Albany employer committee wins state award

The Albany Area Employer Committee won the Georgia Employer Committee’s Rising Star Award for 2011.

The Albany Area Employer Committee won the Georgia Employer Committee’s Rising Star Award for 2011.

ALBANY -- A group in Albany that has been known to lend a helping hand to area companies without the resources for a human resource director was recently recognized for what it does.

The Albany Area Employer Committee won the Georgia Employer Committee's Rising Star Award for 2011.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler presented the award on behalf of the state committee at its annual conference held last week in Peachtree City.

"The Albany Employer Committee has made great strides in the services it provides to employers in its area," Butler said in a statement. "Because of its excellent work helping employers better understand employment-related issues, the state committee created the Rising Star Award to recognize its accomplishments.

"Better informed employers are important in our work to strengthen Georgia's economy."

The Albany Employer Committee won the award based on its efforts to provide information on new legislation that impacts employers, as well as helping them with their work force issues. The committee hosted a legislative update on laws passed this year by the Georgia General Assembly, as well as other seminars on the state's regular unemployment insurance program, the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour information and state worker compensation.

"We feel great about winning," said Beth Lane, chair of the committee. "We have always been an advocate for partnerships. We recognize that building worthwhile partnerships benefits employers and employees.

"It's just an honor to be recognized. We hope to continue to develop these partnerships. It's hard work, and we are glad it benefits the community."

The employer committee also helped the unemployed hone their job-hunting skills to better compete in a tight job market. It hosted a "resume fest," in partnership with the Labor Department's Albany Career Center, at which the resumes of about 70 job seekers were critiqued and improved.

Albany's employer committee was one of four to receive awards at the employer conference.

Employer committees are groups of business representatives who maintain a working relationship between employers and the Labor Department. The committees provide input and guidance to the commissioner, as well as the department, in the development of policy and legislation as it impacts employers and employees.

The 51 committees throughout the state work closely with their local career centers to promote the department's services among employers, and to identify and recommend ways to meet local and state employment-related needs.