Georgia Official Warn Businesses To Ignore Deceptive Mass Mailers

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler alert Georgia businesses to ignore threatening mail from an unregistered entity which calls itself “Labor Poster Services.” This entity mails official-looking but deceptive notices to companies about labor law compliance and attempts to bill for unnecessary document fees.

“This entity is soliciting businesses by scaring people into buying overpriced labor law posters,” stated Secretary Kemp. “Do not fall for this gimmick simply because it looks like a government-issued notice. Although it looks official, it is nothing more than a mass mailer, and you are not required to purchase products from this company.”

The notice cites federal law and threatens thousands of dollars in fines for poster non-compliance. Technically, it is not illegal for companies to solicit business in this manner, but business owners should research which types of labor law posters are required in the workplace since federal and state requirements depend on the nature and size of the business.

“Solicitations like this one surface from time to time,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We keep a permanent alert about them on our web site, as well as instructions about which workplace posters are required and where employers can obtain them for free.”

The Georgia Department of Labor is responsible for providing three workplace posters: Employer Vacation (DOL-154), Equal Pay for Equal Work (DOL-4107) and Unemployment Insurance Protections for Employees (DOL-810). Copies may be downloaded from dol.georgia.gov/gdol-required-workplace-posters. Individuals can also obtain copies by calling (404) 232-3396 or emailing Phyllis.Clayton@gdol.ga.gov. This site also lists posters required by other agencies and the applicable contact information.

If your business receives scam mail or other suspicious solicitations, please contact the Secretary of State’s Corporations Division at (404) 656-2817 or the Department of Law’s Office of Consumer Protection at (404) 651-8600. Employers with questions about workplace posters or other services of the Georgia Department of Labor may call toll-free at (855) 436-7365.

Expect More Law Enforcement on Cumming Highway Beginning April 3rd

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has received numerous citizen complaints about speeding and reckless driving on Cumming Highway between Canton and Forsyth County. A crash analysis performed this year by the sheriff’s office revealed there have been 36 crashes on Cumming Highway with 21 injuries.

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The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to inform citizens of a safety initiative that will begin Monday April 3rd. The goal of the initiative is to the reduce excessive speeds, lower accident numbers and assist in making Cumming Highway a safer route of travel for the motoring public.

Motorists traveling should expect to see more law enforcement presence on Cumming Highway and those ignoring the posted speed limited are risking getting pulled over and potentially cited. The sheriff’s office wanted to give motorists a forewarning prior to the initiative in hopes they will voluntarily comply with the posted speed limit.

Polls Open For April 18 Special Elections

ATLANTA, GA – The polls open Monday, March 27, 2017 for advance in-person voting leading up to the April 18 special elections in the 6th Congressional District and state Senate District 32. Secretary of State Brian Kemp encourages all voters to take advantage of Georgia’s advance voting period, which also includes absentee voting by mail, in these upcoming April elections.

“As Georgia’s Chief Elections Official, my top priority is ensuring elections are secure, accessible, and fair for all eligible voters,” stated Secretary Kemp. “With expanded early voting opportunities and new technologies in place, it has never been easier to take part in the electoral process, and I want voters to make sure their voices are heard in these important contests.”

Advance in-person voting begins this upcoming Monday in the 6th Congressional District and state Senate District 32. Voters should contact their county elections offices for information on voting in the March 21, 2017 special election run-offs.

Georgia voters can use the office’s “My Voter Page” or download the “GA SOS” app for Apple and Android devices to check registration status, view a sample ballot, find their voting location, or request an absentee ballot. Voters are advised to request absentee ballots well in advance of the April 14, 2017 deadline to vote by mail in the special elections.

Throughout the advance voting period, state law requires the polls to be open during normal business hours. In the 6th Congressional District and state Senate District 32 races, the polls will also be open on Saturday, April 8, 2017 for voting. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Secretary Kemp reminds Georgians that photography is prohibited in a polling place when voting is underway unless the poll manager gives approval, which is often provided for limited media coverage. It is illegal to take pictures of a ballot or voting equipment. In previous elections, voters have posted “ballot selfies” on social media in violation of statutory law.

“If you are going to post about your voting experience on social media, I encourage you to post your peach voting sticker, not your ballot,” said Kemp. “Georgia law intends to preserve secrecy of the ballot for all voters.”

The 6th Congressional District covers parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. State Senate District 32 covers parts of Cobb and Fulton counties.

In the state Senate District 32 race, a run-off election, if needed, will be held on May 16, 2017. In the 6th Congressional District race, a run-off election, if needed, will be held on June 20, 2017.

Georgians can reference other important dates for the 2017 election cycle on the office’s website.






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