Pregnancy and the Workplace

Whether you have had a baby,  are thinking about having a baby, or simply work with someone who has had a baby, pregnancy in the workplace can be a hot topic.  Just like employees, employers often do not know what they should or can do regarding an employee's pregnancy. This year, TYLA addressed these issues in two written guides: Pregnancy and the Workplace: Know Your Rights(for employees) and Pregnancy and the Workplace: Know Your Duties (for employers).  Both can be found on TYLA's Website. Additionally, TYLA Directors Raymond Baeza, Courtney Barksdale Perez, Baili Rhodes and Shannon White participated in two panel discussions for the 10 Minute Mentor Series.  The panel shared their experiences, and discussed applicable employment law. I encourage each of you to check out this series, and share with your employer clients (and your colleagues). #jointheconversation

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Suicide Prevention Month

           September is national suicide prevention month.  Although suicide is a difficult topic to discuss, it is one that greatly affects the legal profession.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst lawyers and of any profession, lawyers have the highest rate of depression and have the highest rate of suicide.  It is important as a legal profession that we acknowledge these statistics and recognize the difficulties that some of our colleagues may be struggling with. Having suffered from depression for many years I understand the difficulty that a lawyer faces in trying to balance ones legal career and their mental health.  Although lawyers are very good at advocating for their clients, they are often not very good at advocating for themselves.  Asking for help for yourself is one of the hardest things to do.  However, it is also imperative to do when you are…

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TYLA Tuesday: Passing the Bar

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! It's that time a year again, if you live near a law school or know any law students, TYLA's Passing the Bar would be a great project to share.  This study guide is intended to help…

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TYLA Tuesday: Probate Passport

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! The Texas Probate Passport is a great resource, which was designed to inform the public about (1) what happens when he or she dies with or without a will, and (2) how the probate process…

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TYLA Tuesday: Visas for Victims of Abuse

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! This week's featured project is Visas for Victims of Abuse.  Did you know that there are special Visas available to individuals who have suffered abuse? Read more about it here, and feel free to share…

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TYLA Tuesday: Educating Educators

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! In a recent ENews article, Director Laura Docker shared the following about the Educating Educators project: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela One of TYLA's…

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TYLA Tuesday: Interns Across Texas

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! In the December 2014 ENews, TYLA Directors Alex Roberts and Travis Patterson explained the Interns Across Texas Project: Texas Young Lawyers Association is proud to introduce its Interns Across Texas program, a brand new program aimed at creating…

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