Georgia Legislature Passes Strict, “Arizona-Style” Immigration Bill
By Ben Mathis & Kelly Morrison On April 14, the Georgia state legislature passed immigrant legislation (HB87) on April 14, the final day of its 2011 session. Governor Nathan Deal announced that he approves of and will sign the bill. HB87 is strict, mandating that, effective July 1, 2013, any private company with more than 10 full-time employees, along with…
The Dash to the End of the Session
By Bobby Baker The legislative crossover day (Day 30) has come and gone with some interesting results regarding what bills are still alive and those that aren’t. With less than 10 days left on the legislative calendar, Sine Die is scheduled for April 14, and there is a lot left to be done.
Georgia Supreme Court Broadens Definition of “Occurrence” in CGL Policies
By Phil Savrin and Leanne Prybylski In a decision issued March 7, 2011, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that the term “occurrence” as used in commercial general liability (CGL) policies is satisfied where the loss is unintended even if the insured acted intentionally. Prior to this ruling, Georgia courts were divided on whether the…
Supreme Court Expands Retaliation Protection for Wage Complaints
By Mary Anne Ackourey In Kasten vs. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., the United States Supreme Court has prohibited employer retaliation against employees who make oral complaints of violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets employment rules concerning minimum wages, maximum hours, and overtime pay and includes an anti-retaliation provision that protects employees…