Alabama Legislature puts a stop to Birmingham’s higher minimum wage

February 22, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Albert L. Vreeland

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As expected, on Thursday, February 25, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill preempting any local legislation (city or county) imposing a higher minimum wage or mandating a minimum level of employee benefits.  The bill was signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley shortly thereafter, rendering the Birmingham minimum wage hike a dead letter.  Now, any changes to the minimum wage for Alabama employers will have to come from Washington or Montgomery—which seems very unlikely in the current political climate.

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New Alabama noncompete law starts in January

November 30, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Al Vreeland

A bill signed into law over the summer will significantly strengthen Alabama employers’ ability to enforce noncompete agreements when the law takes effect January 1, 2016.

The state’s old noncompete statute makes a broad statement that noncompete agreements are void. It then creates several exceptions into which courts have shoehorned the modern version of the noncompete.

Alabama courts have generally stated that noncompetes are disfavored, but they can be enforced when they are related to a legitimate interest (e.g., protecting customer relationships or proprietary information) and are reasonably limited in time and geographic scope. That formula gave an enormous amount of discretion to judges to decide whether noncompetes would be enforceable and left employers with uncertainty.

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Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Blocked — At Least Temporarily

September 30, 2011 0 COMMENTS

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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ICE to Inspect 180 Employers in South

March 03, 2010 0 COMMENTS

By Hector Chichoni

On Tuesday, March 2, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had sent 180 notices of inspections (NOIs) to employers in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

At least 30 NOIs have been sent to employers in Tennessee and another 30 or so to employers located in southern and central Alabama. ICE has not yet disclosed the targeted employers’ names.

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