New Alabama law opens door to erase certain criminal convictions

by Whitney Brown

A new Alabama law taking effect July 7 allows individuals to apply to have certain criminal proceedings expunged, meaning an applicant will be excused from disclosing the offense on employment applications.

Offenses must be misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies, and charges must have been dismissed, been “no-billed” by a grand jury, been dismissed following the offender’s completion of a deferred prosecution program, or yielded a “not guilty” verdict.

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Alabama guns-at-work law takes effect August 1

by Albert L. Vreeland

Beginning August 1, employees with a valid Alabama concealed weapon permit may keep a firearm in their vehicles at work. Also, during hunting season, employees with a valid Alabama hunting license may store an unloaded rifle or shotgun in their vehicles at work. The change is a result of a law signed by Governor Robert Bentley on May 22.

The hunting season provision doesn’t apply to employees who have been convicted of a violent crime or domestic violence, are subject to a restraining order, have been previously committed to a psychiatric hospital, or have committed prior acts of workplace violence or made violent threats.

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Alabama law banning texting while driving takes effect

Alabama’s law banning texting while driving went into effect August 1, meaning you need to be careful not to encourage employees to text and drive while on the job.

House Bill 2 prohibits “any person from operating a motor vehicle on a public street, road, or highway while also text messaging on a handheld cell phone or other handheld wireless telecommunication device.” The new law expands on other legislation that already prohibited text messaging or phone use by those under 18 holding a restricted license.

The law imposes a $25 fine for the first violation, a $50 fine for a second violation, and a $75 fine for a third violation. In addition, a conviction will constitute a two-point violation on the violator’s driving record.

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Categories: Alabama / OSHA

Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Blocked — At Least Temporarily

Alabama employers may see some relief in a federal judge’s opinion on the state’s tough new immigration law even though most of the law was allowed to stand.

Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled on September 28 that key parts of House Bill 56, which was signed into law June 9, can take effect. But she blocked enforcement of Sections 11(a), 13, 16, and 17.

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Categories: Alabama / Immigration

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