A. Bernard Frechtman, Esq., C.P.C. - July 24, 2017
Note: This article is not intended as legal advice. In all instances the reader is cautioned to consult with legal counsel when utilizing this information. A.BF*
Georgia Enacts “Mini” Fair Credit Reporting Act
The new law that took effect July 1st applies to consumer reporting agencies (CRA’s) that conduct business in Georgia, i.e., CRA’s that provide information to individuals domiciled within the state or whose principal place of business is within the state. The new law affords consumers (such as prospective and current employees) with protections that are very similar to those provided under the Federal Consumer Reporting Act. Other states having similar laws include Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Washington.
Connecticut Law Prohibits Pay Secrecy
Effective July 2nd the new law provides that the disclosure of an employee’s wages must be voluntary and it protects an employee who voluntarily makes such a disclosure or inquiry of another employee. Entitled “An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness” it was designed to narrow the wage gap between men and women and by halting “pay secrecy,” a practice described as hindering pay discrimination from being pinpointed,
Decision for Case Study Number Three
A temporary service sent a client a contract that contained a conversion fee obligation that the client did not sign. After the temp finished the assignment he accepted a job with the client. The temporary service sued for a conversion fee when the client refused to pay, claiming it had no contract. In this case there is a missing fact. Do you know what that is? Is the Temporary service entitled to the fee?
The court in deciding in favor of the temporary service stated that the contract came into existence when the client, after receiving the contract, continued to employ the temporary employee and signed the time card that also contained the same provision.
My friend Robert Half
Robert Half was my client and friend. For over 30 years I represented him and his companies. He was my friend and client. I spoke to him almost every day of our relationship. He was by far the most innovative and advanced thinker in the staffing industry, in his time called the “employment agency business.” He was at the forefront of several movements: to change from applicant fee paid to company fee paid; to eliminate licensing of employer fee paid employment agencies in New York, and, through an organization of other employment agency franchisors he helped create, throughout the United States; the establishment of the first professional level temporary service providing accountants and bookkeepers (Accountemps); the establishment of an international franchise organization of recruiters (Robert Half) and providers of professional temporary employees; and the elimination of the “Male” and “Female” columns in the newspapers’ “help wanted” sections.
He had a great talent for advertising and public relations on behalf of his company and created a secondary image in his name, making it synonymous with getting a job in accounting. He was also the author of several popular books about finding employment. But one of his little remembered talents was his ability to create small humorous sayings that conveyed the obvious, that he called “Half Truths.” I was fortunate enough to be a recipient of a collection of those sayings that he created over a lifetime. I included one in the beginning of each chapter in my book Staffing Industry Law. I have now included them in my articles. I hope you enjoy them.
“Life is unending, only individuals die. But their contributions are passed
on from generation to generation.” —Robert Half