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July 2011

FMG Client Named Nation's Top Employment Team

AGCO AwardAGCO Corporation, a long-time FMG client, won the "Top Employment Team" award at the Association of Corporate Counsel/International Global Counsel Awards in New York City on Thursday, June 19th.  Pictured at the ceremony at left are FMG partners Ben Mathis, Bart Gary, and Mary Anne Ackourey, together with Dennis Branch (VP North America HR), Lucinda Smith (Sr. VP, Global HR), Chris Hardin (Director, Risk Management), and Debra Kuper (VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary).

Over 3200 companies were nominated for ACC/ILO awards. Finalists for the Top Employment Team included Dow Chemicals and Warner Music.

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The U.S. Department of Labor Clarifies The FLSA’s Tip Credit Provision

Brad AdlerMarty HellerBy Brad Adler and Marty Heller

Many employers, particularly restaurants, routinely utilize “tipped employees” in operating their business and have followed the same protocols for years in managing such employees.  A recent development, however, will call for employers to reevaluate their tip credit policies.

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E-Verify Requirements of Georgia’s New Immigration Law Unaffected by Federal Court Ruling

Kamy MolaviLeanne PrybylskiBy Kamy Molavi and Leanne Prybylski

On June 27, 2011, United States District Court Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr. signed an Order enjoining enforcement of portions of HB87 that were set to go into effect on July 1, 2011.  Judge Thrash’s ruling, however, does not affect portions of the new immigration law requiring certain employers to register with and use E-Verify.

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Save the Date:

Labor and Employment Seminar

Topic: The Bermuda Triangle: 
Complying with Federal I-9, 
E-verify and Georgia's New Immigration Law

When:  Tuesday, July 26
              8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Where: FMG Conference Center (across from the Georgian Club), 100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339

Link to Details and Registration

Or call 770.818.1423


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