Category Archives: Consulting

Harassment, Taxes, and Confidentiality

Posted on March 12, 2019 in Consulting

 The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), what normal people recall as President Trump’s tax law, contained a little know provision inspired by the Metoo# movement. Now, an employer cannot deduct as a business expense any settlement payment related to … Continue reading

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Adopt a Social Media Policy

Posted on January 4, 2019 in Compliance, Consulting

In November, Hilton Grand Vacations fired an employee who posted a picture on a Facebook group page that depicted lynching Florida State head coach Willie Taggart following FSU’s 41-14 loss to Florida. The administrator of the Facebook page determined the … Continue reading

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Politics at Work

Posted on December 12, 2018 in Consulting

On election night, Weycer Kaplan celebrated our partner Tanya Garrison’s victory as the new judge of the 157th Harris County District Court.   Tanya joined the firm out of law school and has been a tremendous advocate and leader for 18 … Continue reading

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TEAM BUILD THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK

Posted on September 25, 2018 in Consulting

  Recently, I participated with the firm at a Houston Legal Aid Clinic where we evaluated potential cases for pro bono legal aid services. Tanya Garrison, my partner and (plug) candidate for Judge in the 157th Harris County District Court, … Continue reading

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My 7 to 7 Rule

Posted on June 1, 2018 in Consulting

  I adopted a new “7 to 7 Rule” some time ago after realizing that I let work spill over into the personal time of my family and colleagues. Simply, I choose to engage my associates between 7 a.m. and … Continue reading

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LESSONS FROM LITTLE LEAGUE

Posted on February 27, 2018 in Consulting

I confess.  Spring is my favorite time of year because I am obsessed with little league baseball. My son surpassed my athletic talents when he turned five, and I live vicariously through him. From our years together on the field, … Continue reading

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Planning for 2018: What to Continue Doing, Start Doing, and Stop Doing

Posted on January 4, 2018 in Consulting

As we enter the new year, I expect many of you  plan to set new goals and resolutions. I know that I do. In fact, with the help of an executive coach that I have worked with for several years, … Continue reading

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Holiday Party Rules

Posted on December 15, 2017 in Consulting

This week, WKPZ held its annual firm luncheon.  Our holiday celebration is a very nice and — I must confess — extraordinarily tame event.   But others would say that tame translates to “lame” as there is one obvious thing missing … Continue reading

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Employer Assistance for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Posted on September 4, 2017 in Consulting

By Frank Sommerville, John Reyna, and Mark Levine     Everyone in our community is reaching out to friends, neighbors, and even strangers, to assist in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  There is something for employers to contribute as well.  … Continue reading

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DOL Game Changer

Posted on July 31, 2017 in Consulting

The stability and predictability of 78 years of wage and hour law has been in flux over the past year, and things got really interesting just last week. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the Department of Labor issued a Request … Continue reading

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