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ATTORNEY OF THE WEEK

Scott A. Agthe-Partner Scott Agthe is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, the highest honor available from the State Bar of Texas. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers for 2012 and 2013, and as a 2013 Texas Super Lawyer in the Employment & Labor category. He has over twenty-five years of litigation and trial experience with arbitrations and jury trials in state and federal court, and appeals to state and federal courts of appeal, including to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scott has handled hundreds of employment cases of many different types, including discrimination, harassment (sex, race, national origin, age, disability, religion, etc.), retaliation (workers’ comp, benefit claim and whistleblower retaliation), non-compete, trade secret, confidentiality, breach of contract disputes, ERISA claims, FMLA and FLSA violations (overtime, exemptions, minimum wage, etc.), and negligence (nonsubscriber work injury claims, defamation and other torts).

He counsels clients on pre-disciplinary/discharge and documentation, drafts human resource policies and procedures to prevent violations, liabilities and to promote compliance with employment laws (e.g., WARN layoffs, ERISA benefit disputes, COBRA, HIPAA, SCA, ADEA severance offers, etc.) and defends clients under agency investigation (e.g., OSHA, EEOC, DOL, TWC, NLRB, SOX, etc.).  Scott negotiates and drafts employment and independent contractor agreements, noncompetes and releases.  Scott designs arbitration and work injury benefit plans and waiver systems for clients who have rejected workers’ compensation.  He is also experienced with collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charges and union organizing disputes.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

The Master of Security Management for Executives (MSME) is an innovative program developed in collaboration with leaders in security management. The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the continuously changing security environment. The MSME is for individuals who have a vision of their future in the security industry and are able to demonstrate professional competency and commitment to their organizations and the community.

Delivery of the Master of Security Management for Executives is a two-year program offered on alternate Saturdays to allow the security professional to obtain the degree without interfering with their professional responsibilities. MSME instructors include current security industry leaders in addition to faculty from both the College of Public Service and theCollege of Business. The supervisory or managerial experience admissions requirement ensures students that they will be participating in class discussions and projects with other students who understand the leadership environment. A major element of the program design is peer interaction and exchange of ideas.

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