Tag: georgia state law

Question:  What are the rules for court-ordered wage garnishments in the State of Georgia? Answer:  Georgia law follows federal law in determining the amount of disposable earnings exempt from a garnishment order. The maximum that employers can withhold is the lesser of 25 percent of disposable earnings or the amount by which weekly disposable earnings…

Question:  What are the Georgia Laws regarding the smoking breaks for exempt/salaried employees? Answer:  The short answer is that there are no laws governing smoking breaks for employees, so you are free to set a company policy that fits your organization’s standards.  Georgia employment laws regarding meal and rest periods follow the federal Fair Labor…

Question:  What are the Georgia garnishment rules for deductions?  Do we deduct the taxes and all voluntary deductions and then apply the garnishment percentage or do we deduct only the required deductions, take the garnishment percentage off and then deduct the voluntary deductions? Answer: Georgia law follows federal law in determining the amount of disposable earnings…

Question: We are developing a maternity/paternity leave policy for employees in the states of New York, Virginia, and Georgia, and want to have one plan for consistency and ease of administration.  What advice can you provide about the issues we should consider? Answer: First of all, in order to have one plan “fit” for all…

Question:  Must a Georgia employer provide a former employee with a copy of her personnel file upon request? Answer: Georgia does not confer any statutory right for either current or former employees in private sector companies to review their personnel files, let alone make a copy.  Federal law does not address this issue either.  There…

Question:  Can a Georgia employer deduct the cost of a company laptop that was not returned to the employer from a terminated employee’s final paycheck? Answer: Georgia law has few specific provisions regulating payroll deductions. Employers must make deductions from wages as required by law for such things as federal, state, or local income tax…