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An Unprecedented Holiday Party Season

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Last year, nearly 76% of companies planned to hold holiday parties. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 23% of companies are planning a year-end celebration, and 74% of those will be virtual events, according to a survey done by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. This big drop wil...

Tis the Season for Wrongful Termination Claims

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Dec 11, 2020 | 1 Comment

Given the tough fiscal year for many companies, employers may be looking to cut costs and balance the books. One way they'll do this is by letting go of employees, even on the cusp of the holiday season.  Todd Stanton – principal of Stanton Law – and Amanda Farahany – managing partner at Barrett...

Can You Get Fired For Being Sick?

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Nov 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Did you know that your employer can fire you for virtually any reason? Most employees who are terminated immediately seek answers as to why they are being fired. However, since Georgia is an at-will employment state, employers do not need to provide a reason. And even if they do provide a reason, most any reason is sufficient, as long as it’s not a reason prohibited by law.

What You're Owed When Leaving a Job

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Oct 22, 2020 | 2 Comments

It's been a very interesting year for the job market in Georgia, and you may find yourself considering a change in employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, this is a necessary change as their companies downsize. For others, it's a chance to make a move they've been considering for some ...

The Role of Politics in the Workplace

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Oct 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The social temperature in our city and country is high and flowing into the workplace, be it through discussion or attire with a political logo, wrote Amanda Farahany, managing partner of Barrett & Farahany, and Todd Stanton, principal of Stanton Law, in an article published in the September 9, 2...

School is In, But What About Work?

Posted by Kathy Harrington-Sullivan | Aug 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Now that school has resumed for fall, working parents are again having to juggle work, childcare, and schooling. We want to be sure your workplace rights aren't another source of confusion, so in this blog we revisit the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) and boil down some key questions and answers the Department of Labor recently clarified about Extended Family Medical Leave (EFML) related to child care and schooling.

More Good News for LGBTQ Community

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

On August 17, a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) not to interfere with anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ patients by pushing forward with rules that the Trump administration wanted to take effect today. The jurist said that the new HHS rules are likely in conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision that federal law bans workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Good News for Gig Workers – In California

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

In employee-friendly California, a Superior Court judge ruled that drivers for Uber and Lyft should be reclassified as employees rather than independent contractors. This is important for workers because employees receive job protections that are not granted to independent contractors. These protections include sick leave, wage minimums, workers compensation eligibility, unemployment eligibility, and other job protections.

Safe at Work Act Has Potential to Harm (Not Help) Employees

Posted by Kevin Sullivan | Aug 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are pushing a bill called “The Safe to Work Act” that really should be called “Less Safe to Work Act.” The bill would shield businesses and healthcare providers from coronavirus-related injury lawsuits. It would introduce significant hurdles for employees, customers and patients who want to sue for corona-related negligence.

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