How Much Time Off is Reasonable for a Religious Accommodation Under Title VII?

Title VII is the federal body of law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin or religion.  Title VII also bars retaliation against someone for having alleged such discrimination.  This is the body of law on which employees typically rely when, for example, they ask to be excused from work […]

Ms. Myer spoke at the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Law Institute on October 21, 2011

Ms. Myer spoke regarding changes in the law of restrictive covenants, copyright and other recent changes in the law pertaining to technology at the State Bar of Georgia’s Technology Law Institute on October 21, 2011.

Is a Secretary Exempt from Overtime Pay?

One of the common mistakes made by employers is assuming that office workers are exempt from payment of overtime wages simply because they are “white collar”.  The typical scenario is that a secretary is hired at a specified monthly salary, sits at a desk, wears nice clothes, is given a professional sounding title, and is […]

NLRB Postpones Posting Requirement Until April 30, 2012

A previous posting alerted readers to the National Labor Relations Board’s new requirement that a poster be displayed at virtually every workplace giving workers notice of certain rights.  The poster, available at the NLRB’s website, must be posted in non-union shops as well as in union shops.  In response to criticism by various business groups, […]

Exceeding Authorized Use of Company’s Computer Network May Violate Federal Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (based in California) recently issued an important ruling regarding the effects of an employee’s use of a company’s computer network beyond the scope authorized by the employer.  This ruling follows similar rulings that were issued by U.S. Courts of Appeals in 2010 here in the Eleventh […]

What is a Temporary Restraining Order?

WHAT IS A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER? Businesses sometimes have a need to stop – enjoin – a person or another business from doing something harmful to the business.  Often this occurs in the context of an employee leaving and taking confidential information with him/her, or a former employee attempting to divert business away from the […]