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Labor Department to bring business, employer summit to Savannah
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The Georgia Department of Labor and several employer committees in coastal Georgia will co-sponsor a business and employer summit Sept. 23 in Savannah.

The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Savannah campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology at 210 Technology Circle.

The summit is designed to help business owners and managers better understand and overcome compliance challenges in the workplace. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and other experts will discuss three of the top 10 issues facing the business community in today’s economic climate. Topics include the emerging workforce, unemployment insurance regulations and health care compliance. Butler also will provide updates on new legislation that could impact businesses in the upcoming year, and new GDOL initiatives.

“We took a look at the feedback from last year’s summits, and have put together an agenda that addresses the needs, concerns and questions of Georgia’s business professionals,” Butler said. “These summits are designed not only to provide business professionals with expert advice on issues that have a major impact on them now, but they also provide a chance to network with employers and business owners from the nearby area.”

GDOL Employment and Training Consultant Cherry Rizer will discuss best practices in handling unemployment claims and appeals. Molly Barkman of the Northwest Benefit Corporation will discuss the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on employers in 2014 and beyond.

The Savannah-area summit is one of several being held throughout Georgia.

For more information about the summit, or to register, call Don Hammer at (404) 272-2506 or email

Registration includes lunch provided by Chick-fil-A. If pre-registered, the cost to attend is $35 per person. If more than one person from an organization attends, the cost is $30 each. The cost at the door is $40 per person.

Recertification credits (3.75) are pending through the Human Resources Certification Institute.