Labor Commissioner hosts employer summit in Americus

Labor Commissioner hosts employer summit in Americus

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is holding a series of 12 business summits called 'Employers In The Know,' throughout the state.

One of those meetings will be held in Americus, on Wednesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the John M. Pope Technology Center at South Georgia Technical College located at 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway.

The summits, which help employers learn how to better understand and conquer compliance challenges in the workplace. This one is cosponsored by the Southwest Georgia Employer Committee.

"We began holding these seminars because employers throughout the state told us they needed better access to information," Butler said. "At these seminars, the employers get up-to-date information and the opportunity to network with other employers.  And, as a state agency, we get value from hearing directly from the employers, so we can improve and better serve them."

Employers are encouraged to pre-register by Wednesday, May 3, but may register at the event. To pre-register, CLICK HERE .  If pre-registered, the cost to attend is $40 per person, which includes lunch. After May 3, the cost is $50.

Commissioner Butler will discuss current GDOL initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. The GDOL provides labor market data necessary for economic developers and businesses to make sound decisions about starting or expanding businesses. The GDOL helps match employers with qualified job seekers, as well as helping job seekers be successful in securing jobs and developing their careers.

Other presenters and their topics include: Rachael Mast, a community outreach and resource planning specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, speaking on Top Tips for Employers on the Fair Labor Standards Act; Bruce Medders, an analyst with the GDOL's Policy and Procedures Section, on Unemployment Insurance; W. Jonathan Martin, II, a partner with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a law firm, on Labor Law Update; and Connie Smith, director of GeorgiaBEST, the GDOL's initiative that teaches students the importance of workplace ethics. All of the speakers are from the Atlanta area.

Recertification credits (3.75) have been approval by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

For more information about the summit, or to request registration forms, contact or call (404) 273-5399.

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