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People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

Huge Jump in Vacations During Summer Months Poses Threat to Company’s Productivity and Efficiency

Huge Jump in Vacations During Summer Months Poses Threat to Company’s Productivity and Efficiency

Huge Jump in Vacations During Summer Months Poses Threat to Company’s Productivity and Efficiency

New Survey: 80 Percent of Employees Take At Least One Week Off During Summer Months Companies Must Take Action to Run Optimally

Atlanta, July 1, 2011 – With summer officially here, more than 80 percent of U.S.

Conway MacKenzie Wins “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” Award

Conway MacKenzie Wins “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” Award

Conway MacKenzie, a consulting firm specializing in turnaround and crisis management, transaction advisory, litigation support and forensic analysis services, is proud to announce that it has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

“Creating and supporting a superior work culture and environment at Conway MacKenzie has long been a priority of the senior management. To be recognized for this commitment is a great honor,” said Greg Charleston, senior managing director and leader of the Atlanta office.

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

ATLANTA, GA, June 14, 2011 – For the entire month of June, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney  will encourage, recognize and reward employees for volunteering in their local community. All its  employees in Atlanta, close to 400, are encouraged to get out, volunteer their time and help their community.

On the first day of the month, employees from Petra Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney spent the day stocking the food pantry and preparing food to be donated at the Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) on Peachtree Road. BCM provides emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis. The organization places special emphasis on preventing homelessness through education and the provision of food, clothing and financial assistance with rent and utilities.

“We are proud to be associated with a firm that puts so much emphasis and value on giving back,” said Jim Easterling, senior vice president of Petra Wealth Management Group.

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