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. Arbitration before a former judge or experienced employment lawyer has many advantages over having your employee's cases decided by a jury.
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.
By Bart Gary
Several years ago, Georgia adopted state-wide, minimum building codes applicable to all localities of Georgia, including cities and counties that had not adopted building codes. The building codes are developed by non-governmental entities who also sell the books containing the building codes. As a consequence, the building codes change often. It is a frequent challenge for lawyers, designers, building officials, builders and others to determine what code applies to a particular building or condition. The Court of Appeals recently addressed this thorny issue in a case involving the construction of a log cabin-style home in a rural county which had not adopted a building code.