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Archive for December, 2011

Motor Carriers and CMV Drivers Beware: The Ban on Using a Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Takes Effect on January 3, 2012

Posted on: December 29th, 2011

By Matt Stone

In a further effort to reduce distracted driving, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued rules restricting the use of mobile telephones while driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).  The new rules apply to drivers and motor carriers, as well as to school bus operations and vehicles carrying 9-15 passengers not for direct compensation, which are exempt from other FMCSA rules. (more…)

First E-Verify Reports Due December 31st

Posted on: December 16th, 2011

By David Cole

As the end of the year approaches, it is important for all Georgia employers to be aware of new requirements under the Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.  For cities and counties, their first annual E-Verify reports are due by December 31st, and their SAVE reports are due by January 1st.  Beginning January 1st, private businesses with 500 or more employees must use E-Verify.  Employers with fewer employees will have to start using E-Verify later in the year or next year. (more…)

New NLRA Posting Requirements

Posted on: December 5th, 2011

By Ben Mathis and Jonathan Kandel

After several postponements, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently announced that it is going forward with a new rule requiring most private employers to post notices regarding employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  The posting requirement will be effective January 31, 2012.  Codified at 29 C.F.R. § 104.202, the posting requirement applies to all private employers subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction.  A common misconception is that only unionized employers are subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction.  In fact, all private employers except agricultural, railroad, and airline employers are covered by the NLRB.  (more…)