A bill (S1449) introduced in the state Senate on February 18 proposes to require every employer, after hiring an employee, to verify the employment eligibility of the employee through the E-Verify program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly-hired employees. If passed, the bill would prohibit the employment of unauthorized aliens and impose penalties on employers that knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens, up to and including the permanent revocation of any and all of an employer’s business licenses issued by the state or any political subdivisions of the state.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21—the “Stay Home, Safe Safe” order—and various county emergency orders issued in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have raised numerous questions regarding their interpretation and enforcement. State leaders in public health, state directors, and the attorney general have commented upon enforcement or issued orders of their own.
On May 21, 2019, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed Act 2019-204. This legislation, introduced initially in the Alabama Senate, links an employee’s maximum weekly unemployment benefits and their duration to the state’s unemployment rate.
A bill (A3924) was introduced in the Assembly on May 11, 2009 to overturn the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County v. Board of Review, 197 N.J. 339 (2009), which held that striking employees were entitled to receive unemployment benefits when their strike did not cause a stoppage