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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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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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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The Texas Veterans Commission Puts Veterans to Work

Created in 1927, the Texas Veterans Commission was formed to assist veterans during the Indian Wars, Spanish American War and World I. They have continued to support and advocate for veterans since then, often by helping them get the benefits they deserve after their service. Through a series of programs they enacted, the Texas Veterans …

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Know your employee status to file an unpaid overtime claim

If you worked overtime and want to claim payment, know your employee status. Check this before submitting a request for payment. There is no question that if you work overtime, you should be paid for that overtime, no matter what some people think, say or feel. This is where the law comes in handy as …

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Whistleblower actions have been around forever

Whistleblower lawsuits have been around for centuries. Their impact is still significant. Another term for a whistleblower lawsuit is “qui tam,” and this form of legal action has actually been around for centuries. That certainly says something about mankind’s avarice and the drive to get money from the government in a fraudulent manner. Actually, the …

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