Personnel/Employment (18)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 5/10/2019

HB 0152 NegotiatingWorker's Compensation For Firefighters Diagnosed with Cancer Micah Gravley
3/30/2017 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Industry and Labor --
2017/01/27-Report 2017/02/03-Report Debra Nesbit Fire Services Insurance
Insurance Mandate Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts
 This legislation allows worker's compensation benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer that, upon a preponderance of competent and credible evidence, can prove the cancer was directly related to their duties as a firefighter.
HB 0182 EvaluatingEmployment - Cannot Run Credit Checks Winfred Dukes
2/1/2017 House Second Readers Industry and Labor --
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation, with certain exceptions, prohibits all employers, including counties, from requesting, requiring or obtaining a credit check from a current or potential employee. Credit checks may be used if the employee or potential employee is being evaluated because the position is a managerial position involving setting the direction or control of the "business," involves access to customers', employees' or the county's financial information (other than the information routinely provided in a retail transaction), or involves fiduciary responsibility (including the authority to issue payments, transfer money or enter into contracts).  Violation of this law is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $500 to $2,500.
HB 0185 WatchAllow Associate Probate Judges to Also Serve as a Judge Advocate in the Military Christian Coomer
3/27/2018 Senate Tabled Judiciary Judiciary -
Debra Nesbit General County Government Personnel/Employment Probate Court Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows fulltime associate probate court judges to serve as a judge advocate general or other military role in a military reserve.  Under current law, full time associate probate judges are not allowed to practice law outside of his or her role as judge.  
HB 0267 OpposeMandated County Sick Leave Policy Kimberly Alexander
2/9/2017 House Second Readers Industry and Labor --
2017/02/10 - Report Compensation General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation mandates that all counties implement a sick-time policy and provide at least 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to their employees.  Paid sick leave shall accrue at the rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  The bill places several other requirements on these sick leave policies.  While ACCG has no issue with whatever sick leave the state may elect to provide its employees, we believe that counties are best apt to make their own personnel decisions.      
HB 0312 SupportRetirement Plans - Allow Roth option Howard Maxwell
1/1/2018 Effective Date Retirement Retirement -
Compensation Fire Services General County Government Larry Ramsey Personnel/Employment
Retirement
This bill provides that the state retirement system, as well as retirement plans offered by counties and other local governments, may include an option for use of a qualified Roth contribution program in a deferred compensation plan. As to counties, this appears to be a restatement or clarification of existing authority provided to counties under the Georgia Constitution.
HB 0521 EvaluatingMinimum Wage - Increase to $10.10 Hourly Erica Thomas
3/3/2017 House Second Readers Industry and Labor --
Compensation General County Government Mandate Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation increases Georgia's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $10.10 per hour. 
HB 0627 EvaluatingSexual Orientation - No Employment Discrimination Rich Golick
1/8/2018 House Second Readers Judiciary --
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation changes various state employment laws to prohibit discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Sexual orientation means a person's actual or perceived sexuality.         
HB 0737 NeutralCourt Ordered Blood Test for those Arrested who have Significant Exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C to Protect Law Enforcement Officers Clay Cox
2/5/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported Public Safety and Homeland Security --
2018/01/26 Report Debra Nesbit Health and Human Services Insurance Insurance
Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts
 This legislation allows law enforcement to request those arrested who have significant exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B, or hepatitis C to have a blood test in order to protect their personal health.  If the arrestee refuses a judge may order the test be administered with the cost to be borne by the officer, arrestee, or the Department of Public Health.  The determination of payment for the test shall be made by the judge issuing the order.
HB 0795 NeutralAuthorization for the Department of Labor to Require Background Checks on Employees Micah Gravley
5/8/2018 Veto V11 Industry and Labor Insurance and Labor -
Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts
This bill authorizes the Department of Labor to set rules and procedures for conducting background checks on certain persons employed by the department.
SB 0063 EvaluatingGeorgia Family Medical Leave Act Horacena Tate
1/25/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Insurance and Labor -
Compensation General County Government Health and Human Services Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation, if the referendum in SR 73 is approved, would create the Family Medical Leave Fund, a temporary family medical leave insurance program, funded through contgributions of employers and employees to help compensate employees for a portion of the wage loss incurred while on medical leave.
SB 0155 NeutralCreation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission Gregory Kirk
2/28/2017 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs Public Safety -
2017/02/17-Report 2017/03/06 - Report Compensation Debra Nesbit General County Government
Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
This legislation creates the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission to be housed within the Department of Administrative Services.  The Commission shall include a CEO of county or municipal corporation law enforcement agency, a sheriff , the Executive Directors of ACCG and GMA, two members of the Senate, and  two members of the House of Representatives, with the DOAS Commissioner serving as the chair.  The commission must meet at least semi-annually and provide on-going review of salaries and benefits using data required to be submitted by governing authorities.
SB 0201 NeutralSick Leave - Must be Used for Care of Immediate Family Member Butch Miller
7/1/2017 Effective Date Industry and Labor Insurance and Labor -
2017/02/24 - Report 2017/03/06 - Report 2017/03/17 - Report 2017/03/24 - Report Compensation
General County Government Personnel/Employment Todd Edwards
This legislation requires employers, including counties, that offer sick leave to allow their employees to use up to five days of the sick leave, which must be earned, to care for immediate family members.  Nothing requires employers to offer sick leave to begin with and the employee must comply with the terms of the county's sick leave policy.  Nothing in this bill shall be construed to create a new cause of against the county.  This law sunsets on July 1, 2020.     
SB 0233 NeutralReligious Freedom 2017 Marty Harbin
2/22/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Rules -
2017/02/24 - Report Code Enforcement Correctional Institutions/Jail General County Government Land Use/Zoning
Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts Todd Edwards

This legislation applies the Federal Religious Restoration Act to the State of Georgia and counties.  The Federal Religious Restoration Act prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religious unless it is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest.  

 

SB 0254 EvaluatingMinimum Annual Salary for Sheriff's Deputies and Creation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation Commission Michael Williams
2/24/2017 Senate Read and Referred -Public Safety -
Auditing/Budget Compensation Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement
Mandate Personnel/Employment Preemption Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
This legislation requires counties to pay all deputies at the same level as the minimum annual salary for troopers of the Georgia State Patrol.  Each year, the deputies must recieve the same cost of living increase as state employees.  The legislation also creates a Local Law Enforcement Compensation Commission to study salaries and benefits of all local law enforcement officers.
SB 0346 EvaluatingRegulation of Medical Marijuana and Repeal of Existing THC Oil Patient Registry Curt Thompson
1/24/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Health and Human Services -
Debra Nesbit General County Government Health and Human Services Land Use/Zoning Open Records/Meetings Act
Personnel/Employment Property Tax Public Safety and Courts Revenue & Finance Sales Tax-Local
 This legislation provides for the regulation of medical marijuana for certain illnesses and purposes and repeals the existing THC oil registry.
SB 0366 NegotiatingState Mandated Completion of Salary Surveys for Employees of the Sheriff's Department Steve Gooch
3/23/2018 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Appropriations Public Safety -
2018/02/02 Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report 2018/03/23 Report Compensation
Debra Nesbit General County Government Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Population Acts
Public Safety and Courts Sheriff
This legislation is based on the report of the Compensation of Police and Sheriff's (COPS) and requires that every county conduct a wage and compensation study once every five years or lose their qualified local government status.  A detailed summary can be found here.
SB 0367 SupportAllows Payment Indemnification Death or Disability Payment to be Awarded to the Estate of Deceased Public Safety/First Responder Gregory Kirk
3/29/2018 Senate Disagreed House Amend or Sub Public Safety and Homeland Security Public Safety -
2018/02/02 Report 2018/02/09 Report 2018/02/16 Report Correctional Institutions/Jail Debra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & Transportation Emergency Management/Preparedness EMS/Ambulance General County Government Health and Human Services
Insurance Insurance Law Enforcement Personnel/Employment Public Safety and Courts
This legislation allows the payment of death benefits to the estate of a law enforcement officer; firefighter; emergency medical technician, emergency management specialist, state highway employee or prison guard.
SR 0613 EvaluatingEnglish is Georgia's Official Language David Shafer
1/24/2018 Senate Read and Referred -Rules -
2018/01/26 Report Econ. Dev. & Transportation Economic Development General County Government Health and Human Services
Law Enforcement Magistrate Court Personnel/Employment Probate Court Public Safety and Courts
Revenue & Finance State Court Superior Court Todd Edwards Traffic Enforcement
In declaring English as Georgia's official language, this proposed Constitutional amendment, among other provisions, prohibits counties from adopting any law, ordinance, decree, program or policy using any other language for any official documents, regulations, orders, transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs or publications.  There are nine exceptions, particularly related to teaching English, public safety, crime victims and criminal defendants, and terms of art.  Any resident or anyone doing business in Georgia has standing to sue for injunctive relief for any violations of this provision.          
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