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LGBTQ Rights in Texas – The Day After The Supreme Court’s Opinion

The Supreme Court changed the law in Texas forever when it held in Bostock that LGBTQ discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was an unexpected but joyous milestone. So, what does this mean moving forward? Texas Employers Cannot Fire you For Being Gay To start with the obvious: Texas […]

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Major, Historic Victory for LGBT Workers in Texas

Today is a watershed day for rights for the LGBTQ community in Texas and across the United States. The Supreme Court just ruled for the first time today that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the major federal civil rights law, protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees everywhere in this […]

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Coronavirus Layoffs Slam Austin, Texas

Coronavirus layoffs are affecting thousands of Austin, Texas and central Texas workers right now. In an unprecedented turn of events, the COVID-19 virus and resulting lockdowns, shelter-in-place orders, social distancing have resulting in the decimation of retail, hospitality, and travel jobs. The unrelated but concurrent oil market crash is putting further strain on jobs across […]

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KISS: A Texas Employee Response to Layoffs, Unemployment, Severance

Texas layoffs, unemployment, and severance are happening now. So is federal legislation in response to COVID-19. Texas employees: there is too much information coming at you right now. So, we summarized it. Just remember, to KISS (please, share with anyone who might need this): Note: The links in the chart below are accessible at the […]

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Furloughed Workers in the time of COVID-19

What is a furlough? In the wake of business shutdowns and industry disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are attempting to deal with reduced revenue by reducing expenses. For some employers, this may mean laying off many or all of their employees. But some employers may choose to furlough their employees instead. A furlough […]

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Austin Severance and Unemployment Update

Here is an Austin severance and unemployment update with critical things you need to know. This is a rapidly changing situation. This information is up-to-date as of March 23, 2020. I was laid-off. Should I apply for unemployment? Yes, as soon as possible. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has waived the usual waiting week and […]

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COVID-19 and Texas Employees: Layoffs, Severances, Commissions, Paid Leave, and Unemployment

Here is what Texas workers need to know as of March 19, 2020 about Coronavirus affecting Texas layoffs, severances, commissions, paid leave, and unemployment. LAYOFFS Layoffs are coming. Some are already here. It is too early to tell how many to expect, but the State of Texas has issued a disaster declaration. Texas companies have […]

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Kaplan Law Firm Operations During COVID-19

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is affecting all of our daily lives significantly, but we want to assure Kaplan Law Firm clients, potential clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, friends and family that we are taking precautions to safeguard everyone’s health while maintaining uninterrupted operations. For the duration of the outbreak, Kaplan Law Firm will provide all our normal […]

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The Top 7 Things You Need to Know Right Now About Employment Law

Love was in the air this Valentine’s day, as firm founder Austin Kaplan presented his beloved “Top 7 Things” presentation at the Capital Area Paralegal Association’s (CAPA) Annual Full day CLE Seminar. CAPA is a voluntary non-profit corporation comprised of paralegals and legal assistants, students, and vendors in Austin, Texas and the Central Texas area.  […]

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Board Certified in Employment Law

The Firm is proud to announce that Austin Kaplan is now Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas. TBLS certifies lawyers that have substantial, relevant experience in select areas of law, […]

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