John Hargrove spoke to approximately 200 employers in Montgomery on August 17 at a seminar devoted to Alabama’s new immigration law. The seminar was sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors and Alabama Employers for Immigration Reform.
Keith Covington spoke before a packed house in Homewood’s City Hall on Alabama’s new immigration law on August 3. In a seminar organized by the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and the Alabama Employers for Immigration Reform, Covington discussed the provisions of the new law that most directly impacts employers, including the new E-Verify requirements and the prohibition against “knowingly” hiring, employing, or continuing to employ unauthorized aliens. Covington explained that the question of whether an employer has “knowledge” will likely be judged under the federal standard, meaning that “an employer with no direct knowledge of an employee’s illegal status could face penalties if it’s determined that he should have known.” Covington also outlined how the new Alabama law differs from the federal immigration statute, warning that “[the state law] provides very stiff penalties in a very scary enforcement scheme that does not exist in federal law.” Covington previously spoke on this issue in Mobile at the Semmes Community Center on July 25.
We will have another seminar in Huntsville on August 31 at which Keith Covington will be a featured speaker.