In April, the Business & Industry Committee began its first of 5 meetings around the state with a tour of the Georgia Ports Authority, the fourth busiest port in the U.S. and fastest growing
Both employers and students stand to benefit from a bill passed this session that incentivizes employers to provide work based learning opportunities. Sponsored by Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee), HB 402 authorizes insurers to grant up to a 5 percent workers’ compensation rate reduction to employers who offer work-based learning opportunities.
An effort to protect small businesses from onerous federal overreach successfully passed this session and awaits the Governor’s signature. The Protecting Georgia Small Business Act (SB 277), sponsored by Senator John Albers (R-Roswell), clarifies that under state law neither a franchise nor an employee of that franchise can be considered employees of the larger franchisor.
On the federal level, the chamber is monitoring the U.S. Department of Labor proposed overtime regulation that mandates overtime pay for salaried workers making $50,400 or less””up from $23,660 a 113% increase. If efforts to block the rule aren’t successful, employers may have to comply as soon as July 2016.
Georgia Chamber leads conversation urging legal reform ATLANTA – September 17, 2015 – The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform recently released a survey conducted by Harris Poll that ranked perceptions of state lawsuit environments. 75 percent of the companies surveyed (general counsels and senior attorneys) indicated a state’s legal environment is likely to impact… Continue Reading
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce seeks to maintain a harmonious balance in the relationship between employees and employers in our state. The Chamber works to ensure policies are created that benefit the employer-employee relationship and allow business to be competitive with their workforce. The Chamber supports: Efforts to strengthen and protect Georgia’s “Right to Work”… Continue Reading