Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Creating a Better State of Business

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s oldest and largest state business organizations, is pleased to present the Georgia HR Library. We hope it will help you operate your business more efficiently and avoid the hidden pitfalls that lurk among the maze known as HR.

Targeted, timely and comprehensive, these resources are cover more than thirty primary topics directly related to the employment process, from job descriptions through termination and beyond. Each resource includes practical advice on what should be done, solid advice on how to do it and a complete explanation of why it is important.

This updated and revised edition of the Georgia HR Library was not written as a response to employee-related problems, but to help you avoid them. The guidelines and checklists will make that easier and the examples, FAQ’s and step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to know that you are on solid ground.

This series of publications is prepared exclusively for Georgia employers and made available by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in a continuing effort to provide reliable and practical information for our members and the Georgia business community.

If you would like to know more about the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, we would welcome your call at 404-223-2264 or a visit to our web site at


Dannah Rodriguez

    Dannah Rodriguez is an Associate with Constangy and works out of the Macon office. She graduated from University of Georgia with a degree in Business Management. She attended Mercer Law School and graduated within the top ten people in her class. Upon graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge Tilman E. Self.  

    Dannah is married to her husband, Jose. Together they have one child Kara. In her spare time, Dannah enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, Kalel (German Shepherd) and Karma (Bernese Mountain Dog).

    Practices Employment Litigation Prevention & Defense

    Education Mercer Law School J.D., magna cum laude, 2015 University of Georgia B.A., 2012

    Bar & Court Admissions Georgia, 2015

Patricia-Anne Upson

    Patricia-Anne represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. She counsels and defends employers, in actions brought under state common law and federal law, including Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FLSA, and FMLA. She advises clients on a range of practical management and employer issues such as hiring and termination, disability and leave issues, employment policies and practices, employment agreements and separation agreements. Patricia-Anne is also a contributing co-author to the Mercer Law Review, publishing an annual article on Labor and Employment Law for the Eleventh Circuit Survey. 

    Patricia-Anne received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mercer University where she was a four year letter winner for the Mercer Women’s Soccer team. She attended Mercer Law School and graduated in the top ten percent of her class. While in law school, Patricia-Anne was a member of the Mercer Law Review and she served as Coach of Mercer’s Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court team.

    Patricia-Anne was born and raised in Griffin, GA. She spends her time with family, friends, and her dogs Tucker and Maddux. She enjoys spending time outdoors, watching Mercer Athletic Events, and going to concerts.


    Employment Litigation Prevention & Defense

    Wage and Hour Compliance & Litigation


    Mercer University Law School

    J.D., cum laude, 2016

    Mercer University

    B.B.A, cum laude, 2013

    Bar & Court Admissions

    Georgia, 2016

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

    U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

    U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Seth T. Ford

    Seth T. Ford is a partner in the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP. Mr. Ford regularly advises clients on a host of labor and employment law matters under both state and federal law, including non-compete and trade secret disputes, multi-plaintiff claims of harassment and discrimination, reductions in force and issues arising under disabilities laws and the Family Medical Leave Act. Mr. Ford has extensive experience in trial and appellate courts and before arbitration panels in traditional labor disputes. Mr. Ford had been recognized by Atlanta Magazine and Law and Politics as a "Rising Star" in labor and employment law each year since 2009. He has successfully litigated labor and employment matters in over a dozen states and throughout the Southeast.

Stephanie Hendricks

    Lead public relations efforts for one of the largest labor & employment law firms in the U.S, with offices in 16 states. Oversee media relations, social media engagement, and content development. Also play a significant role in business development and proposal management, leading response efforts for large RFPs.