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Webinar : Hiring international employees in the US

Date: September 21, 2017Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT - ONLINE - NO CHARGE

Registration: open

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The French-American Chamber of Commerce Atlanta,
The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas

Smith Gambrell & Russell
invite you to attend a

There are many important considerations when hiring employees in the U.S.  It is important to understand your obligations as an employer and what you can and cannot do.  Employment laws vary from state to state and Georgia has several employment laws that are critical to understanding as you manage and build your business.  During this webinar, Matt Clarke, a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, will address important points to consider in employment law, including the implications of firing an employee, minimum hour and wage requirements, overtime requirements and more.


Join us on Thursday, September 21st  for this informative topic.

Your Speaker:

Matt Clarke is a partner in the litigation practice at Smith, Gambrell & Russell. Mr. Clarke has significant experience in employment law, encompassing employment discrimination and litigation, employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, termination and separations, hiring practices, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation and other aspects of the employer/employee relationship governed by state and federal laws. He regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and dispute avoidance. When litigation becomes necessary, Mr. Clarke regularly represents employers in employment litigation matters pending in state and federal courts. He represents clients in matters pending before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Georgia Department of Labor and the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor. Mr. Clarke’s employment law practice also includes extensive experience litigating matters concerning federal Title VII, ADEA, ADA and WARN Act matters, along with restrictive covenants disputes (non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and the like) and other federal and state law claims.

Mr. Clarke also has extensive expertise litigating and arbitrating a wide array of commercial disputes, including national franchising disputes, professional liability, and other complex business litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Clarke is a frequent speaker and writer on various employment, arbitration and litigation issues. He regularly conducts presentations at Continuing Legal Education seminars, SHRM functions, and similar events for attorneys, business persons and human resources professionals before clients and other civic groups on various legal matters. Matt Clarke was a recent Presenter at the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Technology Law Institute seminar on Social Media Technologies and Business: Blessing or Curse? He was also a recent speaker at a Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education seminar for attorneys on the use of arbitration provisions in business and employment agreements, and his article entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution — Considerations in Using ADR Provisions in Business and Employment Agreements” was published by the ICLE. Mr. Clarke co-authored an article on employment agreements entitled, “But it’s Not in My Contract! – When Employers Should (and Should Not) Use Employment Agreements” which was published in the national Employee Relations Law Journal. Mr. Clarke has spoken many times at CLE events before the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Mr. Clarke graduated in 1989 from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. degree in International Business. While there, he received the Honors Program Academic Achievement Award. In 1992, Mr. Clarke received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. During law school he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and the ABA Moot Court Team. Mr. Clarke is admitted to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, as well as the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

 Mr. Clarke has served on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation (AVLF), a non-profit organization that provides free legal representation to low-income people through the generosity of attorneys in our community.

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Welcome to the FACC Carolinas

Who we are? The FACC Carolinas is a not-for-profit organization serving both North and South Carolina.

Our mission is to foster business relationships between France and the United States as well as to serve the ongoing business needs of corporate and individual members throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

How do we do that? The FACC Carolinas achieves these objectives by facilitating information sharing, networking and by offering international business services to its members.

Chamber News

Thomas Prieur
Business Development

Thomas has 20 years of experience in economic development in France and will bring his professionalism and connections to assist the growing network of the French American Chamber of Commerce. 
Thomas earned a master's degree in economics and successively worked in both the Annecy and Lyon areas.

He later worked as the Workforce and Economic Development Director in ViennAgglo until he decided to move with his family to North Carolina. He is currently immersing himself in the English language and taking a course on community and economic development at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 
We are delighted that he joined our team as Business Development Director. His focus will be to help us improve our ties with the French business and economic networks in North Carolina and to strengthen our presence with local economic and French development agencies.

Part-time Volunteer Internships

The FACC Carolinas is seeking conscientious college students or recent graduates who would like to join our mission as a part-time volunteer. Interested candidates will:

  • Commit to learning new skills and assisting the Executive Director and the Administrative Coordinator in the daily operations of this non-profit, member-supported business association.
  • Promote a positive image of the FACC to raise our visibility in the community.
  • Embrace a variety of responsibilities which include working in a small office environment with a strong entrepreneurial business spirit. Increasing levels of responsibility based upon successful completion of assigned tasks and duties.

 For more information, follow this link.

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Contact us - Contactez-nous

French American Chamber of Commerce
of the Carolinas


PO Box 291077
Columbia, SC 29229
Phone: (7O4) 75O-9977

Français - English
General inquiries : Sabine

Executive Director : Jean-Louis

Why not North and South Carolina?

Pourquoi pas les Etats de la Caroline du nord et du sud ?

Jean-Louis VANDERSTRAETEN, Directeur Général de la CCIF Caroline du Nord - Caroline du Sud évoque le climat des affaires aux États-Unis et les secteurs porteurs de la région.




Companies that support the FACC Carolinas

    • Actemium
    • Aleph Wines
    • Aplix
    • Areva
    • BOMAG Americas
    • Beneteau
    • Biomerieux
    • CRDA
    • Cafe Monte
    • Central SC Alliance
    • Charles River
    • Charlotte Regional Partnership
    • Dassault Systemes
    • FPL Food, LLC
    • Faircloth Farms
    • GE REnewable
    • Imex Management
    • Nesa
    • Oglee - Deakins
    • Palmetto Precision machinery
    • Parker Poe
    • REEL USA
    • Roedel
    • Saati
    • Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
    • Speech Advantage
    • Technekes
    • Vossloh
    • Wells Fargo
    • Williams Mullen
    • Woodlane
    • Xytel