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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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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

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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

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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

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Harassment on the Job in Georgia Is Illegal!

What’s more important to the success of any Georgia business than a constructive work environment that is free from discrimination or harassment of any kind? Employees who feel empowered to meet and exceed their job responsibilities can have a tremendous collective impact on the economy of the state and the country. And U.S. employers must Read More

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What Are the Notice Requirements Under COBRA?

Navigating the legal requirements of COBRA can be overwhelming for employers, and employees and their families. There are several notice requirements and procedures under COBRA. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the notice requirements under COBRA include ― COBRA General Notice: Group health plans must give each employee and each spouse of an employee Read More

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Employment Pool Versus the Gene Pool

In the United States, people are protected from discrimination based on their sex, religion, race, national origin — and their genes. In 2008, then-present George Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Among other things, GINA provides the following protections: GINA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees, or potential employees in any Read More

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The Economy: Some Gains, Some Losses

We talked earlier about improvement in unemployment figures in Georgia in February. In March, the global leader in beverage manufacturing, Coca Cola, announced a round of cut-backs that will affect over 750 people in the United States and Canada. With brands including Coke, Sprite, Dasani water, Minute Maid and Powerade, Atlanta-based Coca Cola announced the Read More

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What Is Arbitration?

We talked recently about the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method of mediation. Another form of ADR is arbitration and it differs from mediation in several ways. A fundamental purpose of ADR methods is providing flexibility to stakeholders in a disagreement. Mediation is more flexible than arbitration and arbitration contains more flexibility than a legal setting Read More

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Mediation: A Good Thing

Disputes occur every day between an employer and employee, between businesses and between individuals. When people cannot resolve their differences they turn to others for help. In decades past, the only available option for a serious business dispute was the court system. Since then, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods like mediation have made things a Read More

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