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National Labor Board Strikes Down “Micro Unions”

National Labor Board Strikes Down “Micro Unions”

On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) struck down the ability to use “micro-unions” to organize private workplaces.  In the pro-employer decision, the NLRB reinstated the older, traditional “community-of-interest” standard for determining whether a...

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Texas Boiler Regulations for Hotels

Texas Boiler Regulations for Hotels

Hoteliers are often surprised to learn that various boilers in their hotel properties are regulated by a state agency, and those boilers require regular inspection by an authorized boiler inspector.  Even though they have been regulated since 1972, boilers in pool and...

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Congress Passes the “Save Local Business Act”

Congress Passes the “Save Local Business Act”

Earlier this month, Congress voted to pass HR 3441, also known as the "Save Local Businesses Act." This bi-partisan bill clarifies the regulations within the expanded joint employer rule. Under HR 3441, an employer may be considered a joint employer of a worker only...

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Suspension of State and Local Hotel Occupancy Taxes

Suspension of State and Local Hotel Occupancy Taxes

Updated 9/22/2017 Governor Abbott extended the state and local hotel occupancy tax exemption for guests affected by Hurricane Harvey through October 23rd.  Note that FEMA is continuing to pay hotel occupancy taxes through the CLC system. Governor Abbott temporarily...

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Hurricane Harvey Resources

Hurricane Harvey Resources

Information for hotel guests: Obtaining financial assistance for lodging:  Are you a Hurricane Harvey evacuee in need of financial assistance for lodging?  We suggest contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ) online or by phone at...

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A Message from TABC

A Message from TABC

  A Message from TABC Legal Experts Martin Frost & Hill   Effective immediately, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has stopped mailing out paper renewal application forms. Instead, the TABC is sending postcards like the one above to remind permit and license...

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2017 Special Session Outcome

2017 Special Session Outcome

August 16, 2017 The Texas Legislature adjourned the special legislative session “sine die,” which means the first called legislative session of 2017 is officially over. Importantly, the special session ended without the passage of an economically damaging “bathroom...

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