Georgia Legislature Passes Revised Restrictive Covenants Law

During the final hours of the 2011 legislative session, the Georgia Legislature passed a revised law governing restrictive covenants (covenants not to compete, covenants not to solicit customers, covenants not to solicit other employees and nondisclosure agreements).  The Governor is expected to sign the legislation, but he has not done so at this writing.  Although […]

Employment Basics for Small Businesses

Over the years, many start-up businesses have asked what they need to do to begin setting up their human relations policies.  While small businesses often don’t have the wherewithal to develop detailed human relations policies – and almost certainly don’t have a full-time human relations director – some steps should be taken early on to […]

What Is An Injunction And When Can One Be Obtained?

Television news programs often make reference to companies or the government obtaining injunctions against various types of conduct.  This article explains what an injunction is and when/how one might be obtained from a court. Businesses sometimes have a need to stop – enjoin – a person or another business from doing something harmful to the […]

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 […]

Georgia Legislature Tries to “Fix” Problem With Effective Date of Restrictive Covenants Law

Georgia faces a very confusing situation with respect to the effective date of its recent change in the law governing restrictive covenants in employment and other agreements.  Until recently, Georgia’s law governing noncompetes, covenants not to solicit customers and employees, and nondisclosure of confidential material was found in a body of Georgia caselaw that all […]

Biting the Hand That Feeds You: Facebook Postings About Your Employer May be Protected

BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU:  NLRB SAYS EMPLOYERS CAN GO TOO FAR WHEN THEY PENALIZE AN EMPLOYEE FOR POSTING NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYER ON THE INTERNET Employees are often warned not to publicly complain about their employer if they want to keep their job.  The thinking is that, like a dog, you shouldn’t […]