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Understanding New Overtime Rules — And Challenges to Them

Posted on · New rules regarding overtime pay were scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1. But a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction last month, delaying the implementation of a regulation that would extend overtime eligibility to more than four million workers. To learn more about the rules and what they might mean for employers […]

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Cabinet Appointments and the Year in Business and Energy: Wednesday’s Show (December 14, 2016)

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. The announcement comes on the heels of another appointment — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State for the Trump administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what these appointments could mean for Texas and the nation […]

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How the ‘Ban the Box’ Movement Hopes to Improve Job Prospects for Ex-Convicts

Posted on · It has long been common practice in hiring to ask prospective employees if they have been convicted of a crime. In fact, it’s a question you’ll typically find on many job applications. But some would like to see that change, to “ban the box” applicants must check if they have a criminal conviction. The hope […]

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Campus Carry and Ban the Box: Monday’s Show (August 1, 2016)

Posted on · The controversial “campus carry” law takes effect today. (August 1, 2016) Texas is now one of nine states that allow guns on college campuses. Here in the Lone Star State, if you have a concealed carry license, you can be armed while visiting most areas of four-year public college and university campuses. (The law will […]