J. Carlton Ivey

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Georgia has no uniform system of laws pertaining to industrial relations. The statutes which have been passed are designed primarily to serve a threefold purpose-to guarantee to the individual employee the fullest freedom in exercising his right to work, to protect the rights of employers in any lawful business, and to maintain peace and order in industrial disputes. The state laws, as a whole, follow a public policy somewhat resembling the doctrine of laissez-faire, with the scales tipped definitely in favor of the employer. There are no state laws patterned after the National Labor Relations Act, the Federal Anti-Injunction Act (Norris-LaGuardia), or the Fair Labor Standards Act. No affirmative action seems to have been taken by the state to foster the growth of labor organizations, but, on the other hand, most of the laws are of a restrictive character, in respect to labor at least.