Today is Workers’ Memorial Day

Today is Workers’ Memorial Day. Every year on April 28, the US Department of Labor remembers workers who have died on the job and recommits to fighting for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. Click here to read the U.S. DOL’s blog about Workers’ Memorial Day. The attorneys at Buckley Brown are available to assist you in making your workplace safer, by reviewing policies and procedures and conducting manager and employee training. We are also available to assist you in litigation involving workplace accidents.

Formal Protection for LGBT Americans Working for Federal Contractors

Although the majority of federal contractors have policies prohibiting discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, on April 8, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order formally prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. You can access the President’s comments on the Executive Order by clicking here.

What is – or isn’t – a “Motor Carrier” under the Georgia Motor Carrier Act?

In a recent case decided by the Georgia Court of Appeals, Morney v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, P.A., 2015 WL 1057959 (March 11, 2015), the Court articulated a broad interpretation to an exemption to the definition of “motor carrier” in the Motor Carrier Act, resulting in a narrower application of the law. In Morney, the plaintiffs filed suit after a family member was injured, and later died from those injuries, when a medical transport vehicle stopped abruptly, causing the wheelchair to flip over. The plaintiffs sued the medical transport company along with the company’s insurer. While insurers are typically not proper parties to a personal injury lawsuit, O.C.G.A. § 40-1-11

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