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Current Trends in Employment Laws

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A Board Certified Employment Lawyer Specialist’s Viewpoint: When I first started practicing employment law over 20 years ago, the economy was in the dot com boom and employment law likewise flourished as employers needed employment contracts drafted and employees needed contracts reviewed. When the economy did a spin, contract-related work diminished, and consultations concerning wrongful…..Read More »

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Barrett & Farahany and Georgia State University Begin Ground-Breaking Legal Analytics Project

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In 2013, Barrett & Farahany commissioned a study to determine the outcomes of cases at a motion for summary judgment. The results were shocking: over eighty percent of cases were dismissed at summary judgment by the federal district court in Atlanta. A further study revealed that Atlanta’s federal court dismissed more cases at summary judgment…..Read More »

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Filing Workers’ Compensation for Coal Miner’s Knee Injuries

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In 1923, coal mining employed more than 863,000 coal miners.  Today, that number has dwindled to a mere 50,000. Coal mining accounts for about 30% of all electricity that is consumed the United States today. The U.S. produced more than 743 million tons of coal in 2016 alone. The mining industry has vastly changed over…..Read More »

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Tips to Consider When Applying for Disability Due To Knee or Back Pain

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Knee and back pain can severely impact your ability to work. Miners, carpenters, construction workers, and many more careers involve activity that may be inhibited due to lack of mobility or pain within the knee or back. However, workers who are incapacitated due to knee or back pain must still support themselves financially in order…..Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between Workers’ Compensation and Disability Benefits?

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There are some different avenues of financial support should you sustain an injury that disables you from performing normal duties at your job. Some programs designed to assist injured workers include state disability benefits, worker’s compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). You may be confused about which applies for your particular situation; read the…..Read More »

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What Are the Legal Responsibilities of Your Human Resources Department?

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In many companies, the Human Resources (HR) department may not garner much respect. Perceptions about HR may include feelings that HR is useless or is staffed with rule-obsessed nitpickers. The reality is that HR performs a vital role in helping the employer ensure compliance with workplace regulations applicable to the business. If you are a…..Read More »

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Working with Cancer: What Are Your Rights?

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Cancer is serious business. Even when cancer treatment successfully halts the disease, the recovery process can take months or years. In the meantime, cancer patients may have difficulty maintaining a normal lifestyle. The burdens of coping with cancer and/or cancer recovery may impact day-to-day activities, including work. It’s not uncommon for employees undergoing cancer treatment…..Read More »

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What Is Maternity Leave?

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For any parent, the arrival of a new child means a significant change in daily routine, possibly at work as well as at home. A lot of new parents are forced to rearrange work schedules to accommodate the new or expanded role as caregiver. This may include taking a temporary leave from the workplace, which…..Read More »

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How Do You Prove Race Discrimination?

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While the hope is that our society will eventually advance beyond all forms of prejudicial treatment, the truth is that discrimination is alive and well. Racial discrimination remains a significant problem, especially in the workplace. Unfortunately, people are still being denied employment, job promotions, and workplace benefits based on race.  Although race discrimination in the…..Read More »

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When Do You Have to Inform Your Employer About Your Disability?

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For individuals suffering from physical or mental disability, maintaining employment and reaching full potential can be challenging. Employers and coworkers may be apathetic about the unique problems that disabled employees have in the workplace. Disabled employees may even face accusations that they are exaggerating their issues to evade job responsibilities. Because disclosing a disability risks…..Read More »

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