Personnel/Employment


HB 0152NegotiatingWorker's Compensation For Firefighters Diagnosed with CancerMicah Gravley
3/30/2017House Withdrawn, RecommittedIndustry and Labor
2017/01/27-Report2017/02/03-ReportDebra NesbitFire ServicesInsurance
InsuranceMandatePersonnel/EmploymentPublic 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 0182EvaluatingEmployment - Cannot Run Credit Checks Winfred Dukes
2/1/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd 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 0184EvaluatingGeorgia Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; enactWilliam Boddie
2/1/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation requires employers, including counties, to provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees for circumstances related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.  Reasonable accommodations include more frequent or longer breaks, time off to recover from childbirth, acquisition or modification of equipment, seating, temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position, job restructuring, light duty, private nonbathroom space for expressing breast milk, assistance with manual labor or modified work schedules if requested by the applicant or employee.
HB 0185WatchAllow Associate Probate Judges to Also Serve as a Judge Advocate in the MilitaryChristian Coomer
3/27/2018Senate TabledJudiciaryJudiciary
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic 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 0267OpposeMandated County Sick Leave Policy Kimberly Alexander
2/9/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
2017/02/10 - ReportCompensationGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd 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 0300NeutralState Health Plan and Federal Qualified Health CentersGeoff Duncan
2/14/2017House Second ReadersHealth & Human Services
Clerk of CourtDistrict AttorneysFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceJuvenilesLarry RamseyLaw Enforcement
Magistrate CourtPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and CourtsRetirement
Revenue & FinanceSheriffSolicitorsState CourtSuperior Court
Tax Commissioner
This legislation makes changes to the administration of the state employee health plan.
HB 0312SupportRetirement Plans - Allow Roth optionHoward Maxwell
1/1/2018Effective DateRetirementRetirement
CompensationFire ServicesGeneral County GovernmentLarry RamseyPersonnel/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 0315EvaluatingMinimum wage; increase; provideDewey McClain
2/14/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentMandatePersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation increases the minimum hourly wage from $5.15 per hour to $15.00 per hour.
HB 0339EvaluatingWorking Wages Equalization Act; enactErica Thomas
2/15/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentMandatePersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation increases the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour.
HB 0345EvaluatingGeorgia Pay Equity Act; enactPark Cannon
2/15/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentOpen Records/Meetings ActPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Georgia Pay Equity Act.
HB 0389EvaluatingSocial Media Privacy Protection Act; enactDoreen Carter
2/17/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Social Media Privacy Protection Act.
HB 0521EvaluatingMinimum Wage - Increase to $10.10 Hourly Erica Thomas
3/3/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentMandatePersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation increases Georgia's minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $10.10 per hour. 
HB 0552WatchFair Employment Practices Act of 1978; change certain provisionsKarla Drenner
3/10/2017House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentIntern 1Personnel/Employment
This legislation amends the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1978 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
HB 0627EvaluatingSexual Orientation - No Employment Discrimination Rich Golick
1/8/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd 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 0628WatchElementary and secondary education; performance ratings contained in personnel evaluations are subject to complaint; provideRich Golick
1/8/2018House Second ReadersEducation
General County GovernmentIntern 1Personnel/Employment
This legislation changes how school boards can discipline or terminate employees. 
HB 0662EvaluatingEthics and Efficiency in Government Act; define "sexual misconduct"; provisionsDar'shun Kendrick
1/10/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
EthicsGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation updates the definition of "sexual misconduct" as it applies to the General Assembly and state departments.  It also mandates training and education regarding sexual misconduct for members and employees of the General Assembly.
HB 0701WatchState employment; drug testing; allow testing for all forms of opioidsKevin Tanner
7/1/2018Effective DateHealth and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesIntern 2Personnel/Employment
This legislation changes the list of drugs for which the state tests for employment applicants from "opiates" to "opioids."
HB 0720EvaluatingEmployment; discharge or discriminate against an employee for disclosing certain wage rate information; make unlawfulSandra Scott
1/24/2018House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HB 0737NeutralCourt Ordered Blood Test for those Arrested who have Significant Exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C to Protect Law Enforcement OfficersClay Cox
2/5/2018House Committee Favorably ReportedPublic Safety and Homeland Security
2018/01/26 ReportDebra NesbitHealth and Human ServicesInsurance Insurance
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic 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 0789NeutralLabor and industrial relations; marketplace contractors to be treated as independent contractors under state and local laws; provisionsBarry Fleming
3/27/2018Senate TabledIndustry and LaborInsurance and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentProcurementTodd Edwards
HB 0795NeutralAuthorization for the Department of Labor to Require Background Checks on EmployeesMicah Gravley
5/8/2018Veto V11Industry and LaborInsurance and Labor
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic 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.
HB 0973NeutralEthics in government; lobbyists shall acknowledge and agree to abide by sexual harassment policy of General Assembly; provisionsJan Jones
7/1/2018Effective DateRulesEthics
EthicsGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HB 0987EvaluatingBuildings and housing; comprehensive state civil rights law protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment; provideSamuel Park
2/23/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
Code EnforcementGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HB 1002EvaluatingEmployment security; change a definition; provisionsSamuel Park
2/26/2018House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
HB 1005EvaluatingTorts; private right of action for damages suffered due to sexual harassment under certain circumstances; provideDeborah Gonzalez
2/28/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
General County GovernmentInsurance InsurancePersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and Courts
Todd Edwards
HB 1006EvaluatingSexual offenses; crime of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority; provisionsEd Setzler
2/26/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary - Non-Civil
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
HR 0361EvaluatingUnited States Congress; enactment of a Regulation Freedom Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; encourageDon Parsons
3/9/2017House Passed/AdoptedEnergy, Utilities & Telecommunications
911AgricultureAir QualityAirportsAlcohol/Tobacco
Correctional Institutions/JailEcon. Dev. & TransportationElectionsEmergency Management/PreparednessEminent Domain/Condemnation
EMS/AmbulanceFarmFinancingFirearms/Carry LawsFireworks
Forfeitures, Fees, and Fine Add OnsFranchise FeesGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesHospital Authority
ImmigrationLand ConservationLand Use/ZoningLaw EnforcementNat. Res. & the Environment
Personnel/EmploymentPortsPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsRetirement
Revenue & FinanceRoadsSewer/SeptageSolid WasteStormwater
TelecommunicationsTodd EdwardsTraffic EnforcementTransitTransportation
Utilities Water QualityWater Quantity
This legislation encourages Congress to enact the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the United States Constitution. 
HR 0969EvaluatingUnited States Constitution; ratify an Amendment - CABilly Mitchell
2/1/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HR 1224EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on the Establishment of a Living Wage; createDeborah Gonzalez
2/22/2018House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HR 1294EvaluatingJoint Study Committee on Comprehensive Civil Rights Legislation; createSamuel Park
2/23/2018House Second ReadersJudiciary
General County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
HR 1319EvaluatingHouse Study Committee on Expanding Georgia Law Prohibiting Discriminatory Wage Practices Based on Sex to Include Discriminatory Wage Practices Based on Race; createDeborah Gonzalez
2/28/2018House Second ReadersIndustry and Labor
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
SB 0028EvaluatingMinimum Wage Law; revise certain provisionsVincent Fort
1/23/2017Senate Read and ReferredInsurance and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentMandatePersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation increases the minimum wage in Georgia to $15.00, as well as ties it to the Consumer Price Index.
SB 0060Evaluating"Georgia Equal Pay Act"Horacena Tate
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredInsurance and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation requires employees to be paid the same rate as employees of the opposite sex working in the same establishment for equal work with certain pay differentials permitted.
SB 0063EvaluatingGeorgia Family Medical Leave Act Horacena Tate
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredInsurance and Labor
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesPersonnel/EmploymentTodd 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 0066WatchFair Employment Practices; filling vacancies of executive heads of state agencies; require at least one minority person be interviewed; definitions; exceptionLester Jackson
1/26/2017Senate Read and ReferredGovernment Oversight
General County GovernmentIntern 1Personnel/Employment
This legislation requires the state to interview at least one minority person for each executive head of state agency vacancy.
SB 0119EvaluatingFair Housing, Public Officers and Employees and the Merit System; discrimination based on sexual orientation; prohibit; public accommodations; provideLester Jackson
2/7/2017Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human Services
ImmigrationInsurance InsuranceJuvenilesLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd Edwards
This legislation adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected class under state discrimination laws.  It also adds a state level of enforcement of discrimination based upon race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity for places of public accommodation, such as stadiums, theaters, concert halls and other places of exhibition or entertainment.
SB 0155NeutralCreation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation CommissionGregory Kirk
2/28/2017House Second ReadersGovernmental AffairsPublic Safety
2017/02/17-Report2017/03/06 - ReportCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County Government
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
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 0201NeutralSick Leave - Must be Used for Care of Immediate Family Member Butch Miller
7/1/2017Effective DateIndustry and LaborInsurance and Labor
2017/02/24 - Report2017/03/06 - Report2017/03/17 - Report2017/03/24 - ReportCompensation
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd 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 0233NeutralReligious Freedom 2017 Marty Harbin
2/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredRules
2017/02/24 - ReportCode EnforcementCorrectional Institutions/JailGeneral County GovernmentLand Use/Zoning
Law EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsTodd 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 0254EvaluatingMinimum Annual Salary for Sheriff's Deputies and Creation of the Local Law Enforcement Officer Compensation CommissionMichael Williams
2/24/2017Senate Read and ReferredPublic Safety
Auditing/BudgetCompensationDebra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw Enforcement
MandatePersonnel/EmploymentPreemptionPublic Safety and CourtsSheriff
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 0296Evaluating'Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act'Curt Thompson
3/22/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
General County GovernmentGeorgia Bureau of InvestigationHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningLaw Enforcement
Open Records/Meetings ActPersonnel/EmploymentPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceTodd Edwards
This legislation enacts the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Relief Act. 
SB 0313WatchSexual harassment; presentation of classes to General Assembly members relating to; require; provide definition forElena Parent
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredEthics
General County GovernmentIntern 1Personnel/Employment
SB 0346EvaluatingRegulation of Medical Marijuana and Repeal of Existing THC Oil Patient RegistryCurt Thompson
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human ServicesLand Use/ZoningOpen Records/Meetings Act
Personnel/EmploymentProperty TaxPublic Safety and CourtsRevenue & FinanceSales Tax-Local
 This legislation provides for the regulation of medical marijuana for certain illnesses and purposes and repeals the existing THC oil registry.
SB 0366NegotiatingState Mandated Completion of Salary Surveys for Employees of the Sheriff's DepartmentSteve Gooch
3/23/2018House Committee Favorably Reported By SubstituteAppropriationsPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 Report2018/03/23 ReportCompensation
Debra NesbitGeneral County GovernmentLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPopulation Acts
Public Safety and CourtsSheriff
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 0367SupportAllows Payment Indemnification Death or Disability Payment to be Awarded to the Estate of Deceased Public Safety/First ResponderGregory Kirk
3/29/2018Senate Disagreed House Amend or SubPublic Safety and Homeland SecurityPublic Safety
2018/02/02 Report2018/02/09 Report2018/02/16 ReportCorrectional Institutions/JailDebra Nesbit
Econ. Dev. & TransportationEmergency Management/PreparednessEMS/AmbulanceGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Insurance InsuranceLaw EnforcementPersonnel/EmploymentPublic 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.
SB 0475WatchIndependent Contractors; certain employment benefits; funding; administration; and eligibility; provideElena Parent
2/22/2018Senate Read and ReferredInsurance and Labor
Personnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
SR 0073EvaluatingFamily Medical Leave Fund; create -CAHoracena Tate
1/25/2017Senate Read and ReferredHealth and Human Services
CompensationGeneral County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards
This legislation, if approved by the voters, would create a temproary family medical leave insurance program as per SB 63.
SR 0613EvaluatingEnglish is Georgia's Official Language David Shafer
1/24/2018Senate Read and ReferredRules
2018/01/26 ReportEcon. Dev. & TransportationEconomic DevelopmentGeneral County GovernmentHealth and Human Services
Law EnforcementMagistrate CourtPersonnel/EmploymentProbate CourtPublic Safety and Courts
Revenue & FinanceState CourtSuperior CourtTodd EdwardsTraffic 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.          
SR 0820EvaluatingU.S. Constitution; amendment; ratify -CANan Orrock
2/20/2018Senate Read and ReferredJudiciary
General County GovernmentPersonnel/EmploymentTodd Edwards