Texas Workforce Commission Info for DLAT members

Texas Workforce Commission taking questions from dental lab owners

Tommy Simmons of the Texas Workforce Commission gave a very informational presentation at the Galveston Business symposium this year. He even hung around afterwards to answer our many questions. Those who attended received a handout of his presentation.  Also on the handout are direct links and phone numbers  valuable to you as a business owner.  Check them out below!

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September 12th and 13th, 2014

DLAT Board of Directors Meeting – Galveston

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Tommy Simmons to speak at the 2014 DLAT Galveston Business Symposium

Tommy Simmons of the Texas Workforce Commission

Austin, Texas

Mr. Simmons is to speak to a group of Dental lab owners and managers at this years DLAT Business Symposium held in Galveston, Texas, September 12th and 13th.

He will speak Saturday:

10:00 am to 12:00pm      Developing a Firm Business Structure for You and Your Employees

  • Hiring – Legal Issues
  • New Hire Paperwork and Reporting
  • Developing Legal Employee Policies That Work
  • Paying Employees Properly under Texas and Federal Laws
  • Documenting Employment Actions
  • Safe Handling of Work Separation Issues
  • Unemployment Claims and Appeals
  • Controlling Unemployment Taxes and Chargebacks

Mr. Simmons has asked that if any one has any special questions or issues you would like to hear about in the realm of employment law he will reasurch them and make sure they are covered in his PowerPoint presentation. If you have a question regarding one of the topics listed above:  Choose a topic in the forum below and leave your question in the “reply” section, or you can create a new topic! If you cant use the forum below just email your question to DLATmembers@gmail.com and we will forward it to him .

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William T. (Tommy) Simmons serves as legal counsel for Commissioner Andrade, the Commissioner representing employers at the Texas Workforce Commission, where he advises the Commissioner on final-level unemployment and wage claim appeals, assists business groups with employment-related legislation, and counsels employers on Texas and federal employment laws. Mr. Simmons has served as legal advisor to the Commissioner representing employers since 1987 and has given over 1900 talks before employer groups. He is the author of the book Especially for Texas Employers and is also the editor of the Employment Law Handbook of the Texas Association of Business. In 2012, the Texas Association of Business presented Mr. Simmons with its Lifetime Friend of Employers Award.

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Gary Morgan to Speak at the 2014 DLAT Galveston Business Symposium

Gary Morgan of SafeLink Consulting, Inc.

Austin, Texas

Mr. Morgan is to speak to a group of Dental lab owners and managers at this years DLAT Business Symposium held in Galveston, Texas, September 12th and 13th.


He will speak on Friday:

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm  Gary Morgan – Partnering with Sub-Contractors, Regulatory Requirements, Risks and Liabilities
Sponsored by SafeLink

Gary Morgan is Vice President and a Compliance Adviser of SafeLink Consulting. After completion of studies in History and Government at the University of Texas at Austin, Gary worked for three years in retail business management and human resources. In 1977 Gary joined Morgan Dental Laboratory, which his wife founded in 1975. Gary became a Certified Dental Technician in 1991. Active in the Dental Laboratory Association of Texas, Gary served as Legal and Governmental Affairs Chairman for DLAT 1987-2007, representing members before governmental agencies, the State Board of Dental Examiners, and the Texas Legislature. Gary began lecturing on safety and infection control in 1989 and is an Authorized Trainer under OSHA’s Outreach Program. Gary is also an external auditor for quality assurance (including the DAMAS system) and presenter at workshops and tradeshows on the topic of quality systems and health and safety. Most recently in 2008, Gary was awarded the Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement for the Dental Laboratory Profession by the National Association of Dental Laboratories. From 2008 to 2010, Gary served as Chairman of the Dental Laboratory Certification Council.

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Rendon Chambers to speak at the 2014 DLAT Galveston Business Symposium

Rendon Chambers of Express Dental Laboratory

Norman, Oklahoma

Mr. Chambers is to speak to a group of Dental lab owners and managers at this years DLAT Business Symposium held in Galveston, Texas, September 12th and 13th.


He will speak twice covering two topics:

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Friday: Business Structures/Operations in Building a Digital Lab – sponsored by Sirona

8:00 am to 9:30 am Saturday: Sales and Marketing Strategies to Grow the Digital Dental Lab – Sponsored by Sirona


Mr. Chambers graduated from the University of Oklahoma and is a Partner and Business Development Executive for Express Dental Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma.  Focused on generating new business to insure continual market growth, he assist dentists in recognizing the innovative and cost-effective benefits of implementing his lab’s products and services.  Leveraging the Sirona’s inLab platform internally and targeting Cerec dentist, has contributed to the lab’s continual month-over-month growth.  Providing excellent care and superior products, Mr. Chambers, and Expressed Dental Laboratory, are recognized by dentist as a trusted partner.

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DLAT mourns the passing of a fellow lab member

Nassif Michel Hamouch 
(January 25, 1955 – July 9, 2014)


Nassif Michel Hamouch, 59, of Carrollton, TX passed away at his home July 9, 2014 following a hard fought battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Nassif was born on January 25, 1955 in Monsourieh, Lebanon to Siham and the late Michel Hamouch, and he is the second oldest of seven children. Nassif lost his father during his teenage years and as the oldest son he stepped up to help his mother take care of the family. He worked to receive a degree in philosophy in 1975 while in Lebanon In 1976, wanting to be a pilot, Nassif made the move to the United States. His first stop was Gulfport, Mississippi, but after one month, his home sickness had him heading back to Lebanon for another year. When Nassif came back to America he landed out west in Oakland, California to join close friends from Lebanon. Nassif achieved his first goal of receiving his pilot’s license and then headed to Texas. Nassif moved to the Dallas area in 1979 and soon met Nancy Wyrick, originally of Carlsbad, NM, at a mutual friend’s house. For Nassif, it was love at first site and he was adamant on taking Nancy out for a date. After numerous coffee and french fry dates at Denny’s, the two of them became very close and Nassif knew he had met the one. Nassif had to return to Lebanon for one year, but their love never wavered. They wrote letter after letter during their time apart, and in 1981 Nassif proposed the idea of marriage to Nancy from half way around the world.

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Did You Know:


     ANY laboratory, or milling center, that does work for any Texas dentist, or Texas laboratory, MUST be registered by the TSBDE, and MUST employ a CDT who works on the premises for at least 30 hours per week.

     A Jurisprudence Assessment is required for every new registration, and every 3 years for a renewal.  This must be taken by either the Lab Owner, or Lab Manager.

     EACH Location of a laboratory must register separately and obtain their own TSBDE registration number.

     All registration renewals are due by Dec. 31 each year, and on Jan. 1, the late fees start to accumulate.

     You can take the Jurisprudence Assessment any time, as many times as you like, and you can also receive 2 hours of Professional Development from NBC to use for your CDT renewal.



Link to TSBDE Rules & Regs (Chapter 116 is Laboratories)



Link to Dental Practice Act on TSBDE website, (Chapter 266 for Laboratories)


Main TSBDE Website


Information provided by Brenda Triplett, CDT

DLAT Past President

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