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Executive Order Regarding LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Executive Order Looks to End Federal LGBT Job Discrimination Can U.S. employees be fired for being gay? If the answer was “yes” before, it moved a lot closer to “no”, as President Obama recently signed a new executive order aimed at ending LGBT discrimination in the federal workplace. Each month seems to bring a new… Read More »

LGBT Job Discrimination Illegal? Federal Court Says Maybe

In a groundbreaking new ruling, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia suggests that discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While the decision isn’t binding outside the Court’s jurisdiction, it signals what could become a seismic shift in… Read More »

The Basics of COBRA

In 1986, Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). COBRA requires that most group health plans give employees the ability to temporarily continue health coverage, at group rates, that otherwise might be terminated. This is critical for workers, and their families, who would have otherwise lost their health coverage because the employee… Read More »

United States Supreme Court Raises Bar for Discrimination Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced two decisions, Vance v. Ball State University, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, which make it more difficult for workers to prove they suffered employment discrimination. In Vance, the Court narrowed the definition of “supervisor” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, rejecting the definition… Read More »

Why It Is Important to Draft a Partnership Agreement Correctly

There are many steps to consider when forming a partnership in Georgia, including choosing an available business name and registering it, opening a business bank account, and determining what tax and regulatory obligations the partnership will have. One of the most important steps in this process is creating a partnership agreement. Accordingly, it is crucial… Read More »

What Does the Davis-Bacon Act Mean for You?

The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) applies to contractors and subcontractors performing construction, alteration, or repair work on public buildings or public works, pursuant to federally funded or assisted contracts. Under the DBRA, contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics at least the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on… Read More »

New Laws Regarding Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants, such as noncompete agreements, are contracts that restrict or prohibit an employee’s competition with an employer during or after the term of the agreement. They are aimed at protecting a company from unfair competition. Georgia courts only enforce restrictive covenants if a business proves the existence of a legitimate business interest justifying the… Read More »

What is Continuation Coverage under COBRA?

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires group health plans to offer continuation coverage to employees, former employees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children, known as “qualifying beneficiaries,” when group health coverage would otherwise be lost due to certain specific events, called “qualifying events.” A qualified beneficiary is any person covered by a group health… Read More »

Have You Been Sexually Harassed?

Sexual harassment is illegal when it creates a hostile work environment or results in the victim being fired or demoted. A harasser could be anyone in the workplace, including a supervisor, a co-worker, or a customer. Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not formally list sexual harassment as a form of discrimination,… Read More »

What are Trade Secrets?

A trade secret is information regarding a valuable and unique method or technique that a business employs. Your trade secrets are the key to the success of your business. In order to invoke legal protections for these secrets, a business must make an effort to maintain their secrecy. But what if a trade secret is… Read More »