Author Archives: Todd Stanton

About Todd Stanton

Todd is the founder of Stanton Law, LLC in Atlanta, GA, where he is focused on helping companies avert employment-related issues without sacrificing managerial efficiency. “I take great pride in being able to provide counsel to employers and help them achieve practical solutions to what are often very personal, and potentially expensive, problems. I feel very lucky to be where I am right now, doing work I believe in. I really have a pretty good gig.”

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Is Your Organization Complying with the Notice Requirement?

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) of 2016 that became effective May 11, 2016 creates a federal private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation and provides remedies including injunction, damages, exemplary damages up to two times the amount of damages for willful and malicious appropriation, and reasonable attorney’s fees for the prevailing party under certain circumstances. But it also provides immunity to employees who     Continue reading

“I Need to Keep Track of What?”

In 2010, the EEOC received a complaint that Crothall Services Group was using criminal background checks and criminal history to make hiring decisions that had a “disparate impact” on African-Americans, Hispanics, and male applicants – that is, even though the criteria was facially non-discriminatory, the criteria disproportionally affected certain protected groups.  Before reaching whether Crothall’s selection criteria had such an impact, though, the EEOC came     Continue reading

Stanton Law Radio Time!

Manori de Silva is taking on the International Sector at Stanton Law. Qualified as an attorney in England (solicitor) and the United States, she uses her understanding of cultural differences to help European companies to do business in the United States. She also helps American companies navigate the complex web of worker protections in Europe. Click here to check out Todd and Manori on air with Atlanta’s Business Radio!         Continue reading

“Pregnancy Accommodation: Avoiding the Workplace Baby Blues”

An employee tells you she is pregnant. After the initial rush of happiness and congratulations, is there anything else to consider? “No problem,” you say, “she’ll work as usual. If she needs time off for a doctor’s appointment, no big deal. When she’s on maternity leave, we’ll hire a temp.” But what happens if she is unable to perform her usual job functions due to     Continue reading

Update: New Rules on Unpaid Interns

The work is piling up and you could really use an extra pair of hands around the office. But you’re managing labor costs. Even though the economy has improved, it’s a competitive world out there. We’re all doing more with less. An unpaid intern seems to be the answer. Talk about the best of all worlds:  your company benefits from an eager student ready to     Continue reading

Snow Day Issues

We’ve received several contacts from clients and other lawyers concerning employment issues that have come up as a result of the inclement weather. Here’s a few quick answers to common questions (under Georgia and federal law), but please let me know if you have others or need a more thorough explanation about anything covered here: Q: Do I have to pay my employees if I     Continue reading

Updated Form I-9 Becomes Effective May 8th

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a newly revamped and reformatted Form I-9, along with corresponding instructions and M-274 Handbook for Employers. The new form, with revision date “(Rev. 03/08/13) N,” must be used effective May 8th, after which date employers should no longer submit forms bearing the revision dates (Rec. 08/07/09) Y or (Rev. 02/02/09) N.  Enforcement of Form I-9 compliance     Continue reading

New FCRA Forms Mandated by 1/1/13

Never content with the current regulatory burden upon employers, our estimable federal government has decided that the existing Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) regulations and forms are insufficiently onerous.   Accordingly, one of Washington’s latest bureaucracies, the Consumer Financial Protection Board (“CFPB,” the agency that has assumed FCRA-enforcement responsibilities from the Federal Trade Commission), has issued new regulations that will, among other things, require employers to     Continue reading

When is Travel Time Compensable?

A recent call from one of my favorite clients prompted this post.  His question: I have non-exempt employees who travel internationally for business.  They sit on the plane for a long time going to and from assignments.  Do I have to pay them to watch in-flight movies? My answer: It depends.  And the factors on which it depends are really dumb. As you are aware,     Continue reading

Touching on the Most Common Issues

Most employers are too busy with their day-to-day operations to expend much bandwidth wringing their hands over the nuances of employment-law compliance.  With this in mind, take a quick look at a rundown of the four most common employment law issues we see in our practice.  Simply knowing that these land mines are out there can go a long way towards avoiding serious problems down     Continue reading