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Crossroads Christian Church Owes Former Executive Pastor and Executive Assistant $3.7 Million in Retirement Benefits, Fort Worth Jury Finds 

A Tarrant County jury delivered a $3.7 million verdict against Crossroads Christian Church for failing to provide supplemental retirement benefits to its former Executive Pastor and his wife, both of whom served the church for more than 20 years. Mel Dietz, who previously served as Executive Pastor from 1995–2015, helped oversee church operations and multiple construction projects on Crossroads’ sprawling 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie. His wife, Vicki Dietz, worked directly for Crossroads’…

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Why Executives Should Negotiate an Indemnity Clause into Employment Agreements

Indemnification is a legal concept included in many contracts whereby one party agrees to compensate and defend the other party for any damage or liability incurred due to certain acts. Indemnity clauses are a way to contractually transfer financial liability. When an indemnity clause is triggered, the party agreeing to indemnify (the indemnitor) pays the costs, expenses, and fees incurred…

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Clouse Brown Featured in Texas Lawyer

Texas Lawyer newspaper has published a report based on our recent blog post about the best practices for employers for Take Your Dog to Work Day, which is this Friday, June 22. After we issued our recommendations, I spoke with reporter John Council about the importance of businesses having a solid plan before inviting employees to bring their pets to…

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