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Archive for November, 2010

Passage of Constitutional Amendment Allows Enforcement of Employer-Friendly Restrictive Covenant Agreements

Posted on: November 1st, 2010

By Ben Mathis and Kelly Morrison

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. (more…)

“Last Call” at the Holiday Party – “Wake Up Call” for Employer Liability

Posted on: November 1st, 2010

By Sun Choy

As the holiday season approaches, many businesses and firms are beginning to plan their office parties.  While the focus is on the many positive benefits during the planning stages, it is easy to forget about the potential liability that comes with furnishing alcohol to promote more 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.   (more…)

New Insurance Products Available to Design and Construction Field

Posted on: November 1st, 2010

By Will Tate

General contractors, construction managers, design/build contractors and all types of trade contractors should note insurance carriers are offering new products.  Here are some things to consider before you next talk with your insurance broker: (more…)