Employment Law FAQs

What is an employee? What is an independent contractor? What is the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? What is employment-at-will? What is a collective bargaining agreement (CBA)? What is an employment contract? Is an oral employment contract enforceable? What are common employment contract provisions? What is an arbitration clause? What is “good cause” for termination? What is constructive discharge? Can an employee be fired for refusing to do something illegal? What can an employer ask about in a job interview? Can an employer ask about an applicant’s criminal history or financial condition? What procedures must an employer follow when it comes to immigration? Can an employer discriminate on the basis of immigration status? What information must an employee disclose during the hiring process? What information can an employer disclose about you? What is minimum wage? What is overtime pay? Who is eligible for overtime pay and minimum wage? How do you calculate overtime pay? What is compensable time? What is the executive exemption to overtime pay? What is the administrative exemption to overtime pay? What is the professional exemption to overtime pay? What is the retail exemption to overtime pay? Are computer employees, highly compensated employees, or outside sales employees exempt from overtime pay? What are some other exemptions to overtime pay? Can an employee be fired for filing a minimum wage or overtime complaint? What can you recover in court if your employer has committed a wage or overtime violation? Can you get paid for meal periods? Can you get paid for waiting time? What is the Texas Payday Law? What is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? Are paralegals entitled to overtime pay? Are physician assistants entitled to overtime pay? Do employees have the right to a safe working environment? Does the law protect health and safety whistleblowers? Is workplace violence or workplace bullying illegal? What is the deadline to make a claim of employment discrimination? Who is liable for employment discrimination? How can an employee prove employment discrimination? What is disparate impact discrimination? What are the remedies for discrimination? Does Texas law prohibit discrimination? What are the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission? What is the relationship between the EEOC and the TWC? What laws prohibit race discrimination? What is reverse race discrimination? What is the difference between national origin discrimination and race discrimination? Are English Only rules legal? What is sex discrimination? What is sexual harassment? Is same-sex harassment sexual harassment? Is it illegal to discriminate based on a gender stereotype? What is the glass ceiling? Can a woman be discriminated against for being pregnant? What is religious discrimination? What is disability discrimination? What does it mean to have a record of disability? What does it mean to be regarded as having a disability? What is a reasonable accommodation for a disability? Is diabetes a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Is HIV a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? What is Family and Medical Leave Act leave? What is age discrimination? Who qualifies for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? What is intermittent leave? What kind of notice must an employee give to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? Can an employer fire you to prevent you from taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act?