Georgia’s labor commissioner is refusing to restart jobless benefits to seasonally unemployed teachers and bus drivers, setting up a showdown between state and federal officials. The U.S. Labor Department said last month that Georgia was violating employment law by denying the benefits.
A federal agency's decision might lead to thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers getting summer unemployment benefits after the state denied them the money. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler had instituted a benefits change earlier this year, saying it was unfair to pay the seasonal benefits when public school system employees don't get them.
Those shoppers who crammed stores on Black Friday in many cases depended on seasonal employees to help them with their purchases. Career guru Brandon Smith says getting a part-time holiday job can bulk up your resume and unlock new career paths.
Georgia has launched an aggressive ad campaign for its vidalia onions that ship out today. The state's Agricultural Chief says that may help address a possible boycott of Georgia’s farm goods which some groups are threatening in light of an immigration reform bill that awaits the governor’s signature.