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Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partner Jason Boulette will present “Social Media: Internet to Evidence” at the Austin Bar Association’s 2015 Bench Bar Conference at the Austin Country Club. The presentation will be a breakout session scheduled for 10am on Friday April 17th. Additional information>>>

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. partners Jason Boulette and Michael Marin will address the 37th Annual UT Law Corporate Counsel Institute in Houston Thursday, April 16th. Their presentation, entitled “So You’ve Been Sued and There’s TRO” will offer tactical and strategic for handling the situation. Additional information>>>

Photo by Austin headshots photographer Matthew Lemke, www.MattheBy Steven Garrett, Associate Attorney, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.

On March 26, 2015 a Federal Court in Wichita Falls, Texas temporarily halted the Department of Labor’s new FMLA rule, described below, pending a full determination on the merits. The temporary stay is the result of a lawsuit filed by the State of Texas and others. Effective March 27, 2015 the DOL had revised their regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act to define a spouse according to the “place of celebration” instead of “the state of residence.” For example, if a same-sex couple was married in California and then moved to Texas under the “place of celebration” rule, employers in Texas would have to consider the couple legally married for purposes of administering the FMLA. Simply put, eligible employees would have been able to take FMLA leave to care for their same sex spouse with a serious health condition, take qualifying exigency leave due to their same-sex spouse’s covered military service, or take military caregiver leave for their same-sex spouse. The March 26 ruling means that, for now, if an employer grants leave to an employee for one of these purposes, that leave does not count against the employee’s 12-week allotment of FMLA. Stay tuned.

A_PriceBy Ann Price, Partner, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.

On March 25, 2015, in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Supreme Court announced a new standard for whether a claim of pregnancy discrimination based on the denial of an accommodation should be decided by a jury or dismissed by summary judgment.

A New Standard for Pregnancy Discrimination Cases

Peggy Young claimed that United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) unlawfully

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Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Michael Marin will moderate a CLE Panel presentation entitled “Ethical Issues in Employment Investigations and Litigation” at the Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference to be held in San Antonio, in March 2015. Mr. Marin serves as chair of the 2015 CLE Committee for the national conference that will  present experts in over 24 programs in four tracks:  In-House & Corporate Counsel, Litigation & Business Law, Public Interest & Government, and Business Development. Additional information on the convention is available at the HNBA Website.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.C. partner Mike Golden worked successfully with Jay Old & Associates to win a favorable verdict in and employment discrimination case. Read more >>>

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. Partner Ann Abrams Price will give a presentation entitled “Hot Goods and Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance” Thursday, February 19, 2005. Ms. Price will be addressing the annual convention of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association in San Marcos. Additional information on the convention is available at the Association’s website.
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Merritt joins firm as it amends its name to Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. is very pleased to announce the addition of accomplished employment law attorney, Laura M. Merritt, to the firm as a Partner as of Monday, February 9, 2015. Previously with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Merritt is licensed in Texas and Washington, is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has been repeatedly recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer (Thompson-Reuters Corporation). Merritt is the fourth partner at the firm who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, along with Ann Price, Jason Boulette, and Mike Golden. Representing employers in a wide range of employment and labor matters, Laura’s practice includes litigation, training, counseling, and negotiating definitive and ancillary employee-related agreements in corporate transactions.

“I am excited to announce that after 10 wonderful years, I am leaving WSGR to partner with the Austin-based employment law, litigation, and business immigration firm of Boulette Golden & Marin”, stated Ms. Merritt.

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Michael Marin, Partner

Merritt joins the firm at an exciting time as it amends its name to Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P., adding longtime partner and well known litigator, Michael Marin to its masthead. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2009-2015), Marin is a former Vinson & Elkins litigation partner in his twentieth year of practice. Michael represents clients in business, employment, and non-compete litigation matters. In addition, his practice includes internal investigations, federal and state agency compliance, employment contracts, and non-disclosure agreements.

“We are kicking off 2015 with a bang!” said founding partner Jason Boulette. “We’re very happy with Laura’s arrival and the addition of Marin to the firm name. Growth is good, and we’re moving in a very positive direction,” he continued.

About Boulette Golden & Marin, L.L.P.
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. is an award-winning Austin-based employment and litigation law firm focused on employment and business litigation, counseling, compliance and corporate immigration services for employers in Texas. Well known as experienced, pragmatic litigators who provide responsive and cost-effective counsel to their clients, BG&M attorneys deliver the results of a large law firm with the responsiveness and cost efficiency of a smaller firm. For more information, please visit www.boulettegolden.com.

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Thinking about breastfeeding is not usually on the top of an employer’s to-do list. However, for employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), it is a topic that cannot be ignored.

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Jason is pleased to present at the upcoming UT Law CLE Live Conference on Patent Law this Friday afternoon.  He will be presenting on “Using Social Media Ethically” – An exploration of some of the aggressive uses of social media by companies, employees, and attorneys, including the legal and ethical boundaries being recognized by some and ignored by others. Particular attention is given to the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Stored Communications Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the National Labor Relations Act and the limits each impose on the use of social media as a weapon in litigation. The admissibility of social media evidence at trial is also addressed.

View conference website: https://utcle.org/conferences/PT14#overview

 


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