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Archive for April, 2010

Employment Changes Come At Dramatic Pace

Posted on: April 20th, 2010

By Benton J. Mathis, Jr. & Martin B. Heller

The current Administration and Congress continue to make significant changes to employment regulations and laws.  This article summarizes some of the major changes that all employers should be familiar with.  (more…)

Win, Lose or Draw: How the New Health Care Legislation Will Affect You

Posted on: April 1st, 2010

By Ben Mathis and Marty Heller

The newly-enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), brings with it sweeping health care reforms which will undoubtedly alter the way every employer does business. The changes brought by this legislation, designed to expand health care coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured, supposedly will cost $940 billion dollars over the next 10 years, and most certainly will bring massive changes to the health care insurance industry. The legislation has varying effective dates, with some provisions taking immediate effect, while many others have staggered effective dates between 2011 and 2016. (more…)

Federal Contractor Obligations

Posted on: April 1st, 2010

By Mary Anne Ackourey and Betsy Turner

The passage of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 created a large pool of funds for various projects to “stimulate” the economy, and many companies are now considering entering into contractual relationships with the federal government as contractors or subcontractors. While federal contracts can provide a stable and significant source of income for companies, federal contractors and subcontractors are required to comply with a number of federal laws to which the companies would not otherwise be subject absent a contract with the federal government. (more…)

Georgia’s Tort Reform: What Happened? What Now?

Posted on: April 1st, 2010

By Sun Choy

On February 16, 2005, Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law the Tort Reform Act of 2005. At the time, the sweeping legislation was touted by its supporters as necessary in order to fix all that ailed the tort compensation system, especially given the impression that the system was in a crisis with too many frivolous lawsuits and too many sensational “runaway” verdicts. Perhaps because of the political environment, much of the Act was never discussed publicly and most citizens, including most lawyers, did not understand what was passed. (more…)