Labor Commissioner Mark Butler to Host Employer Summit in Savannah on August 16th

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, July 28th, 2017

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that a business summit called Employers in The Know will be held in Savannah on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The summit is one in an annual series of 12 being held throughout the state. This is the fourth year the summits have been offered to employers.  

The summits, which help employers learn how to better understand and conquer compliance challenges in the workplace, are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and local employer committees.  This one is cosponsored by the Savannah Employer Committee.  

The Savannah summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Program Administration and Resource Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology located at 210 Technology Circle.    

“We began holding these seminars because employers throughout the state told us they needed better access to information,” Butler said. “At these seminars, the employers get up-to-date information and the opportunity to network with other employers.  And, as a state agency, we get value from hearing directly from the employers, so we can improve and better serve them.”

Employers are encouraged to pre-register by Wednesday, Aug. 2, but may register at the event at 8:30 a.m. To pre-register, visit, look in the Spotlight Section and link to 2017 Regional Business Summits. If pre-registered, the cost to attend is $40 per person, which includes lunch. After Aug. 2, the cost is $50.

Commissioner Butler will discuss current GDOL initiatives and programs designed to encourage job growth and economic development throughout the state. The GDOL provides labor market data necessary for economic developers and businesses to make sound decisions about starting or expanding businesses. The GDOL helps match employers with qualified job seekers, as well as helping job seekers be successful in securing jobs and developing their careers.

Other presenters and their topics include: Rachael Mast, a community outreach and resource planning specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, speaking on Top Tips for Employers on the Fair Labor Standards Act; Bruce Medders, an analyst with the GDOL’s Policy and Procedures Section, on Unemployment Insurance; Nancy Sprattlin, managing

member of the Castor Sprattlin Law Group, LLC, will give a legal presentation; and Connie Smith, director of GeorgiaBEST, the GDOL’s initiative that teaches participants the importance of workplace ethics.

Employers in the Know has been approved for five recertification credits through the Human Resources Certification Institute and five professional development credits for the Society of Human Resource Management.    

For more information about the summit, or to request registration forms, contact or call (470) 755-9914.