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Here’s a bit of good news that may prevent a big jury verdict: An employment-related whistleblower claim must be heard and decided by a judge, not a jury.

An attorney who once worked for Valley Forge, Pa.-based investment firm Vanguard claims the company charges its affiliates artificially low management fees, which illegally reduces its own tax burden.
You may have heard that employees have new opportunities to sue their employers based on local laws that expand employment protections and prohibit forms of discrimination that state or federal laws don’t include. Sometimes, that’s true. Fortunately, though, these new laws and their regulations may trip up employees and give you an opportunity to push for the case to be dismissed, as this recent case shows.
Government employees in Texas are protected from retaliation for blowing the whistle on a co-worker, supervisor or the agency where they work.

A federal magistrate has ordered notifications sent to a large group of employees inviting them to join in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit.

A federal court has refused to expand common law workplace protection for victims of domestic abuse.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Penn­­sylvania employers, has ruled that paying an hourly rate for temporary employees coming from an outside agency may mean those workers are your “employees” under anti-­discrimination laws.
Taqueria La Herradura in Pharr, Texas, has paid more than $33,000 in damages to its kitchen staff following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.
Under Minnesota unemployment compensation law, individuals aren’t independent contractors just because the company that uses their labor says they are.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed two pieces of legislation into law recently, regulating where and how Texans may carry firearms. As of Jan. 1, licensed gun owners may carry holstered handguns anywhere that concealed handguns are per­mitted—with some exceptions.
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