Georgia Workforce Ranked #1 in the Nation

July 13th, 2012

CNBC has released a new report ranking Georgia’s workforce #1 in the nation. Rankings were based on the education level of the workforce, the number of available workers and relative success of each state’s worker training programs in placing their participants in jobs. Click here to see the full rankings report.


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New California Laws Covering Credit Reports, Pay Notices and Independent Contractors

October 12th, 2011

New California Laws Covering Credit Reports, Pay Notices and Independent Contractors

On October 7 and 9, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several employment-related bills into law which will take effect January 1, 2012, including:

A.B. 22, prohibiting employers from using consumer credit reports for employment purposes except in limited, specific circumstances.

A.B. 1396, requiring employers to have written contracts with any employee paid by commission.

S.B. 459, creating penalties for “willful” misclassification of individuals as independent contractors.

A.B. 469, requiring employers to provide a notice to every employee at the time of hire specifying certain wage information including the pay rate and

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GA Court Upholds Employer’s Rights in Trotman v. Velociteach

September 13th, 2011

A recent decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals addressed the issue of an employer’s rights when a former employee, upon leaving, uses the company’s proprietary materials to establish a new competing business.

In the case of Trotman v. Velociteach Project Management LLC, the trial court awarded project management training company, Velociteach, $147,750 from former employee Floyd Trotman and his new company, CertiFi, based on breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with a business relationship, conversion, and misappropriation of trade secrets. The court also ordered Trotman to return all VelociTeach materials and barred him from using Velociteach’s customer lists. On appeal,

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2011 CFO Hiring Trends Survey

August 30th, 2011

The Intersect Group has released the results of the company’s CFO Hiring Survey. The survey was distributed to 541 Atlanta-based CFOs with 58 respondents.

The survey yielded positive results for the future of the finance and accounting function.

The survey found that:

– 47.4 percent of respondents plan to add staff in the finance and accounting function.

– More than 72 percent of jobs being staffed are being staffed by permanent hire employees.

– More than 50 percent of respondents indicated that they would hire between one and five employees, while 20 percent said they planned to hire more than 25.

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Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secret Protection Covenants in Sale of Business Transactions


by Alex Woollcott

I. Georgia’s New Restrictive Covenant Act

• On May 11, 2011, Georgia Governor Perdue signed into law Georgia’s new Restrictive Covenant Act (the “New Act”). While restrictive covenants ancillary to employment relationships are clearly the primary focus of the New Act, there are provisions in the New Act directly relevant to restrictive covenants ancillary to the sale of a business.

• Case law prior to the New Act liberally enforced restrictive covenants ancillary to the sale of a business. The New Act, interestingly enough,

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