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Georgia Workplace Law Affected by High Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling solidifying the rights of LGBT people in the workplace is sure to have a major effect on employment law in Georgia. The landmark decision, which originated as a lawsuit filed in Clayton County, confirms that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act bars employers from making decisions based Read More

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Complying with Corporate Annual Meeting Requirements during the COVID-19 Quarantine

How do you hold a corporate annual meeting when the entire country is in lockdown? On the surface, it might seem like a simple matter of using a favorite video conferencing tool and perhaps checking to see if it’s been hacked. Annual meetings for corporations are more than get-togethers. They are legally mandated proceedings that Read More

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Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of Read More

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Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits When Job Loss Is Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the federal government and signed into law on March 30, authorizes expanded unemployment benefits for Americans. Due to the major economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several distinctions from the traditional programs that states use to support employees who have been Read More

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Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a Read More

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What Steps Should Employers Take to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

As COVID-19 has plagued the United States, business leaders in every industry have gotten a crash course in virus prevention measures. Unfortunately, for many, the information regarding best practices has been confusing or even contradictory. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or a business owner, it is critical to know about the steps that should Read More

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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

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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

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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

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