Archive for January, 2016

Agency reviews program for Atlanta summer jobs

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) is revising its youth program, which will affect Atlanta summer jobs.

It is making important changes to its 2016 Summer Training and Employment Program, S.T.E.P. Forward, due to mandates set forth in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Youth will receive notice of their acceptance or denial via e-mail. The deadline for eligibility determination is March 1, 2016 and the deadline for the work experience application is April 1, 2016. Acceptance into S.T.E.P. Forward program will be communicated by May 1, 2016.

The S.T.E.P Forward program aims to provide Atlanta youth with work readiness training, financial literacy workshops and skills assessment.

S.T.E.P Forward is AWDA’s summer jobs program which offers paid, eight-week work experience opportunities for Atlanta youth. The work experiences are paid, short-term, planned, and structured activities in participating Atlanta-area businesses, non-profits, and government agencies.

Changes to the 2016 S.T.E.P. Forward program include:

• Priority will be placed on out-of-school youth with barriers to employment, education, training, and supportive services.
• Youth will be required to satisfy three (3) rounds of qualifications:
o Eligibility determination (American Jobs Center application)
o Work Experience program application
o Orientation
• Youth will earn their job through a job interview conducted by the hiring employer

Company hires for legal jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

An environmental law firm is expanding and hiring for legal jobs in Atlanta.

Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP (KMCL) said Alan Truitt and Bart Turner have joined KMCL as Partners.

Truitt has more than 25 years of experience with a large Birminghamlaw firm representing manufacturing and other heavily regulated clients in complex litigation and administrative matters.  He has regularly handled environmental, toxic tort, and other litigation for foundries, pipelines, plastics and chemical companies, steel mills, and mining companies.  He represents clients before the U.S. EPA and state and local regulatory agencies.  Before joining KMCL, he co-chaired Maynard Cooper & Gale’s Products Liability and Environmental Practice Group.

“We are thrilled that Alan and Bart are joining us,” said KMCL’s Bob Mowrey.  “They are first-rate attorneys with stellar reputations in environmental, toxic tort, and health and safety matters,” he added.

“We were attracted to the KMCL platform, including the firm’s regional prominence and success in representing clients nationally,” said Alan Truitt.  “The quality and sophistication of the work KMCL attracts is second to none, and we are excited to join such great people,” he remarked.  Turner added, “KMCL has developed a special place in the market with a team of superb and highly-respected environmental lawyers—their depth and capability is matched by few if any other firms, including among the major law firms.”

Mowrey remarked, “We founded KMCL to provide the highest possible level of expertise and client service on a platform that makes business sense to our clients.”  He added, “Our new partners add to the capabilities and geographic reach we offer to clients.  With Alabama’s significant manufacturing heritage, we have always seen a high level of work in that state, and with Alan and Bart joining us, we are even stronger.”

Increase in pay boosts Atlanta law enforcement jobs

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

A new increase in pay is boosting Atlanta law enforcement jobs.

New legislation will grant pay increases to 247 Sergeants in the Atlanta Police Department (APD). During a special called session of the Atlanta City Council today, legislation to increase Sergeants pay was approved unanimously.

The legislation was written by the Reed Administration and sponsored by Councilmembers C.T. Martin and Alex Wan.

Since Mayor Reed’s inauguration in January 2010, public safety personnel and city employees have received nine salary increases.

In January 2011, sworn officers in APD and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department received a full step pay increase of 3.5 percent, the first full step increase granted since 2007. In 2013, sworn personnel received two additional pay increases, for a total of 5.5 percent in increases.

The Reed Administration has consistently made significant investments in employee compensation and benefits. In the midst of the worst economic recession in 80 years, the Administration eliminated furloughs and layoffs citywide, built the largest fire department to date and eliminated staffing shortages on fire trucks, brought the city’s police force to 2,000 officers for the first time in the department’s history, and restored command staff at the city jail.

Earlier this year, Mayor Reed made the City of Atlanta the first local government in the state to offer up to six weeks’ paid parental leave for primary caregivers and up to two weeks for secondary caregivers.