Adams and Reese Partner Scott Hetrick
, a labor and employment attorney, participated on a panel conducted by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at the Foley Civic Center as Hetrick and Baldwin county officials, including South Baldwin Chamber Chairman and Adams and Reese Partner Britton Bonner
, discussed the new Alabama immigration law and its concerns for the local economy and its effect on businesses.
The Mobile Press-Register covered the event in the article, “Immigration: Baldwin County Residents Express Concerns Over Law,” published in the November 30th online edition.
Other panelists included Alabama Homeland Security Deputy Director John Thomas “J.T.” Jenkins, Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack and Probate Judge Tim Russell, as they discusses issues such as checking employees, parental rights and utility contracts in front of approximately 100 employers and human resources executives in attendance.
After the meeting at the Foley Civic Center, Bonner said the Chamber’s concern is how the law will affect the economy of the region.
“The law needs to help businesses do business, and to the extent that it doesn’t help businesses do business, it’s not good,” he said. “At this point, I’m not sure that it’s helping any.”
Officials said the E-Verify system to confirm a job applicant’s immigration status is scheduled to go into effect in December. By Jan. 1, Alabama companies doing business with the state or federal government will be required to check applicants. All businesses will have to use the system by April 1.Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200". The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.