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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."

SOUTH FULTON | Liquor stores losing money

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Voters in many of Fulton County's 12 cities have already passed the Sunday alcohol sales referendum. The businesses that sell alcohol in those cities have been selling on Sunday since the first of the year or earlier.

But while those businesses have been reaping profits, businesses in unincorporated Fulton County are losing money. Sunday alcohol sales won't be on the ballot until July 31. That part of the county represents only 10 percent of the county's voters.

Businesses like Vino's Fine Wine and Spirits on Cascade Road estimate their sales have dropped 40 to 60 percent because they can't sell on Sundays. Their big days used to be Saturday, but now customers can wait until Sunday and shop in the surrounding cities.

"People who wanted to stock up because they couldn't't buy on Sunday, they're no longer coming," said Kerwin Thompson, owner of Vito's. "We're not on a level playing field; we're at a competitive disadvantage."

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.

ATLANTA | Help for in-town homebuyers

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta and Wells Fargo are teaming up to help people buy homes in the city.

Pre-registration for the event at the Georgia World Congress Center is closed. The event will be held Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The program, called Neighborhood Lift, is being tested in Los Angeles and Atlanta, both cities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.

Walk-ins are still allowed and people must bring documents.

Qualified buyers can receive $15,000 toward a down payment on a home. Families that make up to $83,000 a year and individuals that make no more than $59,000 can qualify.

People would have to buy and close on a home within 60 days and would be required to live in it for five years.

Wells Fargo and the city have put together about 100 homes on an inventory list, and bus tours of those homes will be given. People who qualify are not obligated to buy one of those homes.

LIVE STREAM | 5th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Atlanta

LIVE STREAM | 5th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Atlanta

LIVE STREAM HAS ENDED. See the exerpts form City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell addressing the league.

Our first session 10:30am is a discussion entitled Economic Development opportunities in creating a Black heritage tourism trail in Metro Atlanta.

Millions of dollars in limbo for Fulton homeowners

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Sheriff has millions of dollars in a special fund and some of it may belong to you.

Each month, county officials and the banks auction foreclosed homes as well as hold tax lien sales on the courthouse steps.

When it comes to tax lien sales, homeowners should take a deep breath and another look before they walk away from the sales. They could be entitled to lots of money.

It's in the hands of the Fulton County Sheriff.

It starts with the sale of the tax lien, in which buyers often pay more than the lien itself in order to get it. Any money left over after the tax lien purchaser gets his money back, together with a 20 percent commission, goes into a Fund administered by the Sheriff.

That fund now totals $9.9 million.

Much of that money could belong to homeowners who have never claimed it.

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