By emergency rule adopted July 10, 2020, the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) now requires all Alabama employers to provide notice of the potential availability of unemployment benefits to employees at the time of their separation. The requirement to notify employees took effect immediately. This notice requirement applies to separation for any reason, including employees who were terminated or those who voluntarily resigned. The required notice may be made by letter, email, text message, or flyer. The Alabama Department of Labor provided a sample flyer, which can be found here.
The notice requirement is imposed on employers in states—like Alabama—that have accepted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) funds for unemployment compensation programs.
Employers should update their employment separation practices to comply with this rule. We are available to address your individual circumstances and questions.