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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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


Strange Laws in Georgia

Strange laws that regulate a variety of activities exist all over the United States. They tend to be limited to smaller geographic areas (like counties or cities). There are many strange Georgia laws.

One particularly strange law in Kennesaw, Georgia requires every head of household to possess a firearm of some kind as well as ammunition. According to the law:


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.


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.