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Tessmer Tips / 23.05.2016

In Texas common law marriage, or informal marriage, is form of marriage that confers all the same rights as what we recognize as a formal or traditional marriage.   Prior to its independence, Texas laws were based on Spanish and European civil laws. In 1840, The Republic of Texas adopted the English system of laws known as “common law.” This mixing of legal systems is why Texas is one of the few states to recognize both traditional and common law marriage as legally equivalent.   Most common law marriages become important at the end of the marriage. For example, a spouse is entitled to...

Tessmer Tips / 18.05.2016

For months now, business owners have been monitoring and watching for the U.S. Dept. of Labor to announce its final decision on the minimum salary threshold to be paid to employees in order to qualify as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA). Today the decision was announced.     The new rule raises the current salary level for exempt employees from $23,660 annually to $47, 476 and goes into effect December 1, 2016.     Additionally, under the new salary rules, the level for “highly compensated” employees will rise from $1000,00 per year to $134,004 per year.     Many employers will be impacted...

Tessmer Tips / 29.04.2016

For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the subject of domestic violence: what it is, how to recognize it and where to go for help.  Today, let's sum it up:   Domestic abuse does not have to be physical.  Emotional or psychological abuse is just as devastating to a victim. Be alert for the signs of domestic violence and trust your gut instinct.  If you see something, say something! If you are a victim seeking to break the cycle of violence, make a plan for your safety. Call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation.  Don't hesitate!   If you or someone you...

Tessmer Tips / 28.04.2016

WARNING SIGN #9: A FIGHTER, NOT A LOVER:   The words ‘abuse’ and ‘relationship violence’ immediately conjure up mental images of physical fights, bruises, cuts, broken furniture, etc. Tangible violence is recognized when we see it; we can identify it when we hear it directed at someone. However, aggressive persons never end the first date by punching you in the face.  These behaviors manifest over time. Clearly, acts of aggression toward animals or children would be considered ‘red flags.” However, the abuser may act out his aggressions in other ways that will indicate his abusive personality. Aggressive individuals often have little patience,...

Tessmer Tips / 27.04.2016

WARNING SIGN #8: “I’M JUST SAYIN’”:   He is always joking around, but his “jokes” are filled with malicious sarcasm and condescending undertones. Sometimes his humor seems innocent and just poorly timed; at other times his hostility is unmistakably purposeful. When he is not poking fun at others, his direct conversations will likely be condescending, cruel or rude in nature. Listen to the way he talks about his ex; does he become angry, call her names, or use insulting descriptions in an effort to blame her for the demise of that relationship? Consider that these comments are directed at others for now;...

Tessmer Tips / 26.04.2016

WARNING SIGN #7: THIN SKIN:   Abusers tend to have low self-esteem, so they are easily upset or insulted. They tend to make a big deal out of nothing, focus on insignificant details or comments, and assume that any difference of opinion is a direct personal attack.  Abusers are highly inpatient, excessively critical of others, and lack the ability to forgive others. He may often claim that you have ‘hurt’ him; even your smallest transgressions cause him emotional pain. While his petty attitudes and outrageous emotional responses seem unfounded, you will eventually feel devalued and question your sensibilities.  You will often...