Alabama Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Alabama Hiring: What you need to know

The Alabama Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from discriminating against employees and job applicants who are 40 years of age or older (AL Code Sec. 25-1-20 et seq.).
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A private employer may have a voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy (AL Code Sec. 25–1–52). The policy must be in writing and must be applied uniformly to employment decisions affecting hiring, promotion, or retention during a reduction in force.
Alabama's New Hire Act of 1997 requires all employers to report the name, address, and Social Security number of each new employee to the state (AL Code Sec. 25-11-1). Employers with five or more employees must report new hires electronically via the Internet. Employers with fewer than five employees may report electronically or by mailing or faxing a copy of the employee’s W-4 form. Employers must also report the rehire of any employee who was previously laid off, furloughed, terminated, or placed on leave without pay. Failure to report as required can result in the assessment of fines against the employer.
Details on filing requirements and other information are available online from the Alabama Department of Labor.
Last reviewed April 2017.

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