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What does Alabama’s new gun bill mean for employers?

May 21, 2013

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On May 20, 2013, the Alabama House voted 73-28 to approve SB 286, the Omnibus Gun Bill, that will affect employers’ ability to limit employees from carrying firearms onto business property. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign. [UPDATE: Governor Bentley signed the bill on May 22, […]

How Do You Craft a Successful Social Media Policy?

April 3, 2013

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The Birmingham Business Journal asked its social media followers and local experts, including RMLG’s DeWayne Pope, about their best practices for creating a social media policy. DeWayne’s tip? “While there are laws and other legal concerns employers should be aware of, employers should also remember that social media is about developing community and organic, two-way […]

USCIS Releases a New Form I-9

March 11, 2013

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On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of the Form I-9 (find it here). According to the USCIS Web site, the “Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274)” is in the process of being updated to correspond to the new form and will be released next […]

Expanded FMLA Rules Take Effect March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013

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On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final regulations implementing two expansions in the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (“FY 2010 NDAA”) and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (“AFCTCA”). The final rule also revises and clarifies a few other existing regulations. The […]

Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff And Passes First Major Tax Increase in Almost Twenty Years

January 3, 2013

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Early Tuesday morning, the U.S.  Senate passed a bill aimed at averting spending cuts and tax increases that comprised the dreaded “fiscal cliff.”  House Republicans were extremely critical of the bill for not including enough spending cuts.  However, the House approved the bi-partisan legislation under the extreme pressure of trying to avoid the fiscal cliff […]

Obama’s Second Term: What Does It Mean for Employers and the Workplace?

November 8, 2012

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The 2012 presidential election is now over (despite Florida still counting votes) and Obama has won a second term. Now, that the election is over, what can employers expect in the next four years with regard to human resources and employment law? President Obama will continue to control appointments to agencies such as the Department […]

Vote Yes for Amendment 9 – Repealing and Replacing Outdated Corporate Legal Laws

November 1, 2012

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Because a statewide citizen vote about Alabama’s corporate law is a once in a career event for corporate lawyers, the business lawyers of RMLG believe it is important to educate the public about Amendment 9 which is on the ballot this coming election.  All of us are for this amendment, and we hope that you […]