From left are Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, Georgia Child Care Association Legal Vice President Ben Hill, Forsyth County resident and business owner Joyce Abernathy, True-North Public Affairs owner Ellen Reynolds, Rep. Brian Strickland, Gov. Nathan Deal, Rep. Mark Hamilton, Georgia Child Care Association Executive Director Carolyn Salvador, Georgia Chamber Public Affairs Director Sally Kilpatrick, National Federation of Independent Business State Director Kyle Jackson and Deputy Labor Commissioner Tim Evans. (click for larger version)
May 13, 2014CUMMING, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 714, a bill sponsored by state Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), on April 24 at a bill signing ceremony in the governor's office at the State Capitol.
H.B. 714 passed the General Assembly during this year's legislative session and received the support of business groups across the state.
The law corrects a loophole in Georgia's unemployment system, which has allowed a handful of companies to abuse the unemployment system.
These companies and employees use unemployment benefits to supplement the salaries of seasonal workers.
"This new law will create uniformity in administering unemployment benefits across Georgia, ultimately saving businesses $8-10 million annually because of the elimination of a loophole that benefited a small group of employers and employees," said Hamilton.
"The other part of the bill will allow the Georgia Department of Labor to be more efficient in their processing of claims while preserving an additional $80 million annually in the Unemployment Trust Fund."
Hamilton represents the citizens of District 24, which includes portions of Forsyth County.
He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006 and currently serves as chairman of the Industry and Labor Committee.
Hamilton also serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, Governmental Affairs, Rules and Transportation committees.
For more information, visit www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/714.