Dallas Employment Lawyer - Keith Clouse

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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.



Employers Should Dust Off Their Employee Handbooks

October 07, 2009
Many employers create employee handbooks and diligently hand them out to new employees, year after year. But, for several reasons, an employer must remember to periodically dust off its handbook and to review it with a critical eye.  First, as Dallas employment law attorney Keith Clouse cautions, changes in state and federal laws warrant new and updated policies.  For example, employ...

An Executive Who Plans to Resigns with "Good Reason" Should Consult with Counsel

October 07, 2009
Most high-level executives work pursuant to employment contracts.  These contracts usually include both a clause allowing the company to terminate the executive’s employment “for cause” and a clause allowing the executive to resign “for good reason.” A typical employment agreement may define “good reason” to include: a significant change in the nat...

Doctors Moving to Texas Should Consider Differences in State Non-Compete Laws

September 28, 2009
Many physicians cross state lines for better job opportunities.  These doctors often enter into employment agreements that contain non-compete covenants.  A non-compete covenant restricts a physician’s ability to practice medicine within a certain area for a set time period following termination of an employment agreement.  Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law attorney who...

Dallas employment lawyer educates - What Are Trade Secrets?

September 28, 2009
Many non-compete and non-solicitation agreements require an employee to protect the employer’s “trade secrets.”  But, what exactly are trade secrets? A trade secret is a formula, pattern, device, or compilation of information used in business that gives the owner a chance to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use the trade secret. To determine if inf...

Employers, Fall Flu Season is Here

September 21, 2009
While the H1N1 swine flu seemed to retreat during the summer months, it has reappeared this fall.  The United States Department of Health and Human Services has issued updated guidance for businesses and employers at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/business/guidance/.  Employers should review this guidance and be ready to enact programs and policies to prevent widespread illness while main...

Employers Must Be Aware of "Presenteeism"

September 21, 2009
Not only does autumn bring with it colds and allergens, but this year it brings a resurgence of the swine flu, forcing more employees to miss work for health-related reasons. While all employers are aware of the costs associated with employee absenteeism, Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law attorney, cautions employers to also be aware of “presenteeism”—the hidden costs and ...

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Summary Judgment for Employer

September 14, 2009
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld summary judgment for an employer in a race discrimination matter.  Floyd v. Amite County Sch. Dist., No. 08-60799 (5th Cir. Aug. 27, 2009), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cpub%5C08/08-60799-CV0.wpd.pdf.  Charles Floyd, an African-American, worked as a track coach and principal at a school with a predominantly black...

Changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act Impact Employers

September 14, 2009
Recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act expand the circumstances under which an employee may be entitled to FMLA leave. Employers must be aware of these changes, communicate the changes to employees, and update employee handbooks to reflect the current law. The revisions allow leave to be taken under two additional circumstances.  First, an employee is now allowed to take u...

Caution Employees to Avoid Sending "Smoking Gun" E-mails

September 08, 2009
In today’s litigation, “smoking gun” evidence often takes the form of an e-mail.  Employees at all levels fire off e-mails without giving much thought to the potential consequences.  But, notes employment law attorney Keith Clouse, “smoking gun” e-mails can lose lawsuits.  Employees often treat e-mail as an electronic form of conversation rather tha...

Houston, Texas Court of Appeals Rules for Employer in Non-Compete Matter

September 08, 2009
A Houston court recently ruled for an employer in a non-compete agreement case.  Gallagher Healthcare Ins. Servs. v. Vogelsang, No. 01-07-00478-CV (Tex. App—Houston [1st Dist.] August 21, 2009, available at http://www.1stcoa.Courts.state.tx.us/opinions/ PDFOpinion.asp?OpinionId=86957.  Gallagher employee Vogelsang agreed not to compete with the company upon leaving. She later be...