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Archive for February, 2011

The Budget, Immigration and Water Policy Dominate Early Session

Posted on: February 1st, 2011

By Bobby Baker

Yesterday marked Day 7 for the 2011 Georgia Legislative Session.  While the state budget and taxation reform will dominate this Session, immigration legislation and water policy will have a long-term impact on all Georgia businesses. (more…)

Whistleblower Claims Require Employers to Update Complaint Policies

Posted on: February 1st, 2011

By Ben Mathis and David Cole

Whether it is Title VII retaliation claims, Sarbanes Oxley complaints, qui tam actions, or other claims, lawsuits by “whistleblowers” continue to increase and now are among the most frequent federal cases.  Indeed, according to statistics released by the EEOC, retaliation for the first time outpaced race discrimination as the most common claim filed by employees in 2010, with over 36% of all charges filed alleging some type of retaliation.  This number will surely rise given the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, which held that even third parties can claim retaliation under Title VII if they suffer an adverse action because of their association with another person who complained. (more…)