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Georgia Ranks Among Top Ten States in Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

Sexual harassment takes many forms in workplaces around the United States. It exists when a boss seeks sexual favors in exchange for a promotion and when an employee is unwillingly exposed to explicit images while their trying to do their job. Though this type of misconduct occurs throughout the country, a recent review found that Read More

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FTC Announces Rule Banning Most Noncompete Agreements

For decades, employees, labor groups and economists have criticized companies’ use of noncompete agreements to stop former workers from obtaining a job within the same industry. Now, the federal government has taken bold action that should prevent nearly every business from placing limits on an ex-employee’s ability to work in their chosen field.  The Federal Read More

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Georgia Supreme Court Says CVS Can Be Held Liable for Shooting on Premises Even if Assailant is Not

A Georgia Supreme Court decision arising from a shooting in a CVS parking lot affirmed a decision apportioning 95 percent liability to the company and 5 percent to the victim. The pharmacy chain had argued that it could not be legally at fault if the jury assigned no liability to the actual shooter.  Georgia CVS Read More

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Georgia Court of Appeals Rejects Restrictive Covenant Lacking Specific Geographic Limitation

Most businesses are concerned about protecting their market share, and many try to do this by requiring employees to sign a non-solicitation agreement. Sometimes referred to as restrictive covenants, these agreements set boundaries on the work someone can do after they are no longer employed by the company. Though employers appreciate the benefit of these Read More

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Georgia Construction Contractor Fined for Denying Overtime Wages to Workers

Employers have come up with many ways to try to avoid their legal duty to provide overtime pay as mandated by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). However, businesses keep engaging in this illegal behavior, including a Georgia construction contractor that learned how serious consequences can ensue when they refuse to pay time-and-a-half. The Read More

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How Georgia Senate Bill 362 Might Affect Union Formation

Passed in one house and awaiting review in the other, Georgia Senate Bill 362 potentially could discourage union membership among businesses within the state. The bill aims to prevent businesses from collecting certain state-funded economic development benefits unless their employees’ decision to join a union is made through a secret ballot. Many legislators and business Read More

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How Georgia Regulates Restrictive Covenants in Employment

In 2011, Georgia adopted landmark legislation governing the use of restrictive covenants in employment contracts. It expressly permits noncompete, nonsolicit and nondisclosure agreements and sets presumptively reasonable scopes and time limits for enforceability. This statute represents a broad reform of state law, but not all employment situations are covered. The Georgia Restrictive Covenants Act (GRCA) Read More

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Employment Disputes That Are Well-Suited for Arbitration

Arbitration is a legal process often used as an alternative to litigation in resolving disagreements in the workplace. Employers can require employees to agree to arbitration of certain disputes as a condition of employment. These agreements are generally enforceable as long as they do not intrude on a federally protected right. In addition, employees can Read More

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What Are Your Remedies if You’re Paid Unequally Based on Sex

Employees in Georgia are protected by federal and state equal pay laws. The principal statute is the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to pay workers the same wage for similar work regardless of their gender. The state version essentially tracks the federal law. The Equal Pay Act prohibits pay discrimination on the basis of Read More

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Your Remedies if Your Employer Fails or Refuses to Pay You Overtime

If you work overtime, you are likely entitled to be paid at a higher than usual rate, known as “time and a half.” You might be surprised to learn that Georgia does not require the payment of an overtime premium, but federal law does, and employers in Georgia must comply with federal law. If yours Read More

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