By Ben Mathis and Kelly Moul
Passage of Constitutional Amendment One in Tuesday's election will bring a dramatic change to Georgia law on non-competition and related agreements. Last year, Governor Sonny Perdue signed House Bill 173 (H.B. 173), designed to allow employers more freedom to implement restrictive covenants for their employees, including non-competition, customer non-solicitation, employee non-recruitment and non-disclosure provisions. Before H.B. 173 could take effect, however, voters had to pass Amendment One, which changes the state Constitution to allow for this reform. With approval of Amendment One, H.B. 173 went into effect immediately.
By Sun Choy
It is easy to forget about the potential liability that comes with furnishing alcohol to promote holiday cheer. In particular, what happens if an intoxicated employee injures a third-party while driving home? Although the standard for employer liability under this scenario varies from state-to-state, a recent decision from the Appellate Court of Illinois should serve as a “wake up call” for all employers.
By Neil Wilcove and Will Tate
General contractors, construction managers, design/build contractors and all types of trade contractors should note insurance carriers are offering new products. The following article lists some of the new coverage options and serves as a reminder that evaluating risk is an important part of your design and construction business process. In some cases, reviewing details of risk management with your construction attorney may be worth the extra time and might just put you in a better position in the future.