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Employers Have Homework to Do Over the Summer Vacation to Comply with the New Ban on Non-Compete Agreements

The new rule not only prevents employers from entering into new non-competes after the effective date....
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New EEOC Workplace Harassment Guidance Provides Long-Overdue Assistance to Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week adopted final regulations aimed at bolstering protections...
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New Salary Threshold For FLSA Exemptions From Overtime

Millions of additional workers are poised to become eligible for overtime pay, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) updated salary threshold for certain exempt...
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FTC Announces Bold Rule Banning Noncompetes

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule banning most noncompete agreements nationwide....
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EEOC Issues Final Regulations On The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week adopted final regulations aimed at bolstering protections...
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Defining the Relationship: The Labor & Employment Mentorship Academy Can Help

Jay Rollins partnered with Missy Torgerson to co-author an article in the February 2024 edition of the Georgia Bar Journal ...
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Two New Laws Provide Expanded Rights to Pregnant, Postpartum and Pumping Women

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it is a perfect time to update you about two new...
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Artificial Intelligence in HR Tools and Potential Pitfalls

As artificial intelligence (AI) sweeps the nation and the imagination of the public, everyone seems to be trying to figure ...
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New EEOC Guidance on Artificial Intelligence and Violations of the ADA

Adjusting existing legal guidelines to the new era of AI technology, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ...
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You May Need To Update Your Employee Non-Recruitment Covenants

Last month we posted regarding the use of employee non-solicitation provisions by employers in Georgia; this is a ...
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DHS Has Instituted A New Form I-9 And Modernized The Employment Verification Process

Federal immigration officials just made critical changes to modernize the I-9 employment verification process ...
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Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For Religious Accommodations

The Supreme Court issued a decision on June 28, 2023 clarifying the standard to be used by employers when workers ...
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Recent Georgia Court Decision Potentially Invalidates Most Employee Non-Solicitation Covenants

As the importance of retaining talent has risen to the highest level in the current tight labor market, covenants ...
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Pregnant and Nursing Workers Gain Critical Protections

On June 21, 2023, two laws took effect that expand protections for pregnant and breastfeeding employees in all industries ...
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The End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: What to Know and What to Do

The COVID-19 national and public health emergencies officially ended May 11, 2023, with the expiration of two emergency ...
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Kraken: COVID’s Most Contagious Mutation

As we enter the new year, and the fourth year of the pandemic, the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate. Two new Omicron ...
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Speak Out Act

A new law, known as the Speak Out Act, passed Congress with bipartisan support and is expected to be quickly signed into ...
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Lawdragon 500 Recognizes Schwartz Rollins As Top 2022 Plaintiffs’ Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers

As we all try to survive in the shadow of the global pandemic and an increasingly troubled economy, Debra Schwartz and Jay Rollins ...
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How to Meet the Quiet Quitters Movement Head On

The latest practice by Millennials and Gen Z workers has been dubbed “quiet quitting,” although it has nothing to do with ...
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CDC Loosens COVID-19 Guidance

The nation’s federal health authorities on August 11th significantly loosened many COVID-19 recommendations – including ...
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EEOC’S Updated Workplace COVID-19 Testing Rules

On July 12, 2022 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated Guidelines governing COVID-19 testing ...
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Advice Gleaned from EEOC’s COVID-19 and Vaccine Webinar for Employers

On April 11, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) conducted a public webinar broadcast aimed at offering ...
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CDC Loosens COVID-19 Mask Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday that the agency has adopted new metrics for determining ...
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EEOC Updates COVID-19 Technical Assistance Clarifying When COVID-19 May Be A Disability

On December 14, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 technical assistance adding a ...
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Appeals Court Reinstates Healthcare Workplace Vaccine Mandate for Half the Country

In the ongoing legal battles being waged across the country regarding the validity and enforceability of various federal vaccine ...
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Article by Attorney Jay Rollins Featured in Georgia Bar Journal – October 2021

Labor & Employment Law Section's Mentorship Academy is entering its fifth year and is stronger than ever. Check out the ...
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Schwartz Rollins Attorneys Recognized by Lawdragon 500 for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Schwartz Rollins Partners, Debra Schwartz and Jay Rollins, have been named to the Lawdragon 500 ...
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Confidentiality and Privacy Concerns Related to Collecting COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Most current COVID-19 safety protocols depend on vaccination status, verification and vaccine mandates and consequently raise ...
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EEOC’s Latest Vaccine Guidance on Religious Accommodations

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week updated its online COVID-19 technical guidance to further ...
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How to Handle Religious Objections to COVID-19 Vaccines

Now that the Pfizer vaccine has received full FDA approval, more and more employers are implementing mandatory vaccine policies ...
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The F.D.A. Grants Full Approval To The Pfizer Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine for people 16 and older ...
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OSHA Updates COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

On August 13th the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued updated guidance revising its June 2021 guidance applicable to non-healthcare workplaces that follow
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Alternatives For Improving Employee Vaccination Rates Are Critical In Light Of The Delta Variant

For months, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that individuals become vaccinated to prevent severe illness ...
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CDC Issues New Indoor Masking Guidance in “Substantial” and “High” Transmission, Including Atlanta

On July 27, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed itself on the issue of mask wearing for ...
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EEOC Provides New Resources On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in the Workplace

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and marking the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County ...
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OSHA’S Unmasking Announcement

Responding to a significant looming question of what actions employers have to take as a result of the CDC’s May 13th updates ...
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Georgia Extends Limited COVID-19 Liability Protections

The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (GCPBSA), which has been in effect since last summer, provides some protection ...
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Employers, Vaccines and the Recent CDC Guidelines

On May 13th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear ...
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COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

The COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available to most adult Americans over the age of 16. Now that most employers have returned ...
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EEOC Announces Opening Of 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection

After delaying the opening of the 2019 EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection on May 8, 2020 in light of the COVID-19 public health ...
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The Impact Of The American Rescue Plan Act On Employers And Employees

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create economic hardships and safety concerns for individuals and businesses, President ...
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OSHA Issues Detailed Guidance On Coronavirus Exposure Risks

In response to the Biden Administration’s new executive order on worker health and safety, the Occupational and Health ...
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EEOC Guidance On Vaccinations

Rather than summarize the EEOC's guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations issued on December 16, 2020, we have reproduced the Q&A ...
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The Latest Federal Covid-19 Stimulus Package

Last week Congress passed a nearly 6,000-page stimulus bill, which President Trump signed on Sunday, December 27, 2020 ...
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The EEOC Issues New Guidelines for Employers Wishing to Require Its Employees to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Yesterday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidelines for employers that wish to ...
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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization For COVID-19 Vaccine

As most everyone knows by now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s ...
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USDOL Revises FFCRA Regulations And Clarifies Employer Responsibilities

On September 11, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised Regulations for the paid sick leave and expanded ...
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Timekeeping and Teleworking During the Pandemic and Beyond

With telework arrangements expanding rapidly in response to the coronavirus pandemic, this week the U.S. Department of Labor’s ...
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Georgia Businesses Get COVID-19 Liability Protection

The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (GCPBSA) is now in effect and protects businesses and individuals in many ...
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Understanding The Legal Rights Of Pregnant Workers Generally And During The COVID 19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create hardships and safety concerns for all workers, pregnant employees and new mothers ...
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What Should An Employer Do When An Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in the United States and, as a result, more employers are dealing with employees ...
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As Schools Reopen, USDOL Answers Questions About Eligibility For FFCRA Paid Leave

On August 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ...
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Governor Kemp’s Latest Executive Order Mandates Rules for Many Businesses

The July 15 Executive Order demands that all businesses, establishments, corporations or organizations that are not Critical ...
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COVID-19 Is Here To Stay: What Every Employee Needs To Know

We have now entered our fifth month living with the Coronavirus Pandemic and although we had hoped that by now we would be ...
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Employer Considerations As Schools Reopen

As summer comes to a close, school districts across the country are grappling with how to re-open and get back to the business ...
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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will implement substantial ...
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Updated Advice For Employers From EEOC During These Unprecedented Times

Be Vigilant in Avoiding Age Discrimination Even If You Have Good Intentions. In the latest round of updates to its FAQs about ...
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ADA And Mandatory Masks For Employees And Customers

Reopening businesses face many difficult questions, one of which concerns whether or not to require employees and customers ...
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USDOL Guidance On Summer Child Care And The FFCRA

On June 26, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) issued further guidance regarding when an employee may ...
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Contact Tracing In The Workplace

One of the most challenging parts of reopening a business is encountering a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 among ...
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The Summer-time Child Care Blues

As businesses plan their re-openings in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are a parent, you are most likely facing ...
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Unemployed Georgians Can Get Increased Benefits Through the Georgia DOL

Over the last several months the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has updated its systems to distribute federal unemployment ...
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The EEOC Chimes In About Handling At-Risk Employees Returning To Work

Recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on what employers should do to accommodate workers who may ...
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Issues Employers Must Consider Before Reopening In This Pandemic

As America begins the process of trying to reopen, employers must start planning the return to more normal operations ....
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Returning Employees To Work Following Unemployment

With the enactment of the CARES Act, employees who are not working due to the pandemic are entitled to receive their ...
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Summer Child Care And The FFCRA

As businesses plan their re-openings, many employers are trying to determine how to handle employee requests for leave ...
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Georgia Governor’s Back-To-Business Order

On April 24, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued a detailed executive order to provide substantive details for businesses ...
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5 Steps To Reopen Your Workplace According To CDC’S Latest Guidance

The Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) just released guidance to assist employers in making decisions ...
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What Employers Need To Know About Georgia Allowing Reopening Of Businesses

On April 20, 2020, 18 days after issuing a shelter in place Executive Order, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued another ...
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How to Handle a Confirmed Case of COVID19 When Your Business Reopens

If you are contemplating reopening your business in Georgia, you must be ready to face the very real likelihood of COVID-19 ...
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Employer Recordkeeping Guidance From OSHA For COVID-19 Cases

The biggest trend we are seeing on the COVID-19 front this week is that those Employers that are continuing to operate are ...
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You Still Have Questions? The DOL Has More Answers

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a 124-page document full of regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act ...
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Documenting Employee Leave For FFCRA And Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service has now provided an initial guidance document to assist small- and medium-sized businesses ...
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What Employees Need To Know About Returning To Work During The Pandemic

After weeks of social distancing and working from home, the push to reopen the economy is accelerating, and Georgia ...
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The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Plan for Small and Medium Sized Business

The most significant provision of the CARES Act (which still has to be passed by the House)for employers provides ...
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Schwartz Rollins’ Wrap-Up for the First Full Week of the New Normal

It has been a week of significant changes. Schwartz Rollins is committed to helping both Employers and Employees ...
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USDOL: Straightforward Facts About Expanded Family And Medical Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with ...
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COVID-19 Update for Employers March 26, 2020

The Senate passed a bill late last evening to deliver $2 trillion in government relief to a nation increasingly ...
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Q & A About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

The EEOC enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ...
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Congress passes and the president signs a coronavirus law that is less burdensome to employers than originally ...
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Georgia’s Unemployment Rules Have Changed

This article covers the new Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) rules for unemployment benefits for both Employers ...
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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Affects You As An Employee

We recognize that at least in Georgia, most employees have been impacted in some way by the COVID-19 coronavirus ...
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Attorney Jay Rollins Receives 2019 Inspiration Award

In 2018, the Health Law Section created a new Mentorship Program based on the exemplary program that Schwartz Rollins ...
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Super Lawyers Magazine features Debra Schwartz’ Fight for Employment Rights

Debra Schwartz was featured in an article on Super Lawyers, highlighting her career and how she started fighting ...
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What Discrimination Plaintiffs Can Expect At Mediation

It is estimated that around 98% of all civil cases settle before trial. There are many factors that lead ...
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Rollins Receives The 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Marquis Lifetime achievement award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes less that 5% of Marquis Who's Who ...
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Rollins to Receive One of Fulton Daily Report’s Georgia Legal Awards

Schwartz Rollins’ Partner, Jay Rollins, has been chosen as one of Georgia's 2018 Best Mentors by ALM and the ...
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act Prohibits Discrimination Related to Breastfeeding

On September 7, 2017, in Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, No. 16-13003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh ...
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Jay Rollins Co-founds the Labor and Employment Law Section Mentorship Academy

The Georgia Bar Association is the organization that initially licenses and then monitors all attorneys in ...
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Debra Schwartz Honored with Advocacy Award

The Georgia affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an organization of civil rights ...
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Employers Frequently Violate the FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is an important piece of employment legislation that has forever improved ...
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Jury awards MARTA Lt. $700,000 verdict

A federal jury has awarded $700,000 to a police lieutenant on charges MARTA retaliated against him after he ...
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