Employment Regulations Block Job Growth

Prominent in the news reports today is the unexpected job growth that has just been announced. (So much for the value of government prognosticators!) As I was listening to that news report I also happen to be opening an email from my friends at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. They had sent me one of their One …

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Changes to Georgia Law on Restrictive Covenants

Sexy title huh? Well, not so much, (I can see your eyes glazing over now and you are moving the mouse). But stay with me a moment if you do business in the State of Georgia, have employees in the State of Georgia, or you would like to do business in the State of Georgia, because …

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Credit Checks: Yes or No?

As reported by the Wall Street Journal and by SHRM the EEOC has been holding hearings whether the use of credit checks on potential employees should be utilized by a company in making a hiring decision. Representatives from SHRM (tesitmony can be found here), the US Chamber of Commerce, the law firm of SeyfarthShaw, LLP, …

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US Department of Labor: It's War! And Employers Are The Enemy

In a press release issued April 1 (yes April Fools Day, but this is no joke) Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the release of the “We Can Help Program.” If you were a trusting soul you might think this was a program to help employers correct wage and hour mistakes so that workers would …

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Did You Know That OSHA Repairs The Holes in SOX?

There is an old saying that “You learn something new everyday.” (For those of you with memory problems that statement is “You learn something knew everyday”, LOL) Well today I did. I got One Minute Memo from the Seyfarth Shaw law firm entitled OSHA Steps Up Enforcement of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims. My first reaction to that …

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GINA is Here: Complying With "HER" Regulations

Ok, I know that I took some liberties with “Geena” to match “GINA” in sound, but hey, it is Monday morning. GINA, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act went into effect on Saturday and as of that date employers must comply with Title II of the act. (Title I is a requirment for insurance companies …

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EEOC Is Making a List and Checking It Twice and It Isn't Even Christmas Time Yet

Here we are in the middle of October. The end of the year is rushing toward us, probably faster than we want it to. The Halloween decorations will be down in the retail stores and they will be putting the “ThanksChristmasGivingDay” decorations up and Santa will appear in the malls. The song that features the …

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Stimulus = Free COBRA: Say What?????

According to an alert sent out by the law firm SeyfarthShaw, LLC, one of the provisions of the “stimulus” bill (also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009) is subsidised COBRA for people involuntarily terminated. Depending on what the final version is, employers will have to subsidise COBRA payments by either 50% …

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