By Laura Merritt, Partner, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
The distinction between employees and independent contractors continues to be a hot topic. Recent commission and court rulings regarding “sharing economy” service providers such as Uber and Lyft have garnered much of the attention. Right here in Austin, the Texas Legislature has provided a subtle but meaningful tweak to its Family Code that has a direct impact on businesses and families all over the state.
By Steven Garrett, Associate Attorney, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the closely watched case EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. involving a conflict between a neutral policy and a religious practice. Title VII forbids employment discrimination based on religion and requires accommodation of religious practices unless doing so would result in undue hardship for the employer.
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Laura Merritt was honored last night by the Austin Bar Association as an Outstanding Committee Chair for the 2014-15 bar year. Ms. Merritt was recognized for her work as co-chair of the Austin Bar Foundation’s annual Gala in January, which raised over $80,000 for the foundation’s charitable projects and grants, which support multiple regional family, veteran, education, arts and legal representation initiatives. Additional information>>>
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partners Jason Boulette and Laura Merritt will both address the UT CLE 28th Annual Technology Law Conference on Friday, May 22nd.
Laura Merritt’s presentation, entitled “Coffee Shop Office Blues: Legal Issues for a Mobile Workforce” is scheduled for 1:50 pm and will cover the legal issues implicated by today’s co-working, power-commuting, remote office-using mobile workforce, including IP ownership, company property protection, confidentiality preservation, and wage and hour concerns.
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Laura Merritt will give a presentation entitled “HR in Times of Crisis” to the 22nd Annual UT CLE Labor & Employment Law Conference at Austin’s AT&T Conference Center. The talk is scheduled for 10:30am on Wednesday, May 13th and will cover how to navigate the legal issues presented during unexpected challenges such as weather events, pandemics, and other emergencies. Additional information>>>
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Jason Boulette will present “Big Data, Part II: Automated Enterprise Decision Making” at UT Law’s CLE Labor & Employment Conference. The presentation will explore the growing use of data analytics in traditional employment decision-making, the potential for using big data to effect positive change, and the legal risks associated with unsophisticated big data decision-making. The speech is scheduled for 1:40 pm on Wednesday, May13th, at the AT&T Conference Center. Additional information>>>
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Mike Golden will present a talk entitled “Getting From Internet to Evidence” at UT Law’s CLE Labor & Employment Conference. The talk, eligible for CLE ethics credit, is scheduled for 4:35 pm on Tuesday, May 12th, at the AT&T Conference Center, and will explore ethical methods of eDiscovery related to social media, the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence, and strategies for using that evidence on both liability and damages claims. Additional information>>>
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Laura Merritt has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Austin Bar Association/AYLA. The Board position is for a two-year term. Additional information>>>
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partners Jason Boulette and Michael Marin will present “So You’ve Been Sued” to the 37th Annual UT Corporate Counsel Institute, meeting at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum May 7th. Additional information>>>