Articles About Alabama Labor And Employment Law.
Alabama Workforce and Wage Gap Task Force Takes Aim at State’s Pay Disparities
On April 13, 2022, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey approved an act establishing the Alabama Workforce and Wage Gap Task Force. The task force will “identify evidence-based policies to assist lawmakers in implementing laws to close the wage gap” in Alabama by investigating the root causes of pay disparities.
Alabama Court Temporarily Enjoins All Picketing in Mine Workers Strike
Strikes have been in the news recently. Employers faced with a strike, or a possible strike, often wish to know their legal options, including whether they may seek injunctive relief. The short answer is that federal law prohibits courts from enjoining employees’ exercise of their right to lawfully strike. However,
Alabama DOL Publishes Emergency Rules for Handling Appeals to Employers’ Denials of Vaccine Exemption Requests
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 9, which restricts Alabama employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. SB 9 directs Alabama employers to “exempt vaccination as a condition of employment for any employee who has completed and submitted [an] exemption form” and
Alabama Law Creates Additional Exemptions From Mandatory Vaccination Policies
On November 5, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 9, restricting Alabama employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. The law took effect immediately.
Alabama Joins Pushback on Vaccine Mandates
Alabama joined other states in pushing back against federal workplace vaccine mandates. On November 5, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 9 that places new limits on Alabama employers’ ability to terminate the employment of workers who refuse a mandated COVID-19 vaccine.
Alabama Attorney General Issues Public Notice Summarizing State Law on Vaccine Requirements
On May 24, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 267 (Act No. 2021-493), a measure prohibiting state entities and private businesses from requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination in order to receive goods or services. Following “an increase in legal questions related to … COVID-19
Alabama Legalizes Medical Marijuana While Allowing Employers Discretion as to Participating Workers
On May 17, 2021, Governor Kay Ivey signed Alabama’s new medical marijuana law, known as the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act, making Alabama the 37th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The law identifies specific qualifying medical conditions, including but not limited to autism spectrum disorder (ASD);
Alabama Enacts Medical Marijuana Law
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed legislation legalizing medical cannabis on May 17, 2021. Known as the Darren Wesley “Ato” Hall Compassion Act, the law permits the use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions including Crohn’s disease, depression, epilepsy, HIV/AIDs, panic disorder, Parkinson’s disease, persistent nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder,
Alabama Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana: Roll Tide! (and a Joint?)
On May 6, 2021, the Alabama legislature approved a medical marijuana legalization bill. Senate Bill (SB) 46, more commonly known as the Darren Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall Compassion Act, will now go to Governor Kay Ivey for final approval. Governor Ivey has not indicated that she will veto the bill, although
Alabama Becomes 10th State to Enact Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation for Student Athletes
On April 20, 2021, Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law a name, image, and likeness (NIL) bill, making Alabama the tenth state to enact such legislation.
Alabama Department of Labor Announces New Documentation Requirement and Enforcement Initiative
The Alabama Department of Labor (AL DOL) recently announced two new changes affecting employers.
Alabama Governor Adds Statewide Facial Covering Requirement to ‘Safer at Home’ Order
On July 15, 2020, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended “Safer at Home” order, adding a facial covering requirement. This facial covering order, which goes into effect on July 16, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., requires (1) facial coverings for individuals; (2) protections for employees; and (3) protections for customers.
Governor Ivey Imposes Statewide Mask Requirement for Alabama
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey entered an amended order to her original Safer at Home order on July 15, 2020. It generally requires masks or face coverings to be worn when people are within six feet of someone from a different household in the following situations: (1) indoor spaces that are
Alabama Reopens: Amended Safer at Home Order Loosens Restrictions on Additional Businesses
On May 21, 2020, Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order that removed restrictions and provided extended guidance to Alabama businesses as the state continued to reopen.