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The Law on Getting Paid for Lunch Breaks

Employer policies on time and wages are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Act includes requirements around minimum wage, travel, training, and meal periods. While states may have additional rules in place on top of the FLSA, others (like Georgia) have no other requirements.

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Overtime: What Are My Rights?

In Georgia, whether an employee is entitled to overtime wages is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that sets the minimum standards. The law applied nationwide. Individual states are able to pass laws, which provide their citizens with greater protections than are provided by federal laws. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the FLSA is more exacting than Georgia law. Therefore, employers in Georgia will be in compliance with Georgia laws and federal laws if they comply with the FLSA.

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Can I Be Fired While on Jury Duty?

Jury trials are the cornerstone of the American judicial system. What goes hand-in-hand with jury trials? Jury duty, which is called duty, because you, legally, have to do it. This means that your employer may not fire you for missing work for jury duty. In fact, some states have made it a crime for employers to retaliate or intimidate an employee serving on a jury.

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Severance Pay: What Are My Rights?

Severance pay is typically part of a benefits package some employees receive when they leave employment. They can include benefits such as several months’ salary, payment for unused vacation or sick time, continued medical, dental or life insurance coverage, retirement benefits, stock options, and help finding new employment.

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FULTON COUNTY PAYS $18 MILLION FOR EMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

On November 18, 2015, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay over $18 million to settle a suit filed by Parks, Chesin & Walbert attorneys on behalf of over 300 County employees. The settlement is the latest in a series of claims alleging the County’s pay plan violates its personnel regulations. The County was forced to pay $4.6 million in 2014 for similar claims brought by judicial law clerks after losing a binding arbitration.

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Court of Appeals Clarifies Damages Required for Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim

The Court of Appeals held that dismissal of a law firm’s breach of fiduciary duty claim against a former managing member was unwarranted, even though the law firm failed to demonstrate it incurred damages or that the managing member obtained a benefit from his independent marketing activities. Helms & Greene, LLC v. Willis, No. A15A0361 (2015). Kirk Willis (“Willis”) was the former managing member of the Dallas, Texas office of Helms & Greene, LLC (“the law firm”) who eventually left the firm to start his own practice. While he was at the law firm, Willis was also marketing his own practice.

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