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Dallas Mediator: Preparing for Mediation

October 19, 2014
Keith Clouse is a Dallas-based employment lawyer who serves as a mediator for parties involved in employment-related disputes. Here, he discusses some considerations an employer should address prior to mediation to ensure a successful mediation experience.1. Identify the particular subjects of dispute and those that can be agreed upon. Be prepared to acknowledge the facts and issues on which th...

Responding to the Ebola Health Crisis

October 14, 2014
North Texans reacted with shock and fear after learning that the first Ebola victim in the United States received treatment at a Dallas-area hospital. Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law attorney, offers these suggestions to employers who are concerned about a potential health crisis.First of all, try not to panic. Multiple entities are working to prevent the virus’s spread, and experts have ...

Same Actor Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases

October 12, 2014
An employer litigating a discrimination lawsuit has several possible lines of defense. One is the “same actor” defense. An employer can defend a disparate treatment lawsuit arising under antidiscrimination laws by invoking this doctrine. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse explains.Under the same actor doctrine, an inference of nondiscrimination is invoked when the person who terminated the p...

Dallas Employment Contract Lawyer: Automatic Contract Renewals

October 06, 2014
Keith Clouse, a Dallas, Texas employment lawyer who advises executives on employment agreement matters, discusses automatic renewal clauses.Most employment agreements are in effect for a set term, usually two to three years. Some contracts terminate at the conclusion of the term. Others automatically renew via “evergreen clauses.” While an evergreen clause could be structured so that a contract...

How Long Should the Term of an Employment Agreement Be?

October 05, 2014
Keith Clouse, a Dallas, Texas employment lawyer who frequently advises executives on employment agreement matters, notes that most employment agreements contain temporal terms. A temporal term defines the length of the employment relationship. If a party terminates the employment relationship before the term’s expiration, penalties are usually imposed.Usually, an executive seeks a term long eno...

Conducting an Exit Interview with an Employee Subject to Noncompete

September 28, 2014
Keith Clouse, a Dallas, Texas employment lawyer who frequently advises employers about noncompete agreements, believes that an employer should consider conducting an exit interview with a departing employee who is subject to a noncompete agreement. Conducting an exit interview accomplishes two purposes. First, the employer can review the noncompete agreement with the employee and remind him of ...

Avoid These Termination Mistakes

September 28, 2014
Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment lawyer who frequently counsels employers on legal issues, knows that employers sometimes make missteps when deciding to terminate employees. Here, he examines two common mistaken beliefs about the termination process. 1. A belief that any reason for termination is sufficient. While it’s true that Texas is an employment-at-will state and that an employee can be ...

Adverse Employment Action Explained

September 23, 2014
In employment discrimination cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a plaintiff must prove that he was subject to an “adverse employment action”—an employment action that affected the terms and conditions of his employment.Adverse employment actions usually consist of ultimate employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, demoting, and compensating. A transfer or reassig...

Fifth Circuit Rules Discrimination Suit Cannot Be Dismissed

September 22, 2014
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a racial discrimination lawsuit could not be dismissed. Thompson v. City of Waco, No. 13-50718 (5th Cir. Sept. 3, 2014), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cpub%5C13/13-50718-CV0.pdf.The plaintiff, an African American police detective, alleged that his employer discriminated against him by placing restrictions on his work th...

“Choice of Law” Clause Explained by Texas Employment Contract Lawyer

September 14, 2014
Many employment agreements and incentive programs contain “choice of law” provisions. A choice of law provision identifies the state’s law that will apply to any dispute arising from the contract or incentive program. In Texas, the law of the state chosen by the parties to govern their contractual rights will be applied unless either: (a) the chosen state has no substantial relationship to the ...