduce the risk of spreading the highly contagious (and deadly) virus. But can an employer require you to take a COVID-19 antibody test? Employee rights attorney Jennifer Spencer shares what you need to know.

The Next Wave in Business Bankruptcies: Middle & Lower Market Companies, via Forshey Prostok. Bankruptcy filings by comparatively smaller companies — those citing $250 million in assets or liabilities — grew by only 3.5 percent, The Texas Lawbook reports, despite larger companies shattering bankruptcy records in 2020. Several prominent Texas bankruptcy lawyers, including Forshey Prostok name partners Jeff Prostok and Robert Forshey, told the publication that they predict those statistics will change in the near future.

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