Job creation ombudsman would have helped the smallest businesses legally complete hiring process

Legislation introduced Feb. 22 would have established a program within the Department of Labor to assist small businesses with job creation. It never received committee consideration.

Under HB398, the department would have had an Alabama Job Creation Ombudsman who would help businesses with fewer than five employees legally complete the process for hiring employees. Businesses that completed the steps provided by the ombudsman would be immune from criminal or civil liability for any hiring deficiencies.

Another bill introduced this session that died would have:

  • Required each business in a shopping mall to have at least one functional, operating video camera at all times. HB291 defined shopping mall as “any building that houses or is designed or intended to house five or more sales or rental establishments, or any series of buildings on a common site, connected by a common pedestrian access route above or below the ground floor, that is either under common ownership or common control or developed either as one project or as a series of related projects, that houses or is designed or intended to house five or more sales or rental establishments.” The operating video camera requirement in the legislation also would have applied to state, county and municipal courthouses.

Status of other introductions this session includes:

This article is part of the Alabama Retail Report, a communication for Alabama Retail Association members. Not a member? Join us!

Reprints or republishing are welcomed but require permission. Contact us for permission.