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Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

Dept. of Labor launches system to improve unemployment insurance

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor recently rolled out a new electronic system designed to increase efficiency and reduce costs of operating the state's unemployment insurance program.

Georgia is one of 10 states to adopt the State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) E-response. It allows employers to respond promptly to the Department of Labor when a former worker files an unemployment claim, according to state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

"This new online capability is part of our continuing effort to make the Georgia Department of Labor more user-friendly and technologically up-to-date," Butler said in a statement. "This will significantly speed communications between the labor department and employers. At the same time, it will help prevent some overpayments to people who might not be eligible for benefits, saving us from having to go back and try to collect money from ineligible applicants."

Emory Healthcare missing info on patients from 17 year period

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Emory Healthcare says they are missing 10 data disks of information on surgical patients from between 1990 and 2007 from a storage location at Emory University Hospital.

Officials released a statement Wednesday afternoon that said as soon as they discovered the disks were missing, that an exhaustive search began. The search and investigation is continuing.

According to the university, the disks were removed from their storage location at some point between February 7 and February 20, 2012. The disks came from an old computer system that was deactivated in 2007.

Officials insist there is no indication the information has been misused in any way. They also insist this is not a breach or hacking of their systems.

St. Joseph's Hospital names new CEO

St. Joseph's Hospital names new CEO

ATLANTA -- Scott Schmidly has accepted the position of CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Emory Healthcare announced Thursday.

Schmidly, an executive from Hospital Corporation of America, comes to St. Joseph's from Dallas, where he was COO and ethics and compliance officer at Medical City Dallas Hospital and Medical City Children's Hospital. He will begin his new position on April 17.

Follow the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce on Social Media

Follow the Dekalb Chamber of Commerce on Social Media

In a recent survey on social media we asked "Why aren't you following the Chamber on Social Media?"

We got a wide variety of responses from "My bad" to "I really do not like the time it takes and the mundane petty responses about nothing . . I am wayyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooooooo busy for the backandforthbackandforth nothing said of the social media world . . . ." <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

 

Please allow me to take a second to address some of your concerns.

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

DEKALB | 'Undesirable' businesses not welcome in county

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May stood at a busy intersection Friday evening and pointed to what he called undesirable businesses cluttering up, even endangering, the neighborhood.

"You have a liquor store right here, and behind the liquor store you have a grocery store that sells beer and wine.... You have across the street a gas station that sells beer and wine. On the other side of the intersection you have a drug store that sells beer and wine. You have a proliferation of alcohol outlets" at just that one intersection.

And it's a county-wide problem, he said.

This week the county commission approved May's proposal to limit how many additional "undesirable" businesses will be allowed to move into the county, and where they'll be allowed to move in.

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.