Mon., March 4, 2013 5:24pm
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would deny jobless benefits to school workers employed by private companies during summers. Backers say it would save the state money, but critics say the bill merely favors private companies, including charter school management firms.
Thu., January 10, 2013 3:56pm
Georgia’s declining jobless rate is good news for the state, but bad news for some who have been out of work for nearly a year. Starting Saturday, some will lose extended unemployment benefits.
Fri., September 7, 2012 4:19pm
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is refusing to pay jobless benefits to seasonal workers like teachers and bus drivers despite an order from the federal government to do so.
Fri., September 7, 2012 8:00am
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.
Tue., August 14, 2012 6:05pm
The U.S. Labor Department has ruled that Georgia’s decision to deny unemployment benefits to seasonal workers violated workplace laws. That means thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers could now be eligible for those funds.
Tue., August 14, 2012 7:56am
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.
Thu., July 5, 2012 4:14pm
Georgia’s improving unemployment rate will “trigger” the end of federal emergency benefits for a number of Georgians, starting this weekend. It’s putting added pressure on the recently unemployed.
Sat., June 2, 2012 8:53am
Georgia's Labor Department is asking employers and others to turn in people collecting unemployment benefits who fail drug screenings, but so far the agency has gotten no complaints.
Mon., May 21, 2012 5:00am
Any Georgian who’s laid off from work after July 1 will receive fewer weeks of unemployment benefits. The change is part of a new law passed this year by state lawmakers. Labor department officials say it will help the state repay a $700 million federal loan in two years, rather than six.
Fri., April 20, 2012 2:13pm
There are 15,000 Georgians who are losing extended unemployment pay this weekend. The loss of the extra benefits comes because the state’s jobless rate is dropping. And some of those workers are also losing hope they will find a job.