For Georgia business owners in the business formation stage, the summer can bring many unexpected aspects to small business ownership. There are many things that may not be considered during business formation, but could be necessary in the summer months. These are things that could be useful for continued success.
Contractors that outsource work to vendors may find themselves in a contract dispute over accident liability. In a recent contract dispute, The Georgia Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of the estate of a deceased worker against the city of Atlanta and its contractors, Holder Manhattan Moody and Hunt (HMMH). HMMH was contracted by the city to construct the International Concourse at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and A&G was a subcontractor to HMMH. In 2007, a worker was killed when a truck owned by A&G Trucking Incorporated struck him on the jobsite.
Contract disputes in Georgia can come in all shapes and sizes. Some involve wage and hour claims, while others may involve disputes about overtime pay or a perceived violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Sometimes an employer comes to a determination that it must part ways with an employee, and that decision can be complicated by the fact that customers of the company identify the employee with the employer. These decisions require a balancing act between honoring the terms of any written contract, honoring legal obligations as an employer and also mollifying a public that is wondering what the heck is going on.
Business litigation in Georgia sometimes arises following the departure of an executive from one company and going to work for the competition. The immediate concern of the former employer is whether or not the executive was in breach of contract by allegedly taking confidential information or trade secrets to share with the new employer. Virtually all large businesses require employees to sign an employment contract requiring, in part, that the employee promise to maintain complete confidentiality and protect any and all trade secrets of the employer.