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Illegal Immigrants in the Workplace: A Look at Alabama and Federal Laws - on CD
The number of illegal immigrants living in Alabama increased by an estimated 30 percent in 2009, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Illegal immigrants make up an estimated 2.8 percent of the state's population and an estimated 5.1 percent of Alabama's workforce.
Nationally, illegal immigrants make up an estimated 3.7 percent of the population and an estimated 5.1 percent of the work force. In 2009, there were an estimated 11.1 million illegal immigrants nationwide, down from 11.6 million in 2008.
In June 2011, Governor Bentley signed the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, an anti-illegal immigration bill. The act, minus enjoined provisions, took effect on September 29, 2011. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined certain sections of the act. In May 2012, Gov. Bentley signed an amended version of the act. The Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion in August finding that the United States is likely to succeed on its preemption claims as to some sections of the act but finding that the United States had failed to show certain other sections were facially invalid.
With illegal immigration on the rise and new legislation coming into play, it's crucial for you to understand how state and federal laws address the issues surrounding illegal immigrants in the workforce.
Learn more by participating in this interactive CLE webinar for Alabama attorneys.
- Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act: Are permanent disability benefits available to undocumented aliens?
- Immigration status and discovery
- Federal immigration law, which requires employers to verify their employees’ status in the country through at least two forms of ID
- The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act: Background, timeline, and provisions in effect
- Future considerations
About your presenter:
Attorney Robert A. (Drew) Feeley, an associate attorney with Wilson & Berryhill, P.C. in Birmingham, has gained considerable experience in handling cases within the firm’s practice areas, especially in construction defects, workers’ compensation, insurance coverage, and appellate advocacy.