Georgia

Basic Employment Laws

Know Your Rights

  • Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know

    The new brochure, Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know, offers nuts-and-bolts guidance from the two agencies when employers consider the background of applicants and employees in hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment. > Questions About Your Background > Background Reports > If the Employer Finds Something Negative in Your Background > Where to Go For Help Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • If You Lose Your Job PDF

    This brochure will give you information on unemployment benefits, unemployment insurance appeals and ideas about other ways to replace lost income while you look for another job or wait for your unemployment benefits. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • Off to Work: What You Need to Know about Documents, Wages, and Taxes PDF

    This web page contains information about documents that allow you to work in the United States, employee status, taxes, hourly wages and other items that affect the pay you receive. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • Social Security No-Match Letters: Questions and Answers for Workers

    This Q&A addresses frequently asked questions about workers' rights when their employer receives a Social-Security no-match letter. Please consult an attorney to get an evaluation of your claims. The document is PDF format. Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • The Law and Your Job

    No matter where you work, no matter what your job, it's virtually certain that the law plays a big role in regulating the workplace. This web site contains information about: (1) How Law Affects the Workplace, (2) Major Federal Laws Relating to Work, and (3) Sexual Harassment. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • What is the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and How Do You Get One?

    What is an Individual Tax Identification Number, and how can an individual get one? Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project (NELP)
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    Spanish / Español
  • What to Do If You Lose Your Job PDF

    Explains "at will" employment and basic requirements for receiving unemployment benefits in Georgia. Content Detail

    By:
    Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
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    Spanish / Español
  • Employment Law Guide: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services

    This Guide describes the statutes and regulations administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) that affect businesses and workers. The Guide is designed mainly for those needing "hands-on" information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses in general industry. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Ending a Job

    This document discusses the following questions: What happens if you are fired or laid off from your job or if you quit? What happens if you become ill or are injured and cannot work? What is sick leave and how is it covered? What happens when you retire? What is a pension? What is Social Security? The document is an excerpt from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Know Your Rights on the Job Q & A PDF

    A publication by the National Council of La Raza to help safeguard Latinos in the workplace, Know Your Rights on the Job Q & A. The format of the Q & A is designed to educate Latino employees on their rights and how to combat common forms of discrimination often experienced by this group. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Employment Relationship Checklists

    These checklists are designed to assist organizers and workers when confronted with a minimum wage or overtime violation in a subcontracting or independent contractor employment situation. The checklists represent the three major tests for employment status under various federal labor and employment laws, in order of the narrowest to the broadest. The checklists are not exhaustive, and are meant to assist workers in determining whether there is an employment relationship with any number of possible responsible employers. Please consult an attorney to get an evaluation of your claims. The document is in PDF format. Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Enforcement of Federal Laws Related to Payment of Wages

    The Department of Labor enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. In addition to the FLSA, the DOL Wage and Hour Division enforces other labor laws related to wage payment. The web site also contains information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Immigration Act of 1990, relating to immigrants working under HB-1 visas. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Information

    This web page contains: Fair Labor Standards Act/Child Labor Laws, Regulations, and information to help everyone comply with the law. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Department of Labor
  • Get Information About Child Labor

    Today, approximately 80% of all students will work sometime during high school. Child labor laws ensure our youth will have the necessary time to pursue their education and be employed in a safe workplace. Georgia's child labor law was written in 1878 whereas the federal child labor law is provided for under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) enacted in 1938. When there are differences between federal and state laws pertaining to child labor, the law providing the more stringent standard is observed. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Department of Labor
  • Getting a Job

    This document discusses basic employment issues relating to getting a job, including laws governing hiring such as equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination, and equal pay requirements, excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español