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Minimum Wage and Texas Employment Laws

Federal minimum wage law is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour for nonexempt employees. The Texas Minimum Wage Act (TMWA) complements federal law and, in some cases, prescribes more stringent or additional requirements for employers. Whenever employers are subject to both state and federal laws, the law that provides the greater protection for the employee applies. The Labor Law Section of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) enforces and investigates minimum…

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Outsourcing COBRA Administration

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a federal law that provides for the temporary extension of employer-sponsored group health coverage for employees and their family members (qualified beneficiaries) in certain situations. COBRA coverage is available when qualifying events occur, such as termination of employment or divorce. Due to the complexities of the law and potentially serious consequences for mistakes or violations, many employers outsource COBRA administration to a third-party administrator (TPA). Reasons to Outsource COBRA Administration COBRA’s complex rules and…

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