Retail Report: New health order encourages health protections; home delivery bill on governor’s desk

As of 5 p.m. today, Friday, April 9, Alabama is under a new health order that encourages, rather than mandates, employers to protect their employees and customers from the coronavirus by encouraging the use of face coverings, maintaining six feet of separation and regularly disinfecting.

After receiving several questions from Alabama Retail Association members about how the new order affects their operations, our employment law resource partner answered questions about communicating with employees and customers:

Q & A with Alabama Retail’s Employment Law Partner
Can businesses continue to require masks? How to communicate mask policy with employees and customers? How to encourage wearing of mask and social distancing?
State law shields businesses and others from lawsuits related to the pandemic, unless the claimant shows by clear and convincing evidence that the covered entity did not reasonably attempt to comply with the then applicable public health guidance. The state health order is the applicable public health guidance as defined by the law, advises legal counsel for the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, a coalition of Alabama businesses and pro-business organizations committed to legal fairness.

It would be prudent at a very minimum to adopt, and post prominently, notifications of the business or employer’s policy encouraging the protections outlined” in the state health order, ACJRC recommends to maintain the liability protection signed into law in the second week of the current legislative session.

In future pandemics and epidemics, all businesses can remain open in declared emergencies under the same guidelines, based on legislation the governor signed into law Thursday with an effective date of July 1.

The Legislature has completed two-thirds of its regular session. Nine legislative days remain in its 30-day session, which is to end on or before May 17. The House convenes at 1 p.m. and the Senate at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, for the 22nd legislative day.

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As of July 1, businesses and churches can stay open under the same guidelines in an emergency (

Home delivery of sealed beer, wine and liquor rests with the governor (

‘Fix’ to avoid accruing interest on state income taxes owed could receive final approval Tuesday in the House  (

Senate-approved pharmacy benefit manager compromise headed to House Health (

Agreed-on direct wine shipment bill advances (

Governor signs pharmacy licensing reform into law; insulin co-pay cap on her desk (

Suspending/revoking retailer tobacco permits for nonpayment ready for final OK in the House (

Mountain Brook entertainment district bill on governor’s desk (

It’s a no: Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer vote against unionizing (

SBA offers low-interest disaster loans in 7 Alabama counties to businesses and individuals affected by January tornado (

Alabama Senate debates lottery bill; delays final vote (

Bill to allow medical marijuana in Alabama advances (

Alabama lifetime concealed carry permit bill receives final approval (

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