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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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Georgia Jobless Rate Dips: Hope for Jobs Ahead

In an improvement paralleled across the country, the jobless rate in Georgia in February dipped to its lowest level since January 2009. With more jobs in Georgia and throughout the nation, hope rises for economic recovery after years of recessionary hardship. Improved job opportunities may also diminish discrimination against those hardest hit by job loss Read More

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FMLA: Adjusting to a Changing World

February, 2013 marked the 20 year anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by then-president Bill Clinton in 1993. The legislation enabled workers the unpaid right to tend to families and their own needs when injured or ill. Most recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded FMLA rights of active Read More

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Can You Sue If Your Employer Fails to Pay Overtime?

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, with US corporate offices are here in Georgia, was the subject of a recent Supreme Court hearing on the subject of unpaid overtime owed to their sale representatives. The sales representatives claimed they were asked to work extra hours although receiving only their ordinary pay. The GlaxoSmithKline case is one of many Read More

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Overtime Eligibility: Should You Be Paid More for 40+ Hours?

Whether Georgia and federal employment laws require your employer to pay overtime depends on whether you are a qualified worker and whether your employer is a covered employer. Any employer engaged in interstate commerce must abide by federal wage and overtime rules. Federal law classifies any business with revenues of more than $500,000 per year Read More

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Overtime Eligibility: Should You Be Getting Paid More for Your 40+ Hours?

In Georgia, certain workers who put in more than 40 hours per week must be paid a minimum hourly wage of $10.88. This figure is one-and-a-half times the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which is used in lieu of the state minimum wage of $5.15. Overtime wage laws were originally established to protect Read More

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