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Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Laura Merrit will be the featured speaker at this month’s meeting of Central Texas Women in eDiscovery, presenting a talk entitled “Legal Issues for a Mobile Workforce”.  This topic will include an overview of 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. The presentation will take place DLA Piper LLP’s offices at 401 Congress Avenue. ##2500. Additional information>>>

Ms. Merritt will also present during the State Bar of Texas’ live CLE broadcast Friday, November 20 on “Handling Your First (or Next) Settlement” at 3:15pm.  Additional information>>>

The 20th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute Conference of the University of Texas School of Law’s CLE featured Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Michael J. Golden, speaking on “Ethics in Negotiation: the True Cost of Representation”.

Mr. Golden’s presentation explored the obligations placed on an attorney by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct for cases in which a client discloses a terrible truth or reveals an unspeakable purpose.

The conference was held at Austin’s Four Seasons Hotel on November 5/6, 2015.  Additional information>>>

2016 Best Lawyers Commercial Litigation

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Michael D. Marin has been selected for inclusion in the Commercial Litigation practice area of the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, a peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. 2016 will be the eighth consecutive year that Mr. Marin has been chosen for the list.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. is proud to be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Girls Rock-A-Thon, to be held Thursday, September 24th at Austin’s Cheer Up Charlie’s. The event is an initiative of Girls Rock Austin, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and women through music education & performance.

Doors open at For tickets and information, please visit the Girls Rock Austin website.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Mike Golden has been chosen for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the Employment Law – Management practice area, for the fourth consecutive year. Best Lawyers in America is a peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Jason Boulette will be named in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the Employment Law – Management practice area. The Best Lawyers in America publication is a peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, and this will be the tenth consecutive year Mr. Boulette is to be included in the list.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Michael D. Marin will moderate a panel entitled “Conducting Effective Internal Investigations: An In-House and Outside Counsel’s Perspective” at the 40th Annual National Convention of the Hispanic National Bar Association in Chicago on Thursday, September 3rd. The panel, eligible for CLE credit, will be presented as part of the Corporate and Business Law track.

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Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Ann Abrams Price has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the Employment Law – Management practice area. The publication is a peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.

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.

New Rules

In brief, on June 18, 2015, Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 1727, amending

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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.

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