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If the EEOC, the IRS, OSHA, a wage-hour investigator or union organizer knocked on your door tomorrow... would you be ready?

BizKeys empowers you to take a proactive approach to compliance with federal and state employment regulations.

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About Bizkeys

 BIZKEYS ( is a self help, easy to use resource, designed to help establishments within the hospitality industry achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal employment law.  The website incorporates a deliberate focus on laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor.  Approximately eighty two percent (82%) of hospitality industry violations are related to these laws.  

It is through a combination of legal information (the laws and regulations) located in the REFERENCE section and process tools such as found in the HIRING CENTER, DESIGN SHOP and SELF AUDIT section that makes the BIZKEYS website dynamic and unique in its ability to help users, quickly and easily find the answers they need to solve day to day employment law issues.   An added bonus is the COMMUNITY Section which is an open discussion (chat) forum allowing users to ask questions to other users and to Morris Jennings (ASK MORRIS JENNINGS), a former Wage and Hour enforcement officer with the U.S. Department of Labor.

There is much more to the power and value of the website.  Staying up to date is a necessary element for users in their quest for compliance.  Laws and regulations are constantly changing, harmful legislation is often looming in congress as well as executive orders signed by the President, and of course there are local and state issues to be weary of.  Users are notified of these changes through the MYBIZKEYS page, emailed Alerts and our monthly newsletter, BizWatch.

The BIZKEYS website was carefully developed by a team of software engineers and designers using the latest enterprise-ready web technology, with input from Human Resource professionals, business owners, a prominent Labor Attorney, a former Wage and Hour enforcement officer and numerous business leaders.

It is made up of over 41,000 lines of code and includes such advanced capabilities as policy version control, multi-variant applicant filtering and search using natural language expression matching.  These great features make BizKeys easy to use with help tools and audio/video tutorials throughout.  Information is organized and bundled in the six major sections that provides for quick, easy to locate information related to a particular issue.

As needs change, the website will be updated to meet those changing needs.  Comments from users of the website list the two primary uses to be: (1) solving day to day employment problems and (2) training of supervisory and management employees.  In early 2016 BIZKEYS will roll out a new section to the website titled  TRAINING ROOM that will host a variety of live and recorded training modules, such as, The Fair Labor Standards Act, the basics of, All you need to know about tips, Overtime Pay,  and much more.

 BIZKEYS, LLC was founded by Jack Hobbs on September 16, 2009 and was launched on April 19, 2010.

Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs spent more than 35 years as a human resource director and owner of a multi-state staffing company. As a human resources professional, his labor and employment experience includes: involvement in arbitration hearings over the placement of temporary employees in a unionized facility; litigation of Workers’ Compensation cases; EEOC litigation; immigration compliance; unfair labor practice charges during a work stoppage; affirmative action plan development and maintenance; controlling labor cost and regulatory compliance in employment and maintaining a union free environment.

He received a B.A. degree in psychology from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an accredited human resources professional.

A Vietnam veteran, he received a Bronze Star for meritorious service while serving as a Marine Corp Lieutenant during active duty in Vietnam.

Bill Trumpeter

Bill Trumpeter is a labor attorney whose practice focuses on traditional labor law, equal employment opportunity litigation, and FLSA matters. He represents national, regional, and local clients in union avoidance, negotiations, arbitration, and mediation. He has successfully represented a national restaurant chain in a class-type FLSA case, as well as hundreds of labor arbitration cases, covering a variety of issues. He also provides training for clients wishing to be proactive in avoiding legal problems before they arise.

Bill received his J.D. at the University of Toledo and B.A. from Wittenberg University. He has Bar Admissions in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Bill has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law since 1993. He is also listed in the 2007 Super Lawyers for Tennessee and has been listed in Best Lawyers in Georgia and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Terry Blunt SPHR

Terry Blunt has more than 40 years experience in the Human Resources profession, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources for a large international company. He was responsible for labor and employee relations, workers comp, employee benefits, training and development, and communications. He was instrumental in developing policies, processes and philosophies to assure consistency, productivity and profitability within the organization.

He received his B.A. degree from the University of Chattanooga, an M.B.A. and M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He holds the designation Senior Professional In Human Resources (SPHR).

Terry proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he was the Distinguished Military Graduate in Officers Basic and Nuclear Warhead Schools. He was recipient of the 1998 James House Williamson Award presented annually by Tennessee SHRM to an outstanding human resources professional.

Mike Brown

Mike has been a member of the Tennessee and North Carolina business community for over 20 years with extensive experience in Marketing and Customer Service Management. As a trained Kaizen professional he helped introduce many companies in the southeast to the benefits of the Japanese way of measured performance. 

 He received his Business degrees from Gordon Military College and the University of Tennessee. As a Viet Nam era veteran he was a member the Army’s Special Services Unit. Mike has received extensive training in selling and customer service and has won numerous awards from Toyota Industrial Equipment for outstanding service in these fields.