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Archive for January, 2011

The Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Protections To Third Party Family Members

Posted on: January 26th, 2011

By Bradley Adler and Marty Heller

In an opinion released on January 24, 2011, the Supreme Court held that third parties may have a cause of action for retaliation under Title VII if they suffer an adverse employment action due to their connection with a person who has filed an EEOC Charge.  Thompson v. N. Am. Stainless, LP, 09-291, 2011 WL 197638 (U.S. Jan. 24, 2011). (more…)

EEOC Issues Final Regulations On Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Posted on: January 17th, 2011

By: Ben Mathis and Jonathan Kandel

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued final rules related to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”).  Title II of GINA, which became effective on November 21, 2009, makes it unlawful for covered employers to discriminate on the basis of “genetic information.”  In addition, covered employers are prohibited from requesting, requiring, or purchasing “genetic information.”  Title II applies to private and public employers with 15 or more employees. (more…)

Want to Avoid Juries–Why Not Try Arbitration?

Posted on: January 1st, 2011

By Ben Mathis

The beginning of the New Year is not just a good time for personal resolutions, but also is a good time to consider important Human Resource policy changes. One idea that more and more employers are putting into place is mandatory arbitration agreements that cover legal claims by employees. (more…)

2011 Legislature All About the Budget

Posted on: January 1st, 2011

By Bobby Baker

The 2011 session of the General Assembly will be dominated by the state budget shortfall. Current estimates are that the budget will have to be cut between $1.5 and $2.0 billion to meet expected revenue for FY 2011. Reduced tax collections and the elimination of federal subsidies will force significant budget cuts for all state agencies unless the Legislature can identify new sources of revenue or is willing to consider selective tax increases. (more…)

FMG Adds New Attorneys – New Associates

Posted on: January 1st, 2011

C. Whitfield Caughman joined the firm as an Associate and practices in the firm’s Business Liability and Insurance Law Practice Group. She focuses on professional liability matters, including directors and officers and medical malpractice litigation. Ms. Caughman received her B.A. in English, with a minor in Sociology from Emory University. She graduated from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. At Tulane, Ms. Caughman graduated cum laude and served on the Moot Court Executive Board. She also was a division champion in the ABA Regional Mediation Competition and competed in the national championship. Ms. Caughman served as the Communications Editor and was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. She is a member of the Georgia Bar. (more…)