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The HR Specialist: Georgia Employment Law

Georgia state law prohibits employers from penalizing employees for missing work to appear in court for jury duty or as a witness or to answer a summons or subpoena …

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Georgia’s minimum wage of $5.15 per hour currently matches the federal minimum wage (which Congress voted to increase to $5.85 per hour effective July 24, 2007). However, the Georgia Minimum Wage Law differs in some key aspects from the federal minimum under the Fair Labor Standards Act …

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Under Georgia’s child labor law, minors ages 14 to 17 must obtain employment certificates from their school or county school superintendent in order to work. (The law prohibits employers from hiring children under age 14.) …

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Even as the national debate over immigration reform rages, the Georgia state legislature has decided to act rather than wait for a federal solution. Recently, Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law one of the toughest immigration laws in the country …

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As a component of welfare reform, the U.S. Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. The law requires employers to track employees to expedite child-support payments. To bring the state into federal compliance, Georgia passed its New Hire Reporting Law to collect such data on employees …

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