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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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When to Go to Human Resources

Employers typically use their human resources department for: job design and analysis, recruitment and hiring, training and development, performance, compensation, and legal issues. Employees often turn to their HR department when they have a question or a problem. This article focuses on when it is a good idea to take a problem to HR and how to document the communication.

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The Legal Difference between Earning a Salary and Being Paid Hourly

When you get a job offer, you should consider how your salary will be paid as well as what other benefits come with the offer. It is important to know whether the job will be paid on an hourly or a salaried basis. Hourly employees are always entitled to overtime wages salaried employees are usually, but not always entitled to overtime pay. However, some salaried positions are exempt from overtime. These positions are normally executive or management type job. Overtime pay makes a difference. As odd as it seems, it is possible for an employee to take a pay cut when they are promoted to a salaried position that is exempt from overtime.

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Top 10 Tips for Using Work Email

Email is a huge part of our world, our workplace and our private lives. Most people use different accounts: work accounts and personal accounts — all of which are accessible via the internet. Because of this, employees can face unintended consequences. Examples include termination for misusing work accounts, or accessing private accounts through their employer’s servers. Here are some tips to help you avoid problems.

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Using Sick Leave to Attend a Protest: Are Employees Protected?

Using sick leave to attend a protest is a controversial issue. Employees thinking of doing this should consider the consequences carefully—as sick days exist for a reason: in case of employee illness.

Nonetheless, one can see how, at a time of social turbulence, people are tempted to claim a sick day in order to attend protests. American citizens should be able exercise their rights to peaceful assembly and free speech under the First Amendment. However, joining a demonstration whilst officially on sick leave claimed from an employer is risky business. If the employer finds out, that could very well mean the end of employment. That’s because there are two separate subjects intertwined here: 1. the right to demonstrate and 2. the right to take sick leave.

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