Law Updates

ARA Members: New Updated Federal 6-in-1 Poster in the Mail

ARA Members: New Updated Federal 6-in-1 Poster in the Mail

Mandatory updates to required Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage) and Polygraph Protection Act workplace posters became effective Aug. 1, 2016. On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Alabama Retail Association mailed an updated 6-in-1 federal poster, including the Aug. 1 changes to each…

Updated Federal Workplace Posters Required

Mandatory changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage) and Polygraph Protection Act workplace posters became effective Aug. 1, 2016.  Retailers must display the updated posters where your employees can easily see them. Learn more about where to post. If you…

Affordable Care Act Deadlines Approaching in Late May or June

Affordable Care Act Deadlines Approaching in Late May or June

Since Jan. 1, 2016, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees (or equivalents) have been required to offer affordable, minimum value insurance coverage to their full-time employees (who work 30 or more hours a week, on average), under the federal Affordable…

Revenue Department clarifies tax exempt sales notice

Revenue Department clarifies tax exempt sales notice

Tax-exempts need certificates Retailers buying or selling for resale need sales tax license A notice the Alabama Revenue Department sent to retailers Nov. 4 about new certification requirements for statutorily tax-exempt organizations — such as United Way agencies and YMCAs…

As of Sept. 1, Withhold State Income Taxes on All Employees

As of Sept. 1, Withhold State Income Taxes on All Employees

Following the Alabama Legislature’s first 2015 special session, Gov. Robert Bentley signed the Alabama Taxpayer Fraud Prevention Act. The new law, effective Sept. 1, 2015, requires employers to withhold state income taxes from all employees, including those who were previously…

Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has changed the health care landscape for insurers, individuals, and, especially, employers. President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) into law Tuesday, March 23,…

ADA Access Lawsuits on the Rise

ADA Access Lawsuits on the Rise

By Whitney  R. Brown, Esq. According to al.com, 2014 saw a 288 percent increase in one type of lawsuit: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access lawsuits. Retailers and restaurateurs have been hit particularly hard by these lawsuits, in which disabled individuals claim to have been denied similar access and enjoyment in places…

Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2014

Taxpayer Fairness Act of 2014

Alabama has become the 32nd state with an independent tax appeals process, Gov. Robert Bentley said in a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday, March 19, of HB105 by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, and Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville. The bill actually became…