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California Becomes the First State to Adopt a $15 Minimum Wage; New York Is Likely to Be the Second

USA - April 4 2016 California has become the first state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour state-wide. The $15 minimum wage rate will go into effect after a...

Drew Kifner, Susan W. Pangborn, Louis W. Doherty.

DOL releases proposed changes to white-collar exemption rules estimated to affect five million employees

USA - July 1 2015 Currently, an employee can be classified as an executive, administrative, professional, or computer professional employee exempt from the minimum wage...

Linda Usoz, Randall D. Avram, Kathleen Dodd Barton.

EEOC clarifies that Title VII protects transgender employees and applicants

USA - April 26 2012 On April 20, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) adopted the position that employment discrimination against transgender individuals because of their transgender status constitutes sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”)....

Susan W. Pangborn, Corena A. Norris-McCluney, David C. Lindsay, Kathleen Dodd Barton.

Georgia once again allows nonlawyers to file responses to garnishments

USA - February 10 2012 As we reported in our September 28, 2011 Legal Alert, the Georgia Supreme Court held last year that only licensed Georgia attorneys could lawfully file a response to a garnishment summons filed against an entity (as opposed to an individual) in a Georgia state or superior court, thus adding expense and delays to a procedure most Georgia employers and other business entities had traditionally handled through nonlegal staff, such as human resources or payroll personnel....

Chuck Rice, J. Henry Walker IV, John P. Jett.

Georgia's new law on employment-related restrictive covenants is enacted again effective date issues addressed

USA - May 12 2011 For over a year, the Georgia General Assembly has been attempting to reform Georgia's restrictive covenant laws to make it easier for employers to enter into and enforce these agreements....

Susan W. Pangborn, Kathleen B. Dodd.