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February 2011

The Budget, Immigration and Water Policy Dominate Early Session

Bobby BakerBy 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.
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Whistleblower Claims Require Employers to Update Complaint Policies

By Ben Mathis and David Cole   Dave ColeBen Mathis

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.
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Approved Submittals Are Not Necessarily Contract Documents

Neil WilcoveBy Neil Wilcove

It is all too common on construction projects for architects or design team members to simply respond to subcontractor submittals with an approval.  When a subcontractor issues submittals for review by architect or design team members, it is in their interest to review them carefully.
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Murray Weed will participate in the American Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting in Atlanta.  Murray will present “E-Discovery, Public Records and Metadata” to the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division on February 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency.

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