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Law Offices of Dan A. Atkerson
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Collin County Employment Lawyer Helping Clients in Allen, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson and Dallas with Severance Packages, Discrimina
Collin County Employment Lawyer Helping Clients in Allen, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson and Dallas with Severance Packages, Discrimina

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Are My Wage Increases Matching Inflation?: 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... Read More » The post Are My Wage Increases Matching Inflation? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2ruguq6 #WageandHourClaims #MinimumWage
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Can You be Fired for Grilling Your Boss on Social Media?: 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... Read More » The post Can You be Fired for Grilling Your Boss on Social Media? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2rfJD8c #WrongfulTermination #SocialMedia
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My Employment Pension is In Jeopardy: What Can I Do?: 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... Read More » The post My Employment Pension is In Jeopardy: What Can I Do? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2r9CXbL #BreachofContract #PensionFund
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Could Raising the Minimum Wage Decrease Employment?: Many states are now passing legislation to raise minimum wages. Previous minimum wages are not matching the inflating cost of living in the United States. Minimum wage increase faces heavy opposition from many politicians who argue that raising it will eliminate many low paying jobs. Recently, Arizona raised their minimum wage from $8.05 to $10, and are reporting an increase in low-skilled labor in the service industry almost 6 times greater than the rest of the economy. While Arizona and other states are in the beginning stages of minimum wage increase policies, seeing an increase in employment is a step in the right direction for employee rights and silencing opponents of the increases. In Texas, the minimum wage is $7.25, and making any less than this is illegal. How Can My Employer Commit Wage Theft? Not paying overtime: Any employer requiring you to work “off the clock,” or asking you... Read More » The post Could Raising the Minimum Wage Decrease Employment? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2qrXF6K #WageandHourClaims #livingwage
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What Do You Think of The Recent Allegations Against Fox News?: Fox news is facing a string of racial and sexual harassment claims from former and current employees. What do you think of their company culture? The post What Do You Think of The Recent Allegations Against Fox News? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2qTBUcf #WorkplaceDiscrimination

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The Latest in Fox News Discrimination Cases: Stalking Accusations: Since the CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, left last year, there have been a slew of discrimination allegations against the news channel. Roger Ailes left after being sued for sexual harassment. Earlier this year, news host Bill O’Reilly was fired after sexual harassment charges were filed on him. Now, former Fox News employee Andrea Tantaros is pressing charges against the news provider, who allegedly stalked her on social media after she was fired by the company following sexual harassment claims she made against male employees. Allegedly, employees made fake twitter accounts to stalk and harass Andrea, posting content that was designed to damage Andrea’s reputation and career and cover up the real reasons she was being fired. Many employees can find themselves in circumstances as unfortunate as these, luckily the law protects you. What Can You Do Facing Wrongful Termination? Is it legal for them to fire me? No,... Read More » The post The Latest in Fox News Discrimination Cases: Stalking Accusations appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2qibtR6 #Harassment #SexualHarassment
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Are You Asking for Enough When Negotiating Your Severance?: Fox news will allegedly give ex-employee Bill O’ Reilly up to $25 million after firing him amid multiple harassment claims. They also gave ex-CEO Roger Ailes 40 million after he left after harassment charges as well. These severance payments may seem excessive, but their employee contracts promised a full years pay. Severance packages will not apply to most employees, but if you have one in your employment contract, the employer must legally abide to the terms in it. Negotiating your severance package can seem intimidating, and it is an easy situation to leave the job with less than you should have received. Keep reading below for some severance negotiation tactics. What to Ask Yourself When Negotiating Your Severance Should I wait to sign? Waiting to sign a severance agreement is a good plan to see if you can negotiate a better plan in due time. Also, avoiding cashing checks with... Read More » The post Are You Asking for Enough When Negotiating Your Severance? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2qFx6XE #SeveranceContracts #Severance
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What is ERISA and How Does It Protect Your Employer Benefits?: ERISA is the Employee Retirement Income Security Act enacted in 1974. It places a set of rules and regulations on employer benefit plans, including retirement pensions and healthcare coverage. In recent years, we have seen many retirement pensions and other benefits disappear, leaving many hard workers confused and without enough funds to get them through life. Employers are not required to offer retirement benefits and healthcare plans, but if they do, they must adhere to these regulations. Keep reading below to learn if your employment coverage plans are up to code. What Does ERISA Do? It makes sure you understand the plan: ERISA states that an employer must have a clear, detailed documentation of the plan and how it’s funded, so that the employee knows what to expect and where that money is coming from. Check your plans for discrepancies in the documentation. It makes sure your employer is a... Read More » The post What is ERISA and How Does It Protect Your Employer Benefits? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2pPsf9S #ERISABenefits #ERISA
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What Is the “Glass Ceiling” and How Do You Know If You’re Under It?: The glass ceiling is a workplace discrimination term representing an imaginary barrier used to hold down women and minorities under it, limiting their advancement to the top of the ladder. It encompasses entrenched attitudes about what type of people should have the “top” jobs at the company, ambiguous qualifications for promotions that may have conscious or subconscious biases wrapped up in them, and a lack of networking/mentoring opportunities for women, people of color, and LGBT. Many people are trapped under this ceiling and may not even know it. Pay is still not equal amongst races and genders in this country. Keep reading below for tips on how to start blowing the whistle if you think a glass ceiling exists at your company. Document Your Case Follow your company’s policy for submitting complaints, and write a detailed report to file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s website... Read More » The post What Is the “Glass Ceiling” and How Do You Know If You’re Under It? appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2q6smLe #WorkplaceDiscrimination #GlassCeiling
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Employees of New Tech Companies May Still be Subject to Workplace Discrimination: New “startup” tech companies have become more common in recent years, and offer different incentives and policies to draw in young and progressive workers. Being a diverse, cultured workplace, with healthy food, green policies, kegs of beer, and ping-pong tables are designed to bring in a certain kind of educated, young clientele that have had enough of workplace discrimination. Although these companies are trying to abandon the image of a typical, boring workplace that has connotations of sexism and discrimination of previous generations, the fact is, discrimination and harassment still happen every day. Recently, allegations of large-scale pay discrimination towards women by tech giant Google have come out, and Tesla, a fast-growing electric car company, has received allegations of race discrimination from an employee. Don’t wait to file your claim if you have been affected, below are some tips for how to report a discrimination claim. How to Report Discrimination... Read More » The post Employees of New Tech Companies May Still be Subject to Workplace Discrimination appeared first on Atkerson Law. http://bit.ly/2pXcryM #WorkplaceDiscrimination #WorkDiscrimination
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