Dallas Employment Lawyer - Keith Clouse

Executive Employment Lawyer
Attorney Keith Clouse is a nationally recognized employment law attorney. This website and all materials on it have been prepared by Clouse Dunn LLP for informational purposes only. These materials do not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice.

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Physicians, Before You Resign…

January 04, 2015
A doctor planning a professional move must take steps to ensure that the transition proceeds smoothly. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse—who regularly works with doctors on employment law issues—suggests that a doctor considering a professional move:1. Review all documents he has signed so that he understands the conditions that impact his resignation. A doctor may be obligated to give sign...

Wage and Hour Lawsuits Spike Says Dallas Wage & Hour Lawyer

January 04, 2015
A recent news article reported on the incredible spike in wage and hour lawsuits. Over the past decade, wage and hour lawsuits filed by Texas workers and federal regulators tripled. Factors contributing to this dramatic increase include:• Increased number of small and mid-sized businesses that are unfamiliar with the technicalities of wage and hour laws;• Increased knowledge of wage and hour ri...

The Proof Required in a Disability Discrimination Case

December 28, 2014
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently clarified the standard an employee must meet to prove that she was discriminated against by her employer because of a disability.Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employee may establish her claim by offering direct evidence of discrimination. Because direct evidence is often unavailable, an employee may also establish her claim by using th...

Fifth Circuit Rules in ADA Matter

December 28, 2014
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act. EEOC v. LHC Group, Inc., No. 13-60703 (5th Cir. Dec. 11, 2014), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/13/13-60703-CV0.pdf. A nurse--who drove herself to patients’ homes--suffered a grand mal seizure at work. Her doctor advised her not to drive. Shortly thereafter, her employer terminated h...

Portal-to-Portal Act Explained by Employment Lawyer

December 21, 2014
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay a minimum wage and to pay overtime compensation for each hour worked in excess of 40 hours each workweek. Congress amended that statute with the Portal-to-Portal Act. This act exempts an employer from liability when an employee is:1. Walking, riding, or traveling to and from the place where the employee performs the principal activities the...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on FLSA Matter

December 21, 2014
The United States Supreme Court recently held that employers are not required by the Fair Labor Standards Act to compensate employees for time spent waiting for and undergoing security screenings. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, __ U.S. __, Dec. 9, 2014, available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-433_5h26.pdf. The employees retrieved products from warehouse shelves a...

Physician Employment Agreements: Termination Without Cause

December 15, 2014
While most Texas doctors focus on the termination for cause/with good reason provisions when negotiating an employment agreement, a physician must also understand the parties’ obligations should either party terminate the agreement without cause or without good reason. Dallas employment contract lawyer Keith Clouse—who regularly advises physicians on employment matters—explains.Almost all physi...

Separation Agreement: Outplacement and Office/Support Services

December 15, 2014
When an executive’s employment relationship ends, he is likely to enter into a separation or severance contract describing the parties’ agreement regarding his separation. Many executives focus--rightly so--on the money terms of these separation agreements. But, as Dallas executive employment lawyer Keith Clouse points out, an executive can often negotiate other points as part of his exit packa...

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Recruit from a Competitor

December 08, 2014
Dallas non-compete lawyer Keith Clouse believes that when an employer hires an employee from a competitor, it must perform a risk assessment regarding the likelihood of litigation. When performing this assessment, the hiring entity should consider the answers to the following questions:• Why is the employee leaving? What are the circumstances surrounding his departure? • How similar are the ne...

Texas Supreme Court Rules for Employee on Contract Claim

December 08, 2014
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that the Local Government Contract Claims Act waives a local governmental entity’s immunity from suit for breach of an employment contract. Damuth v. Trinity Valley Community College, No. 13-0815 (Tex. Nov. 21, 2014), available at http://www.txcourts.gov/media/710075/130815.pdf.The employee had a written employment agreement for services as a coach/profess...