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July 2015
A Winning Session
TAB Priotities Prevail

  • Workforce Q&A
    • As a franchisor, am I liable for unfair labor practices committed by my franchisees?
  • A Balancing Act
  • Member Profile
    • Thomas Graphics, Inc.
  • A Less Contested Case 
  • A Mixed Education Message
  • Tools to Keep Economic Development Going
  • A Conservitave Budget and Tax Cut
  • Talk About Business
    • The Consequences of Doing Nothing

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June 2015

  • Lawmakers Fund Transportation
  • Workforce Q&A
    • I have over 50 employees, and I offer health insurance to my full-time employees. Have I done all I need to do to avoing the employer penalites under the Afforable Care Act?
  • Solving the Talent Dilemma
  • Member Profile
    • Seton Healthcare Family and Providence Healthcare Network
  • Federal Update
    • Where we are on TPA and Ex-Im
  • Talk About Business
    • A Good Year for Business

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May 2015

  • A Healthy Session
  • Workforce Q&A
    • What kind of question can employers ask job applicants about immigration?
  • Award Winning Member
    • Former TAB Chair John Bass
  • Local Fracking Bans Banned
  • Talk about Business
    • The Case for Contested Case Reform

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April 2015

  • Ranking Member Priorities
    • Plans would benefit business and consumers
  • Workforce Q&A- We have someone who works for us on a regular basis in our office and has worked a regular schedule for the past few years. This has never been a real issue until today. The  contractor decided to take off today to go to Mexico without prior approval. The owner now wants to write him up not only for that but for refusing to sign a non-competition agreement. Would a written contract help us not to worry about a TWC audit?
  • TAB Backs New Rules for E-Cigarettes
  • The New High Speed Rail Effort
  • Lawmakers Tackle the Balance Bill Issue
  • Member Profile- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX)
  • TAB Pushes for a Statewide Ride-Sharing Solution
  • Best Companies Walk the Red Carpet in Austin

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March 2015


  • Ranking Member Priorities
    • What is important to you this session?
  • Workforce Q&A- One of my employees is in a same-sex marriage and he/she has requested leave to care for his/her spouse. Is he/she entitled to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA" or "Act")?
  • The Fight for Ex-Im Continues
  • TAB Launches New Higher Education Partnership with WGU Texas
  • Member Profile- Jackson Walker
  • Talk About Business: Putting A Stop To Surprise Medical Bills
  • President's Message
    • We Need a Juvenile Justice System That Does More Than Punish
  • Talk About Business
    • Texas Needs an A-F Campus Grading System

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 February 2015 

  • Budget Document Includes Business Priorities
  • Workforce Q&A- Are there any new requirements for state contractors in Texas?
  • Legislators Committed to Unemployment Insurance Reform
    • Preserving a System and Encouraging Re-Employment.
  • The Economy of the Arts
  • Member Profile: Imperative Information Group
  • Talk About Business: Why We Support the DREAM

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 January 2015

  • Our Top Legislative Priorities  
    • Transportation, Education, Health Care
  • Workforce Q&A- Can we discipline an employee who is using Twitter or Facebook to incite other employees to disobey company policy?
  • Chairman's Letter
  • New Money Should Fund Roads, Tax Cuts
  • The Billboard Says It All
  • Member Profile: Teledoc
  • A Choice for Children
  • Our Water Work Isn’t Done Yet
  • The Good News About Comp Rates
  • Talk About Business: The Priorities of Business Will Strengthen Texas

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December 2014

  • Our Future is Higher Education
    • Higher Ed Conference focuses on completions
  • Workforce Q&A- My company obtains background reports on applicants as part of our evaluation of candidates for employment. Does the Fair Credit Reporting Act apply to us and, if so, what steps are employers required to take to comply with the FCRA?
  • End of Year Report: 2014 Chair Dale Young
  • Member Profile- Smart Start
  • Chamber of Commerce Good For Business...Good IN Texas
  • Talk About Business- A Degree of Importance

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November 2014

  • Saving Time, Trouble and Dollars on Health
    • TAB Marketplace Has Launched
  • Workforce Q&A- What happens in terms of damages and injunctive relief when a court blue-lines the non-compete agreement?
  • Feds Move Closer ti UI Drug Testing Rules
  • Member Profile- Ryan
  • TAB Family Ties
  • National Award for TAB Board Member- Elizabeth Darling President and CEO of the One Star Foundation
  • Talk About Business- Lack of Congressional Action Could Make Deductions Disappear

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October 2014

  • Critical Election Approaches
    • TAB's BACPAC Makes Endorsements.
  • Workforce Q&A - I heard that a failure to respond to an unemployment claim that results in improper benefit payments will result in penalties over time. My company does not want to dispute the claim, but I think they should still respond  -what do you recommend?
  • Member Profile - Search Homeless Services
  • BACPAC Endorsements for Texas State House
  • BACPAC U.S. Congressional Endorsements and Texas Senate.
  • Talk About Business — Why We Need Proposition One
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September 2014

  • The Doctor Shortage
    • TAB leads Effort to close the gap.
  • Workforce Q&A - We have an employee who was let go, and after two month, we rehired him. Does his FAMILY start after the second hire date, or do we go back to the original date?
  • Member Profile -Alert Services Inc. -Talk To The Hand
  • Getting Smart on Crime
  • Making The Case For An Educated Workforce
  • Talk About Business — School Finance: The Never Ending Battle
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August 2014

  • Changes Needed to Train our Workforce
    • Comptroller's report lists recommendations.
  • Workforce Q&A - My company is about to aggressively hire and will likely hire from competitors. What can the company do to best position itself against potential claims by these competitors?
  • Member Profile - JCM Industries- Nash, Texas
  • TAB Honored with Advocacy Award- Hammond: Advocate of the Year
  • 2014 Employment Relations Symposium a Big Hit
  • Talk About Business — The New Accountability: When Numbers Lie
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July 2014

  • The Energy Economy - Texas returns to its economic roots.
  • Workforce Q&A - Under what circumstances are interns considered employees subject to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA?
  • Member Profile - Imperative Information Group
  • The TCCE and Transportation
  • TAB Hosts Day of Action
  • Talk About Business — They're Dreaming in California
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June 2014

  • Texas in the Bulls Eye - Proposed emissions cut would have huge impact.
  • Workforce Q&A - Should employers use forensics to complete or audit I-9s?
  • Member Profile - Lasco Enterprises – Striving To Revolutionize The Wine Experience
  • Miller retires after 49 years of service
  • TAB Takes DC
  • Talk About Business — We Are Failing on Infrastructure
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May 2014

  • Why Vote Again? - Voting is even more important in runoff elections.
  • Workforce Q&A - When an employee is separating from the company and is receiving a severance payment in exchange for a release, what types of provisions should be included or excluded in the release?
  • Member Profile - VChain Solutions, Inc. – One of a kind business education solutions
  • Setting the PACE
  • Runoff Election Endorsements - The full list of BAC-PAC runoff endorsements.
  • Talk About Business — New Accountability System Shows System Weakness
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April 2014

  • House/Senate Begin Work on Key TAB Issue - Study of Prescription Drug Abuse Underway
  • Workforce Q&A - have a small business in Texas whereby my employees work closely with animals. Can I require all of my employees to get vaccinated for rabies and tetanus? And if they refuse, can I terminate their employment?
  • Member Profile - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas - Committed to Health and Wellness in the Community.
  • What Comes First: The Chicken or The Job?
  • Endorsements Released for the Primary Run-off Election - No change in statewide races
  • Talk About Business — Congress Should Support Texas Economy, Reauthorize Export-Import Bank.
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March 2014

  • The Minimum Wage Debate - Will it cost jobs?
  • Workforce Q&A - Can my company be held liable for sexual harassment where the employees involved are the same gender?
  • Member Profile - Patek’s Shiner Smokehouse: Bringing Legendary Recipes to the People Since 1937
  • Pass or Fail - It matters how we grade our schools
  • Talk About Business — We Need Permitting Predictability.
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February 2014

  • TAB's Business & Commerce PAC (BACPAC) Board Makes Primary Endorsements
  • Workforce Q&A - Will the judge take recent OSHA fines into consideration when levying USICE fines for I-9 Employment Verification violations?
  • Member Profile - Process Control Outlet - Customer Service and Quality Care.
  • Run for the Roses - Texas Style
  • Talk About Business — Scary Number Should Bring Change.
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January 2014

  • Victory over the NLRB - Poster rule is struck down by court.
  • Workforce Q&A - How much is the penalty if a person does not get health insurance coverage in 2014?
  • Member Profile - Burns & McDonell - Making Successful Clients.
  • A Message from Chairman Dale Young.
  • Annual Conference Preview
  • Talk About Business — Let the Punishment Fit the Crime.
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December 2013

  • Game Changers - Getting serious abut improving completion rates.
  • Workforce Q&A - As an employer, what should I be doing to make sure my company's confidential and proprietary information is legally protected?
  • Member Profile - Cox Logistics, LLC - A productive Powerhouse in the Pipe Industry.
  • PAVE'ing the Way for Veterans.
  • Talk About Business — Just Attending College Is Not Enough.
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November 2013

  • TAB Pushes Texas Solutions in Washington
  • Workforce Q&A - Can we put some type of restriction on time off for military reserve duty?
  • Member Profile - Business Bank of Texas, N.A.- Focused on Providing Service to the Business Community.
  • New Affinity Program Offers Life Insurance Help.
  • Talk About Business — Federal Budget Solution Must Include Entitlement Reform.
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 October 2013

  • TAB Board Endorses All Amendments, Early voting begins Oct. 21; Election Day is Nov 5
  • Workforce Q&A - Can an employer require someone who handles food to take an HIV or AIDS test?
  • Congressman Hall Honored with Award.
  • Member Profile - Denver City Dreaming - Bobby & J.M. Trent, an Entrepreneurial Story.
  • TAB Board Supports Merger.
  • Talk About Business — Quenching Out Thirst.
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 September 2013

  • It Is Dry Out There - Passing Proposition Six Is a Must in November
  • Workforce Q&A - Do employers have to file their wage reports and pay taxes online now with TWC?
  • Congressman Hall Honored with Award.
  • Member Profile - AAA Texas - Premier Roadside Assistance And So Much More.
  • TAB Supreme Court Victory.
  • Talk About Business — Support Builds for Repeal of Health Insurance Tax.
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 August 2013

  • The Education Session - Where do we go from here?
  • Workforce Q&A - Americans with Disabilities(ADA) Compliance Question
  • To fund or Not To Fund - The plan to pull funding from the Affordable Care Act.
  • Member Profile - Responsive Education Solutions - Providing Hope Through Quality Education.
  • Legal Watchdogs Kick Off "Small Business Summer" Campaign.
  • Talk About Business — The Texas Biotech Boom Is Around the Corner.
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 July 2013

  • UI Drug Testing Becomes Law
  • Workforce Q&A - Can we get a second opinion regarding an FMLA certification?
  • Dedicated Clean Up - There will be more truth in budgeting thanks to HB 7.
  • Member Profile - Ryan - Innovative Solutions to Taxing Problems.
  • Lilly Ledbetter Vetoed.
  • Talk About Business — The End of An Era.
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 June 2013

  • Two Priorities, Two Outcomes - This Session's Work on Water and Transportation
  • Workforce Q&A - How will the Uniform Trade Secrets Act affect Texas business?
  • Business Tax Relief Passes - Lawmakers and Governor Perry take steps to keep Texas businesses strong.
  • Member Profile - iKey - The Global Leader in Rugged Peripherals.
  • Criminal Justice Success.
  • Talk About Business — I for Incomplete.
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 May 2013

  • Crunch time - the 2013 Session Winds Down
  • Workforce Q&A - If an employee posts something on social media that embarrasses or portrays the company in a negative light, can we fire him?
  • Business Tax Cut Moving - One of the issues that could cause a special session.
  • Member Profile - Cintra US - Building Roads and Creating Jobs in Texas.
  • Sen. Cornyn's Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
  • Talk About Business — No Single Solution.
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 April 2013

  • The Push For Gaming In Texas - Keeping our money at home.
  • Workforce Q&A - How would mandatory E-Verify in a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill impact small business?
  • Session 2013 - Where our issues stand.
  • Member Profile - State Tax Group, LLC - A Leader in State and Local Tax.
  • Best Companies Success.
  • Talk About Business — Investing Isn't Spending.
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 March 2013

  • Watering the Future - Support Grows for fully funding the statewide water plan.
  • Workforce Q&A - My employee took FMLA leave for his own health condition.  He has now exhausted his FMLA leave but has not returned to work.  Can I fire him?
  • To Facebook Or Not to Facebook.
  • Member Profile - OneStar Foundation - Building a Stronger Nonprofit Sector for a Better Texas.
  • Highflying Message.
  • Talk About Business — Water is a Top Priority.
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 February 2013

  • The Business Behind Criminal Justice Reform.
  • Workforce Q&A - My employees don’t sign non-competes or non-disclosure agreements. An ex-employee just opened a shop across the street and is raiding my sales people and customers. I feel like she kept some documents. Do I have any remedies?
  • Tax Cut Drive – TAB launches a petition drive for tax relief.
  • Member Profile - Hochheim Prairie Insurance – Texans Serving Texans Since 1892
  • The Best of the Best.
  • Talk About Business — Our Schools are Broken, Not Broke
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 January 2013

  • Brighter Money Picture Greets Lawmakers.
  • Workforce Q&A - We have an employee leaving to go to work for a competitor. What steps should we take to protect our confidential information and trade secrets?
  • Our Work Has Just Begun – the TAB Lobby Team prepares for the session.
  • Member Profile - Brenham National Bank – Their People, Their Service, Their Best
  • A Message from The Chair.
  • Talk About Business — The Right Time to Fight
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 December 2012

  • Together! - Chamber partners gearing up for 2013 session.
  • Workforce Q&A - What issues should we consider when we are hiring new salespersons in the states into which we are expanding and would like to begin using noncompete agreements?
  • End of Year Report: 2012 Chair Rudy Oeftering.
  • Member Profile - Dee Brown, Inc. - Quality Stone and Masonry Construction Since 1955
  • College Funding Breakthrough - Major funding agreement reached.
  • Talk About Business — The Un-Affordable Care Act
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 November 2012

  • Workers' Comp Reforms Show TAB Value - Workers' Comp Rates Drop 49% Since 2005
  • Workforce Q&A - Can we impose a premium surcharge on tobacco users who enroll in our health plan?
  • The Serious Higher Education Challenge - Colleges also have to be second high schools.
  • Member Profile - Motion Computing - Serious Mobility Solutions for Serious Professionals
  • Job Descriptions Rule Killed
  • Talk About Business — A Clear Grade for Schools
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 October 2012

  • TAB Board Approves New State Agenda
  • Workforce Q&A - Can we legally take a commission away from salespeople for disciplinary reasons?
  • Member Profile - Broussard's Mortuary — Providing Support and Service to Southeast Texans for Five Generations
  • Critical Election Days Away — It Is Time To Vote
  • Talk About Business — The Road Does Not Go On Forever
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 September 2012

  • TAB to Lawmakers: Career and Technology Training is Essential to our Economic Future
  • Workforce Q&A - What are the ramifications of recently issued new EEOC requirements regarding criminal background checks?
  • Member Profile - Professional Answering Service - They Work for You
  • Congressman Johnson Honored At Dallas Event
  • Talk About Business — Time for an Honest Budget
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 August 2012

  • Drug Testing to Maintain Unemployment Benefits - Still a Long Way to Go
  • Workforce Q&A - As an employer, can I enter into our payroll system the expiration date of an employee’s Permanent Resident Card for the purpose of employment eligibility reverification?
  • Washington Woes, Texas Solutions - Texas Center for Federal Policy Releases New Priorities
  • Member Profile - R. W. Dirks Petroleum Engineer, Inc. – Bringing Success to the Oil Industry for More Than 60 Years
  • TAB Honors Tommy Simmons
  • Talk About Business — Texas Business - We Built Ours
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 July 2012

  • The Future of Health Care — What The U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Means To Your Business.
  • Workforce Q&A - Can I have a policy to terminate any employee with a leave of absence that exceeds one year?
  • Holding Schools Accountable - Groups Say No New Money Without Accountability
  • Member Profile - Exparza's Restaurtante Mexicano — Famous for Tex-Mex, Known for Margaritas
  • Our Dry Future — How To Avoid Going Waterless
  • Talk About Business — Time To Advance, Not Retreat From Accountability
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 June 2012

  • The New Math - New Standards Weaker in Some Areas.
  • Workforce Q&A - Is there an IRS program allowing me to change contractors into employees with no penalties?
  • TAB Goes to D.C.- Conference Highlights National Agenda
  • Member Profile - Vulcraft and Century Industrial Coatings - Environmental Award Winners
  • Remembering Ken Legler - State Rep. and Former TAB Board Member Dies Suddenly
  • Talk About Business - Funding Our Water Future
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 May 2012

  • endorsements for the May Primary - Early voting Begins May 14
  • Workforce Q&A - What must our company pay an employee subpoenaed to appear in court if that employee has no paid leave time available?
  • Can Jobs and A Lizard Go Together?
  • Member Profile - Heldenfels Enterprises, Inc.
  • Talk About Business - In Education, Efficiency Matters
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 April 2012

  • Health Care Crossroads - Texas Business not Thrilled with ACA
  • Workforce Q&A -NLRB Notice Posting Requirement Changes
  • Texas 1 EPA 0
  • Member Profile - TurnerDuran Architects, LP
  • Talk About Business - Accountability Is More Than Just A Test
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 March 2012

  • Work in Washington - Hammond trip pushes Texas business agenda, lays foundation for conference
  • Workforce Q&A - Disqualification for unemployment
  • We Have a Primary
  • Member Profile -JHL Company - Leading the way in public affairs, fundraising and event management
  • Talk About Business - Texas Economic Independence
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 February 2012

  • Annual Conference a Record Breaker
  • Workforce Q&A - Pay Discrimination Audits and Lawsuits
  • Don't Fail Us - Education Accountability
  • Member Profile - Houston Community College
  • Talk About Business - Dear TEA: Make the Test Count
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January 2012

  • The New Drug Threat - Prescription Drug Abuse is Getting Texas Workers Hooked, and Killed
  • Workforce Q&A - Employees and Social Media Policies
  • A Year of Firsts at TAB's Annual Conference
  • Member Profile - Amerex Energy Services
  • Message from 2012 TAB Chair Rudy Oeftering
  • Talk About Business - Dear TEA: Make the Test Count
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December 2011

  • Time to think about Obamacare-What will you do about health insurance.
  • Workforce Q&A -Changes to union election proceedings
  • Driving the message home
  • Member Profile - Austin Glass and Mirror
  • 2011 Chairman report
  • Talk About Business - Primary care, a primary concern

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November 2011

  • Message to Super Committee: Go Big
  • Workforce Q&A - When to use E-Verify
  • Board of Directors Ballot
  • Business Profile - Honors for TAB Team
  • Obama NLRB Requires Employers to Post Notice of Employee Rights
  • Talk About Business - The Committee needs to be Super
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 October 2011

  • TAB's Second Annual Higher Education Conference - October 18
  • Workforce Q&A - Advice on Wall Street concerns
  • Texas has a proposition for you, actually 10 of them.
  • Member Profile - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
  • A new concept to earn a college degree.
  • Talk About Business - Seven Dangerous Distractions
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September 2011

  • Career Ready Graduates - Schools and Businesses Partner to Ensure a Quality Workforce
  • Workforce Q&A - Confidentiality Agreements and the NLRA
  • Texas Back Under the Microscope - A 1999 Flashback
  • Member Profile - Blazer Electric and Satellite
  • Texas Center for Federal Policy Launched
  • Talk About Business - When Blackout Threats Become Reality
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August 2011

  • Washington Woes. Texas Solutions - TAB Launches New Policy Center
  • Workforce Q&A - More Department of Labor audits
  • Four in Focus - Washington Must Immediately Make Key Reforms.
  • Member Profile - Star Furniture
  • Franke Joins Team TAB
  • Talk About Business - Medi-scare? Reform Shouldn't Scare Us
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July 2011

  • Session in our Rearview Mirror-How Business Interests Fared in Tough Budget Year
  • Workforce Q&A - Should my business enroll in E-Verify?
  • Sun Sets on Session, But Not on Some Agencies
  • Member Profile - Trinity Hughes Construction
  • Needed Reforms Blown in During Special Session
  • Talk About Business - Cancel Washington's Unlimited Credit Card
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June 2011

  • Defending Against Government Overreach - Latest attack would politicize procurement.
  • Workforce Q&A - New whistleblower provisions.
  • Small Business to Washington - Get out of the way.
  • Member Profile - Midland Manufacturing Company
  • Session Recap: Tort Reform Package Passed
  • Talk About Business - Us Against Him: How the President Tears Down Texas
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May 2011

  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - A look at legislation impacting business.
  • Workforce Q&A - How the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act affects business
  • Member Profile - B-5 Construction
  • More doctors for more Texas
  • Talk About Business - Jobs or Lizards?
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April 2011

  • Road-Tested Solutions - State must commit to a world-class transportation system
  • Workforce Q&A - Break time for nursing mothers
  • Nelson Salinas: TAB's Education Lobbyist
  • Member Profile - Market Basket Food Stores
  • Education: A TAB Priority
  • Talk About Business - The Building Blocks for Texas' Future
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March 2011

  • Right Prescription for Health Care - Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Sen. Nelson offer smart reforms.
  • Workforce Q&A - Family medical leave act management
  • Texas to Washington: Make it Balance.
  • Member Profile - Hunt Advertising and Consulting
  • Shortfall shouldn't shortchange education
  • Talk About Business - Driving Toward Real Solutions
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February 2011

  • Dream Big Texas, We Did - A look back at the 2011 TAB Annual Conference
  • Workforce Q&A - Providing nursing mother space
  • What Texas leaders are saying about the Annual Conference
  • Member Profile - Gopher Industrial Inc.
  • Hammond makes power list
  • Talk About Business - A Right Prescription for Texas
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January 2011

  • EPA vs. Texas
  • Workforce Q&A - Using FMLA for an injured worker.
  • TAB's Annual Conference fast approaching
  • Member Profile - State Farm Insurance, Steve Allen Agency
  • Message from 2011 TAB Chair Brett Graham
  • Talk About Business - Difficult, but Doable
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December 2010

  • A Prerequisite for Continued Prosperity - TAB's Education Foundation Inaugural Higher Ed Summit
  • Workforce Q&A - Who is responsible for replacing damaged company property?
  • Chamber Partners Conference a Success
  • Member Profile - National Coupling Company, Inc.
  • Chair Report: 2010 Chair Gray Mayes
  • Talk About Business - A Prerequisite for Continued Prosperity
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November 2010

  • New TAB Foundation Formed to Advance Quality Education in Texas
  • Workforce Q&A - Are private agreements to arbitrate employment-related disputes still enforceable in Texas?
  • Texas Voters Cast Votes for Job Creation
  • Member Profile - University Title Company - Quality Service with a Personal Touch
  • Talk About Business - Historic Election Shows Great Promise For Business
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October 2010

  • Why Medicaid Managed Care Is A Must
  • Workforce Q&A - Deferred Adjudication.
  • Voters support Lawsuit Reform. Will Lawmakers Listen?
  • Member Profile - Graham International - Texas Company Keeps Businesses Moving
  • Talk About Business - Prosperity if Priority One
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September 2010

  • TAB Takes Aim At improving Higher Education
  • Workforce Q&A - Federal Government Contractors and mandatory arbitration agreements.
  • Pro-Business Picks - BACPAC Endorsements
  • Member Profile - Red Fly Studio
  • Keeping All Americans Working
  • Talk About Business - No New Taxes - No Way, No How
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August 2010

  • TAB support "Texas Back to Work"
  • Workforce Q&A - Can a Texas employer adopt a mandatory direct deposit policy
  • Spotlight on Jobs: Socialize Your Recruitment Strategy
  • Member Profile - Durham-Ellis Pecan Company
  • 31st Annual Texas Employment Relations Symposium Wrap-up
  • Talk About Business - Time Is Wrong To End Bush Tax Cuts
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July 2010

  • TAB/Employers fight New IRS Requirements
  • Workforce Q&A - do the FMLA provisions override company policy regarding notifications?
  • TAB Leader Set to Retire
  • Member Profile - C.C. Battery Company, Inc.
  • Talk About Business - Drilling Moratorium Bad for Gulf, Bad for Jobs
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June 2010

  • EPA/Obama Launch Blow to Texas Economy
  • Member Profile - Standard Sales Company, L.P. Headquartered in Odessa – “This Bud’s For You” Selling The Red, White And Blue In West Texas
  • Workforce Q&A - Are we required to give our employee time off to attend briefings associated with their spouse's overseas deployment?
  • Talk About Business - Pelosi uses IRS to Punish American Employers
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May 2010

  • TAB Continues Pushing Power of Education
  • Member Profile - IESI - Partners for a cleaner Environment
  • Workforce Q&A - Legal implications of outsourcing HR and payroll responsibilities.
  • Talk About Business - Saving Lives, Saving Dollars
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April 2010

  • Business Groups Denounce ObamaCare
  • Member Profile - Evins Personnel Consultants
  • Workforce Q&A - What is the "Franken Amendment" and how does this new law impact employers?
  • National Affairs Conference Agenda
  • Talk About Business - Liberal Agenda for America: Destroy Middle Class
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March 2010

  • TAB Readies for 82nd Legislative Session
  • Member Profile - Summit Financial Group
  • Workforce Q&A - When are you required to investigate an employee’s complaint and what should be placed in writing?
  • Talk About Business - A Business Climate on the Brink
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February 2010

  • Leaders tackle education at 2010 TAB Annual Conference
  • Perspectives - Effect of the Tea Party Movement
  • Workforce Q&A - What is the &ldquoFranken Amendment” and how does this new law impact employers?
  • Talk About Business - Can’t Tax And Spend Your Way to Prosperity
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January 2010

  • EPA Pursues Radical Regulation
  • Member Profile - BGI Enterprises, Inc.
  • Workforce Q&A - Is an employee's electronic signature sufficient to establish that the employee received an employment policy?
  • Talk About Business - Success of Texas Business Hinges on Education
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December 2009

  • EPA-TCEQ Brouhaha Threatens Business Climate
  • Member Profile: Texans Can! Academy
  • Workforce Q&A - H1N1 and employee absences
  • Talk About Business - Four Horsemen of the Economic Apocalypse
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November 2009

  • Speaker Pelosi Passes “Worst Bill Ever”
  • TAB to Launch “Dream Big Texas” Program
  • Workforce Q&A - Personal use of computers at work.
  • Talk About Business - TAB to Spotlight Future of Texas Education
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October 2009

  • D.C. May Shut the Lights on Texas Business
  • Member Profile - Texas Instruments
  • Workforce Q&A - Importance of Policy Manuals.
  • Talk About Business - Why is Texas Leaving Its Children Behind?
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September 2009

  • TAB, Gov. Perry Fight Against ObamaCare
  • 2009-2011 Employment Law Handbook released.
  • Workforce Q&A - Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
  • Talk About Business - A Reality Check for the White House
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August 2009

  • TAB Leads Historic Education Coalition
  • Member Profile - Allied Oilfield Machine & Pump
  • Workforce Q&A - New FMLA Regulations, What you need to do now.
  • Talk About Business - Angry About ObamaCare? I Am!
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July 2009

  • TAB Helps Launch Call for CoverageCampaign
  • Member Profile - Texas Farm Products
  • Workforce Q&A - Workforce Reduction - Requiring employees to take unpaid leave
  • Talk About Business - America Needs Real Solutions for Health Care Crisis
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June 2009

  • TAB Scores Big in Legislative Session
  • Member Profile - Corporate Facilities Management Services
  • Workforce Q&A - Changes in the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Talk About Business - TAB Success is Due to Supporters Like You
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May 2009

  • TAB Legislative Goals Closer to Reality
  • Member Profile - United Supermarkets
  • Workforce Q&A - We’ve heard a lot about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. What is its significance and what practices should we adopt going forward to ensure compliance?
  • Talk About Business - It’s Time to Put Student Achievement First
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April 2009

  • UI Battle Heats Up In Texas Legislature
  • Member Profile - Providence Risk & Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Workforce Q&A - We are moving our plant to a different site. If some of the employees choose not to travel to work at the other site, will they be able to collect unemployment benefits if they quit?
  • Talk About Business - TAB Says No To Trial Lawyer Bailout
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March 2009

  • Lively Debate Highlights Immigration Summit
  • Member Profile - Sampson Steel
  • Workforce Q&A - How do you handle pay issues when you have to shut down the office or company when there is inclement weather? Do you need to pay the non-exempt employees?
  • Talk About Business - Obama Declares War on Texas
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February 2009

  • Annual Conference Sets Stage for Busy 2009
  • Member Profile - Talk O’ Texas
  • Workforce Q&A - How can I know that my company and our employees are working with a quality investment professional?
  • Talk About Business - Liberal Wish List Could Soon Be Reality
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January 2009

  • TAB Ready to Meet Session Challenges with Relentless Effort
  • Member Profile - Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
  • Workforce Q&A - What is the Employee Free Choice Act(EFCA) and should I be worried about it?
  • Talk About Business - Remove Roadblocks to Texas Transportation Crisis
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December 2008

  • TAB Chamber Conference is a “Home Run”
  • Member Profile - James Avery Craftsman
  • Workforce Q&A - What options do we have for retrieving company owned equipment?
  • Talk About Business - A More Imperfect Union
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