IEC State Government News

Senator Johnny Isakson Name IEC 2014 Legislator of the Year - Senate

SenJohnnyIsaksonSenator Johnny Isakson Name IEC 2014 Legislator of the Year - Senate 
Senator Isakson began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. He later served as president of Northside for 20 years. He entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and two years as Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. In 1999, Senator Isakson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th Congressional district for the first of three terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post OSHA 300A Injury/Illness Summary February Through April

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post OSHA 300A Injury/Illness Summary February Through April 
OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2013 and were logged on OSHA's Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. 
Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness record-keeping and posting requirements. A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance, insurance and real estate sectors can be found at Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements. 

Governor's Office of Workforce Development Names Ben Hames as New Executive Director

Governor's Office of Workforce Development Names Ben Hames as New Executive Director  
On Jan. 8, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Ben Hames to serve as executive director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development effective immediately. In his capacity as executive director, Hames will oversee workforce investment activities and spearhead the state's skilled trade initiative, Go Build Georgia. A veteran of two governors' administrations, Hames began his public service career as Gov. Sonny Perdue's speechwriter and worked in the Governor's Office of Communications until moving on to serve Gov. Deal as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. IEC Atlanta/ Georgia executive director, Niel Dawson, currently serves on the Advisory Council for Go Build Georgia and is looking forward to working with Hames in furthering the efforts of Go Build Georgia. 

IEC Members’ Opportunity to Support “Go Build Georgia”

IEC Members’ Opportunity to Support “Go Build Georgia” 

“Go Build Georgia”, has been working diligently to change the face of the skilled trades and close the gap between Georgia’s highly skilled aging industrial workers and the young people entering the workforce.  Go Build Georgia Educational Foundation is the private arm of “Go Build Georgia” and it is raising money for a statewide media campaign.  You can become a donor to help with the efforts of “Go Build Georgia”.

As an investor, and partnering with “Go Build Georgia”, your business will gain direct access to a pool of new, skilled workers.  Your investment helps to provide the foundation for the Governor’s Competitiveness Initiative to grow Georgia’s economy and ensure a competitive future for the state.

There are several levels of investment available to choose from that allow recognition on the website and literature, up to network and cable television advertisements tagged with your company’s logo.  Click here for levels to invest.   Click here for more details on Go Build Georgia Educational Foundation.

Join IEC and “Go Build Georgia” in the efforts to change the perception of skilled trade jobs throughout the public, and build a new generation of highly-skilled workers.

Changes to Lien law now in effect!

Changes to Lien law now in effect!

Time-lines and Other information in the Lien Process:

Notice of Commencement: Filed by owner or general contractor within 15 days of starting work on a project. Get a copy of this from the courthouse in the county where the work is being done. Contains: Name, Address and Phone number of the contractor performing the work. Also contains the name and address of the project, property owners information and other information about performance and payment bonds.

The contractor should post the Notice of Commencement on the job-site and provide subcontractors a copy upon a written request.

Liens must be filed within 90 days of completing work or providing material.

You must perfect a lien within 365 of the date of filing the lien. To perfect a lien you must file a lawsuit, proof of claim in a bankruptcy or a binding arbitration.

Notice of Liens, you must send a copy to the contractor or owner within 2 business days of filing the lien. You get extra time if day two falls on a weekend or holiday.

File an Interim Waiver and Release Upon Payment notice once significant work and payments are complete.

File a Final Lien Waiver form once the work is completed.

There is a specific font type and specific language that each Interim and Final Lien Waver must follow in order to be legal.

Affidavit of Nonpayment needs to be filed within 60 days of the Final Lien Waiver in order to protect your rights.

Again certain fonts and other language must be present in order to make the Affidavit of Nonpayment legal. You also must send a copy to the owner and contractor.

The new Lien Law in Georgia is complicated; therefore, you should become completely familiar with its requirements in order to protect your rights and contact your attorney to assure you have not given up your lien rights.

For legal advice on the Lien Law contact IEC Partner member Attorney David Moulds at 678-364-1171.