Columbus Technical College and its Economic Development division played host to the Georgia Department of Labor’s Employment Law and Legislative Issues Update on August 16; Labor Commissioner Mark Butler was the keynote speaker.
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) teamed up with the State Employer Committee (SEC) to offer a crash course for forward-thinking human resource (HR) and business professionals looking for ways to handle management challenges. The event, the Southwest Central Georgia Business and Employer Summit, featured a number of guest speakers, including Commissioner Butler; Cherry Rizer, a GDOL employment and training consultant; Jonathan Martin, an employment law expert; and Don Betts of Georgia Tech.
Columbus Technical College Vice President of Economic Development, Jamie Loyd, also addressed the crowd. He spoke about the importance of an educated workforce when it comes to recruiting new business to Georgia and keeping current industries committed to the Peach State.
Supervisors, managers, human resource professionals and business owners were encouraged to attend this unique summit designed to help them meet, understand and conquer compliance challenges in the workplace.
Commissioner Butler provided an update on local, state and federal legislative issues impacting employers and business this year, as well as challenges that could affect them in the next few years. He also gave an update on the GDOL in 2013.
Rizer, who is recognized statewide for assisting employers in resolving unemployment insurance (UI) issues, offered advice on best practices in UI claims and appeals representation. Martin, a partner with Constangy, Brooks and Smith LLC, spoke on Managing with Today’s Cultural Influences. Betts addressed Employers Like Me – Sustainable Healthcare Innovations, and provided information to help non-health-related employers establish a new organization called EmployersLikeMe – a peer-to-peer networking group.
Attendees qualified for 6.0 Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credits for attending this program.
(Source: Georgia Department of Labor)