Texas Association of Business
Texas’ leading employer organization

The Texas Association of Business (TAB), Texas’ leading employer organization, is pleased to present the Texas HR Library. We hope it will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.

Targeted, timely and comprehensive, this manual is considered the cornerstone guide of the compliance library. It covers more than 60 primary topics directly related to the employment process, from job descriptions through termination and beyond. Each includes practical advice on what should be done, solid advice on how to do it and a complete explanation of why it is important.

This updated and revised edition of the Model Policies and Forms for Texas Employers was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will make that easier and the examples, FAQ’s and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.

This manual is part of a series of publications prepared exclusively for Texas employers and made available by the Texas Association of Business in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Texas business community.

If you would like to know more about the Texas Association of Business, we would welcome your call at 512-477-6721or a visit to our web site at www.txbiz.org.


C.B. Burns

    Clara (C.B.) Burns is a Partner in and Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also licensed in New Mexico. C.B. represents employers in all aspects of workplace law, including advice and counseling, workplace investigations, handbook and policy reviews, and litigation defense of discrimination, discharge, and other employment matters in the federal and state courts of Texas and New Mexico and before numerous governmental agencies.

    Some of C.B.’s recent successes include:

    • Defense verdicts in cases involving workers’ compensation retaliation, sexual harassment, and retaliation in El Paso County
    • A permanent injunction, a monetary judgment and an award of attorney’s fees on behalf of an employer in a non-compete case
    • Defense awards in employment arbitration cases on behalf of clients, including a national hospital company, a major retailer, a global manufacturer of automotive products, and a national manufacturer of food safety products, involving age, national origin, race, and sex discrimination claims and FMLA claims
    • Summary judgment on behalf of a regional banking operation in Bernalillo County (Albuquerque, NM) in a multi-plaintiff sex and age discrimination and breach of contract case
    • Representation of the Texas Association of Business, which along with other business associations, obtained an injunction in the Northern District of Texas against the United States Department of Labor from implementing its “Persuader Rule”
    • Successful argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in which the Court affirmed dismissal of state law discrimination claims against a federal contractor operating at Fort Bliss, Texas, based on the Federal Enclave Doctrine.
    • A reverse and render judgment by the Texas Supreme Court, unanimously reversing a jury verdict against an El Paso employer in a workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit
    • Amici briefing before the Texas Supreme Court successfully advocating against extension of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act to existing Texas state law

    In addition to her practice, C.B. is the editor of the Family and Medical Leave Act chapter in the Texas Association of Business’ Texas Employment Law Handbook, and the author of the Texas Human Resources Manual, published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources. She also speaks frequently at national, state and local employment law seminars, including the annual Labor and Employment Advanced Practices Symposium and the University of Texas Labor and Employment Law Conference.


    C.B. has been ranked in the top tier of Labor and Employment Lawyers in Texas by Chambers USA. Chambers USA has recognized her as an “indefatigable litigator who is very thorough, tenacious, and effective in jury and bench trials” and as a “phenomenal employment attorney.” She has been recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer” and listed in Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers in America has selected her as a Lawyer of the Year for El Paso on several occasions, including as its Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017.

    C.B. also has been quoted on employment law matters by a number of media outlets, including the PolitiFact Texas, the Waco Tribune, and El Paso Inc.