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Eminent Domain

Private property rights are a quintessential part of our legal system. Property rights guarantee each landowner the right to use, exclude, transfer, alienate, and possess property. These rights are not absolute however, and in special circumstances the government may have a right to condemn your private property for a public use under the doctrine of eminent domain. Eminent domain is defined as the taking of private property for a public use for just compensation to the landowner. So, what happens if you are approached by a condemning entity about your property? What are your rights as a landowner? To begin, who...

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Immediate Changes in Overtime Laws Are Here. Are You Prepared?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (or FLSA) guarantees a minimum wage for all hours worked during the workweek and overtime premium pay of not less than 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay for those hours worked in excess of 40 in a single workweek. Unlike most other federal employment laws, the FLSA provides protections for individual employees throughout the U.S. rather than imposing blanket restrictions on all employers. It is estimated that the Act currently covers over 130 million US workers today, meaning that the vast majority of Texas employers are required to comply with the FLSA. However, even...

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Crash Course on the Fair Labor Standards Act

In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was implemented to battle the Great Depression. The FLSA set the U.S. standard forty-hour work-week, created a national minimum wage, and universalized the concept of overtime. It’s widely considered one of the defining laws of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Today, the FLSA still applies to most private and public employment, and requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt, at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay. Recently, the FLSA has gained heightened media attention due to the U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of changes to some of the...

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