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Free COBRA for Unemployed Texans

Is COBRA health coverage free for most unemployed Texans as of April 2021? The shocking answer is yes. Thanks to a new law, most Texas employees who recently lost their jobs will qualify for free COBRA (continuing healthcare coverage) from April to September of 2021. The recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) contains a dense […]

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Can You Be Fired For Staying Home During The Winter Storm of 2021?

Can my boss fire me for not driving to work during the Central Texas winter storm if I’m facing unsafe driving conditions? Texas is facing a extremely dangerous winter weather over the next few days. The Governor has already issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties in Texas, from Dallas to Brownsville which includes […]

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Major Texas Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed

We just found what appears to be a copy of the Texas Whistleblower Act lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s top legal authority, claiming his top attorneys were subject to retaliation after reporting illegal activity to an appropriate law enforcement entity. Read a copy of the apparent lawsuit HERE: Multiple state and […]

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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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