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Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

By Employment Law, News

On June 26, the Georgia legislature passed the much-anticipated law extending the liability protection provided to healthcare institutions, facilities and workers in the Governor’s Executive Orders dated April 14, 2020, to most all Georgia businesses. Except in cases of “gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm or intentional infliction of harm,” the legislation allows business to provide notification to individuals entering their premises that the individual and not the business are responsible…

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Appropriate Workplace Precautions After an Outbreak

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Businesses who have lost productivity or been forced to cease operations due to a positive COVID-19 test among their employees are going to be particularly cautious about return to work procedures and protocols for receiving guests. Employees, vendors, customers and guests may find themselves faced with seemingly arduous requirements. While it is far from our position to tell you how much is enough, as each individual situation is unique, there are some practical realities worth…

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When Body Temperature Is Not the Best Indicator of Health

By Corporate culture, News

It has been a rough spring and although the weather is warming, the promise of a better summer has yet to be made. Whether your business closed briefly, adopted a temporary work from home (WFH) model or maintained business as usual (BAU) throughout the epidemic – the health crisis, the economy and the protests are taking a mental toll on your workers. Now might be a good time to gauge the temperature and disposition of…

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Screening Potential Employees for Healthy Practices

By Hiring, News

Interviewing is challenging enough but in an era of social distancing, how best to evaluate candidates and still maintain proper distance can be difficult. Increasingly the first and sometimes the second interview is conducted via phone or video conferencing but ultimately employers may want to see a candidate in the flesh. Some creativity may be required to find a place that is both suitable for interviewing and comfortable for both candidate and employer. Instead of…

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Responsible Reopening Practices for Businesses

By Best Practices, News

The latest executive order from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued on May 12 and effective May 14, 2020 states that all residents and visitors: Must continue to practice social distancing Are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their residences, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors, and Must practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The order also continues to prohibit “gatherings of persons”…

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Making Decisions Regarding PPP Loan Disbursements

By Employment News, News

Key Points: Small businesses are starting to receive approval on their Paycheck Protection Program loans. The program is intended to enable rehiring of furloughed workers. Some businesses are using the funds immediately to rehire workers while others are evaluating other options. As businesses start to receive approval on their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, decisions will need to be made about furloughing or rehiring employees, depending on the business’s needs. The PPP’s Intent The Small…

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Are Hardship Withdrawals from Your Retirement Account a Good Idea Right Now? Experts Say No.

By Employment News, News, Retirement Planning

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains a provision that allows up to $100,000 be withdrawn from a 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan without the 10% early withdrawal penalty that is typically imposed on withdrawals made before the account owner reaches age 59-1/2. Those who decide to use this option can claim a “coronavirus related distribution” (CRD). According to Market Watch, a CRD can be taken by any person who has…

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GDOL Offers Unemployment Claims Tips for Employers

By Employment News, News

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed of the latest labor-related announcements, we wanted to share some information released for employers by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) this week. As the GDOL works to process an unprecedented volume of claims, it offers the following advice for helping them get benefits out to employees as quickly and efficiently as possible. Employer Filed (Partial) Claims All Georgia employers are required to file partial claims online…

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