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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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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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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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