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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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Business Litigation: What Goes Up…

In August of last year a California jury found South Korean multinational electronics company Samsung Group guilty of infringing on several patents owned by Apple, an American multinational electronics company. The upshot was a $1.05 billion dollar damage award to Apple. In March of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh reduced the damage 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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Glass Ceilings and Maternal Walls

Cecely Rogers worked as a cosmetologist for retailer J.C. Penney at a Las Vegas store for two years. When Ms. Rogers relocated to Georgia, her employer indicated she was eligible for rehire. In June 2010, Ms. Rogers was pregnant and applied for work as a cosmetologist at the J.C. Penney store in Brunswick, Georgia. Told Read More

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Yahoo: Face Time and Family Responsibilities

In an effort to increase collaborative creativity, Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer at Internet portal company Yahoo ended the work-at-home policy of that company in February. Shortly after, retailer Best Buy ended its flexible workplace policy. These moves ignited a national debate about creativity, productivity and the need for flexibility in the workplace. Both Yahoo 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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