Compliance is key for any type of business to prevent unnecessary complications and penalties. Laws continually change each year, and numerous laws and amendments went into effect in Georgia as of January 1, 2020. For this reason, it is critical to review whether your business will be in compliance with all new provisions. The following are only a few examples of new laws that might impact your company.
New Overtime Requirements
The federal Department of Labor (DOL) updated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to increase the minimum income threshold for overtime exemption. Previously, employees could not be exempt from overtime if they earned less than $455 per week or $23,660 per year. Now, employees cannot be exempt if they earn less than $684 per week or $35,568 per year. An estimated 1.3 million workers are now eligible for overtime rates, including many in Atlanta.
Georgia HB 239
This law establishes a special business court that will hear cases involving many types of business-related matters, including copyright infringement, owner disputes, breach of contract claims, and more.
Atlanta Ordinance No. 19-O-1205
This law bans any type of vaping or smoking in or around workplaces. This includes areas outside of places of employment, and it includes restaurants and bars. Atlanta employers who previously allowed employees to take smoke breaks just outside the door will need to adjust their policies.
Consult with a Business Lawyer in Atlanta about Your Legal Concerns
Noncompliance can lead to complaints and reports to government agencies, which can result in investigations and steep penalties. It is important to take steps to ensure compliance to prevent unnecessary costs and liability. At Battleson Law, LLC, an Atlanta business attorney can review your situation and advise on possible compliance issues. Call 404.382.8149 or contact us online for your consultation about our business law services.