Phoebe Putney Health System said Thursday that it is cutting 127 jobs as part of an organizational restructuring. These reductions come on top of the 33 “leadership’’ positions eliminated earlier this month by Phoebe Putney, the dominant hospital system in southwest Georgia. The Albany-based system said the job reduction would lower operating costs by $10 million. Similar staffing cuts are occurring elsewhere in the state and nation.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against a north Georgia county, claiming older employees were targeted during layoffs. In a statement Thursday, the commission said Fannin County violated federal laws by laying off older employees from its Road Department in November 2011.
Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. has informed employees that it will cut 800 positions in its mortgage business. The bank joins others in a trend that's led to lost jobs as mortgage interest rates rise and fewer homeowners refinance their loans.
The mayor of Columbus is warning of "massive layoffs" of city workers next year if the consolidated government continues on its current path. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson also accused public safety department heads Tuesday of using the threat of layoffs to "maintain possibly inflated budgets."
International Paper has announced the company will soon eliminate 75 positions at its mill in Augusta. The February eliminations are a result of the company shutting down one of three paperboard production lines at its plant in Augusta.
Briggs & Stratton Corp. cited ongoing drought conditions as it announced Monday that the company will temporarily shutter a McDonough, Ga., facility that makes lawn and garden equipment. About 340 hourly employees and 200 temporary employees will be laid off during the shutdown.
The interim leader of Georgia Perimeter College has told employees that 282 workers will be laid off. A campus-wide email sent by Interim President Rob Watts says the cuts affect 215 full-time employees and 67 part-time workers. The college employs about 3,110 people.
Being let go at your job is hard enough, but then you have to explain it at job interviews to your next potential employer. Brandon Smith answers a blog reader’s question about how to handle this delicate issue.
Executives of Georgia-based Club Car say they have completed a round of layoffs. Company spokesman Brian Formato tells The Augusta Chronicle that the layoffs involve some Augusta employees, but he declined to say how many. Formato said the reduction affected employees both in Augusta and in the field.