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Working for the Government: Discrimination Laws

Workers usually begin their jobs with hope that their relationship with their employer will be long lasting, positive, and fruitful. It is an unfortunate fact that this does not always end up being the case. Employment discrimination, at its most fundamental level, is bias against an individual or group because of their national origin, race, religion, gender or disability. Employment discrimination affects everyone—even those working in the public sector. Now employees in the public sector working for bodies that perform public services (such as the fire service or police) enjoy extra protection and rights.

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Disability Law: What Resources Can Help My Autistic Child Find Work

As autistic children grow up, their parents may wonder how to help prepare their children for adulthood. They may ask: “Will my child be able to live on their own or will they need more regular care?”, “Will they have a social network and the support they need?”, “Will they be able to earn a living and support themselves with their disability?”. While autism may affect some differently than others, it’s important to note that all people with autism have protections and rights when it comes to employment.

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Work Uniforms: What is Legal?

While employers legally can and do set the standards when it comes to the dress and appearance of their employees—employers have to adhere to what’s laid out in a federal law called The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FSLA sets the minimum national standards for employment. States and localities may also pass more stringent laws that provide increased benefits and protections for employees in their geographic areas.

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Politics: Can My Boss Make Me Contribute to a PAC?

Around election time, people become impassioned about politics and the political choices that other people “ought” to be making. This passion can follow them to the most inappropriate of places: work. At work, employers are generally encouraged to be focused on the job at hand. However, when employers are involved in a Political Action Committee (PAC), awkwardness can arise. This is intensified when superiors want their employees to contribute to a PAC—or to campaign for or against candidates.

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Georgia Legislature Considers New Anti-Discrimination Law

The State of Georgia may have an anti-discrimination law on the books. This legislative session includes the introduction of House Bill 849 titled the “Georgia Civil Rights in Public Accommodations Act.” The Bill was introduced by the chairman of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee Rep. Rich Golick and has wide bipartisan support. The Bill would ban businesses from turning away customers based on their race, color, sex, religion or national origin and applies to places of public accommodation including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, entertainment venues and other service industries across the State of Georgia.

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Gun Rights: Do They Apply at Work?

When you’re at work, the last thing you are thinking about is whether or not your coworker is packing heat. However, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 23,000 injuries occurred due to assault at work in 2013 in the United States. During that year, 397 people were murdered while at work. Workplace violence is real. If you’re a Georgian, this is what you need to know about staying safe at work.

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How to Talk to Your Lawyer

If your employment matter has not been resolved to your satisfaction and has progressed to the stage where you have retained a private attorney you will need to work with your lawyer to try to obtain the best outcome possible. Communication is the key to achieving this shared goal. Let’s be honest, most experienced employment lawyers are extremely busy. So, communication needs to be thorough, concise and effective in order to ensure that you and your attorney have a good working relationship founded on mutual trust and respect.

Here are 5 tips on how and when to talk to your employment attorney:

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Communication and Overtime: What Your Employer Legally Has to Tell You

Wages, hours, and overtime: These are common concerns of employees starting a new job. New employees might assume that their employer will follow the law when it comes to communicating issues about wages. However, unfortunately, many do not. Some don’t follow the law out of ignorance of their legal obligations, and others don’t follow protocol because they know that it is to their benefit to keep their employees in the dark. Worse still, many employees put up with situations where their rights are violated because they may lack other financial and employment options.

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In the News: Corporate Law Suits

Businesses are always on the lookout for developments in the law so they can learn how they may be affected. One particular law suit that has peaked businesses’ interest has been progressing through the courts for the last six years—and may finally be approaching a conclusion. It is a fascinating case and one that has implications for businesses across Georgia, their employees, and for society.

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Family Leave: Cases Won in Georgia

Balancing work and life is particularly difficult for employees who have a responsibility to take care of young children or elderly relatives. It isn’t always possible to take time off work for family leave to care for those who need us. If an employee is fortunate, their employer may provide policies that allow for this. However, this isn’t always the case.

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