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Employment Law Compliance & Counseling

In addition to the day-to-day complexities of business operations, employers must also comply with countless municipal, county, state, and federal labor laws. At Hutcheson Bowers LLLP, we help employers in Texas navigate the world of employment laws. Counsel is crucial to minimizing disputes with employees, ensuring that your company remains in compliance, and avoiding penalties or litigation.

Some of the employment issues we can assist you with include:

  • Deciding when and how to terminate an employee
  • Managing employee leave requests under the FMLA and other laws
  • Creating a safe workplace and complying with OSHA
  • How to regulate employee speech under the NLRA, including when you can discipline an employee for talking about their job or their supervisor
  • How to comply with wage and hour regulations under the FLSA
  • How to handle employee requests for accommodations for disabilities, breastfeeding, and religious beliefs
  • Making sure your employment postings are up to date
  • How to manage “problem” employees
  • Creating good documentation for employment decisions
  • How to properly classify your workers as independent contractors or employees
  • How to properly classify your employees as exempt or non-exempt

See What Our Clients Say

Shannon “is a true expert in the field. She is highly skilled and incredibly experienced in handling a wide variety of labor and employment issues, non-competition, policy, and general business advising. She is my ‘go-to’ on anything L&E related and the first person I think of when others need expertise. Her advice is always spot-on legally, practical and efficient. She comes up with creative solutions that avoid costly litigation.  But if litigation is the endgame, she is the lawyer you want.”  – Legal Director of global technology company

As a lawyer, I have a very high standard for the lawyers that represent me and my law firm. Allison Bowers exceeds that high standard. Allison is an employment lawyer in an area that is often contentious and controversial. She is able to focus with great skill on the law and facts with a rare additional combination of advice, counsel and supporting what is right. I recommend her without reservation.” – Managing Partner, law firm

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Have Chronic Staff Shortages Become the New Normal Post-COVID, 35th Annual Texas Ad Valorem Tax Conference (2022)
  • Parental Leave, Austin Bar Diversity Summit (2022)
  • The Intersection of Employment Law, Social Media, and the First Amendment, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Administrative Law Course (2022, 2018)
  • COVID Return to Office Education, Austin Human Resources Association (2021)
  • COVID & the Workplace: An Employment Law Primer on Vaccines and Returning to the Office, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas CLE (2021)
  • FFCRA, COVID-19, and Return to Work Issues, Austin Human Resources Association (2020)
  • #MeToo in the Law Firm: Lessons on Conducting Effective Trainings to Reduce Harassment, Austin Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (2018)
  • Employment Law Update, Annual Conference of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (2018)
  • When Politics Invade the Workplace, Austin Human Resources Association (2017)
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Employment Law Course (2016)
  • Agencies Run Amuck: Defending Against Federal Investigations, State Bar of Texas, Business Disputes CLE (2014)
  • Presented defense case for “The Shoot Out” on ADA/FMLA issues, SHRM-Texas State Council Legislative Conference (2013)
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: EEOC’s 2011 Regulations, Labor & Employment Section of the Austin Bar (2011)