Texas Court Keeps Franchise Tax on Partnerships

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that a business tax does not violate the state constitution and cleared the way for lawmakers as they attempt to change the tax in 2013. The tax enacted in 2006 was the first in the state to require partnerships to pay a franchise tax, according to Bloomberg. The tax …

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Severance Packages Should Be Closely Reviewed

As the country continues to slog through a tough economy, there are still companies choosing to downsize and many of those companies offer severance packages as a matter of policy. When an employee is let go and the company offers a severance package, there are a few things to remember about the process that could …

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Texas Supreme Court Ruling Narrows Scope of Anti-Retaliation Law

The Supreme Court of Texas this year decided that some state employees cannot file retaliation claims if they were fired after filing for workers’ compensation. Employees of Texas political subdivisions, or government groups that are confined by a specific geographic area like a water district, are exempt from retaliation laws set up to protect workers …

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OSHA Strengthens Whistleblower Investigation Manual

Employees who see violations in their workplace but are scared to bring them up because they fear for their jobs now have more broad access to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s whistleblower department. OSHA made clarifications to its Whistleblower Investigation Manual in September that open up avenues of access. Complainants now can file concerns …

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Fraud Alert Issued for Texas For Profit Proprietary Schools

An investigation recently found that for-profit colleges, also called proprietary colleges, are devising scrupulous recruiting practices that target single parents and low-income wage earners. These colleges then rake in federal funding by inflating their tuition costs to receive Federal Student Aid and Pell Grants. For-profit colleges’ are growing rapidly because two-year community colleges are becoming …

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First Transgender Judge in Texas History Arrives in Court

Phyllis Frye, formerly Philip Randolph Frye, recently became Texas’ first transgender judge. Frye was appointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and unanimously approved by city council, to Associate Municipal Judge on November 17, marking an historical event for the transgender legal community. Frye has been an active legal advocate and activist for the transgender community, …

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Do Not Be Surprised If Employers Fire Over Facebook Statuses Warns Dallas Attorney

With  all the news covered about family law cases and employment law cases  where social networking sites are used as evidence, federal authorities  have deemed it illegal, in a first case of its kind, to fire someone  over posts they made on their Facebook account concerning their employer  or workplace. In  one employment case, a …

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Two Dallas Companies Cited for Lead Exposure

OSHA cited two Dallas companies, Fortune Plastic and Metal Texas LLC, for allegedly repeating violations of exposing certain employees to lead. They failed health and safety inspections at their worksites and are facing $125,000 in penalties. A complaint was made alleging the companies were exposing their workers to lead after the workers were found to …

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Texas Wrongful Termination Verdicts are Mostly Retaliation Cases

More than half of retaliation cases consist mostly of Texas wrongful termination verdicts. A total of 63 percent of retaliation cases were filed by employees who alleged they were fired for filing workers compensation claims after being injured on the job. This has forced legislature changes. Therefore, bills are currently pending in both Senate and …

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