Proposed DOL Guidance Broadens Definition of Independent Contractors for Oil and Gas Employers
Independent contractors have long been a mainstay in the oil and gas industry. Given the ebbs and flows of the industry, contractors allow for much-needed flexibility. But, using contractors can sometimes create risk, particularly if the relationship is not handled correctly. Care must be taken to ensure independent contractors...
Yes, the Blue Wave Hit a Red Brick Wall, but Now What?
There has been a massive increase in the size and scope of opposition to oil and gas in recent years. The calls for a fracking ban have come from every part of the left — from Bernie Sanders’ bill in January to ban all onshore and offshore fracking by 2025,...
How to Engage Utility Workers and Increase Safety by 70%
Employee engagement is an issue for many industries that rely on frontline workers. But energy and utility companies face unique challenges when it comes to connecting with workers. A widening skills gap and a growing labor shortage are adding up to a disconnected workforce. In fact, only 52% of utility...
Wyoming’s Powder River Basin Sees BLM Approval for 5000 New Oil Wells
There’s nothing like shale for resiliency. It has, time and again, prevailed over supposed deaths of its future. Indeed, from the very moment of its initial success, supposed “experts” have been predicting it was but a passing fad, a money pit or a disaster waiting to happen. Ian Urbina...
Inspiring Business Women: Jane Gimler
Jane GimlerCompany name: ABC Texas Coastal Bend ChapterTitle: PresidentSHALE: Tell me about your company.ABC Texas Coastal Bend Chapter is the leading association providing the most valuable resources for the Coastal Bend construction industry, dedicated to our members’ prosperity and promoting the free enterprise system. We are the construction industry...
Mushroom Barley Soup: Turkey, Chicken, Beef or Vegetarian
While “Deep Flavors” is a kosher-style cookbook, the recipes are eclectic, Tex/Mex to Cajun to Jewish soul food, to French, etc. This recipe is just one example, derived from a soup that my grandmother and Mom made, strongly influenced by ingredients available in Western Russia in the late 1800s....
The Texas Legislature Will Address a Big Agenda During its 2020 Session
The Texas Constitution requires the Texas Legislature to convene in Austin on January 12, 2021 at noon. Staying with their constitutional obligations, legislators must pass a two-year state budget and apportion the districts for Congress, State Board of Education, Texas Senate and House of Representatives seats as part of...
Raise a Glass to Texas’ Top Wine Counties
Would you like to see a wine list? Not a list of wines, but a list of Texas counties where you’ll find the best wines. Oil isn’t the only thing flowing in the Lone Star State. Austin happens to be home to some of the top wine counties outside...
The Pandemic’s Impact on Employer-Provided Medical Plans
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “new normal” for employers operating in these uncertain times. In the realm of employer-provided medical plans (“plans”), several COVID-related mandates apply, and opportunities are available for employers to expand coverage and provide cost-saving opportunities to employees. If not done already, employers should work...
How Will Retirement Change Now That Women Are Taking Charge? Four Key Ideas That Will Transform Retirement For Everyone
In the 1960s and 70s, working girls came out in force. They began careers in greater numbers than ever before, breaking through stereotypes and barriers to become an essential part of the economy. They changed how workers looked, thought and acted.  We were two of them. Now, we are all...