ALBANY, Ga. -- Some of the community's business owners might need help with a few complicated issues: When do I have to pay overtime? Do I need to pay out sick pay or vacation balances for former employees?
An expert in the labor field is coming to the rescue. The Albany Area Employer Committee and the Georgia Department of Labor's career center in Albany will co-sponsor a seminar.
The topic will be the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act. The act, which sets standards for minimum wage and overtime pay, affects most private and public employment.
The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Albany Technical College Kirkland Conference Center on South Slappey Boulevard.
Warren Williams, an investigator with the national Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, will lead the seminar. His lecture will be titled "To Enlighten, Encourage and Empower Employers to Meet and Maintain Compliance."
"He will talk about any and all new changes in regards to regulation updates," Albany Area Employer Committee Chair Beth Lane said. "The whole purpose is to educate so they (area business owners) know how to make decisions."
The committee holds four or five seminars throughout the year. The topics are usually chosen based on recommendations from previous attendees. The target audience for committee seminars are business owners, human resource managers, supervisors and entrepreneurs.
The Albany Area Employer Committee is a group of business representatives from the region which establishes and maintains working relationships between employers and the local Georgia Department of Labor career center.
"Employers partner with the Department of Labor to educate and help employers with (important) issues with businesses," Lane said.
The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the career center, which is at 1608 S. Slappey Blvd.
Events the group hosts bring in people from throughout Southwest Georgia and as far away as Columbus, Lane said.
"(The seminar) will benefit everyone that comes," she said. "We really think it's important that employers take every opportunity to educate themselves.
"It's a great opportunity for large businesses to network with small businesses and vice versa. It's immeasurable the value the seminars have."
The cost to attend the seminar is $20, which includes a continental breakfast. Those wishing to register for the event are encouraged to so in advance by contacting Wanda Causey at (229) 430-5010.