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Birmingham, Alabama, City Council Attempts to Implement Immediate Minimum Wage Increase for All Employers

The Birmingham City Council has voted to implement a new ordinance increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 beginning February 24, 2016, for all employers within the city limits.

Administrative requirements, however, may delay implementation of the new ordinance. The ordinance must be signed by the mayor, published in the newspaper, and must meet other administrative requirements, actions that may not be completed before the Alabama legislature’s bill barring city and local government wage laws is signed by the Governor. Alabama has no state minimum wage law.

The Birmingham ordinance originally sought to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 in July 2016, then to $10.10 in July 2017. However, in an apparent effort to circumvent anticipated contrary state law, the Council voted on February 23rd to implement the increase immediately.

The Alabama state legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit city or other local governments from enacting such patchwork wage laws. The state bill already has passed the House of Representatives and is before the Senate. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor before the end of February.

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David T Willey, Management, Labor, EEO, Workers Compensation, Jackson Lewis Law Firm
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David T. Wiley is a Principal in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Wiley concentrates his practice in training, advising and representing management in labor, EEO, workers’ compensation and other employment matters.

He is a regular speaker at employment law and human resources seminars and conferences, including the Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section’s annual conference.

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Thomas A. Davis, Jackson Lewis, Principal. human resource strategies lawyer, Labor Litigation Attorney
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Tom Davis is a Principal and Litigation Manager in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He managed the Birmingham office from the opening in 2007 to 2013.

Mr. Davis is responsible for all aspects of legal practice related to the workplace, including providing advice on internal human resource strategies. He also manages all aspects of office administration, as well as a team of lawyers and paralegals working on employment litigation, including multi-plaintiff, collective actions and class action litigation, throughout the country. A significant part of Mr. Davis’ work includes the defense of multi-plaintiff cases throughout the Southeast. Mr. Davis also manages the administrative charges outsourced by a Fortune 30 Company across the country. In addition, he regularly trains and provides general advice on a variety of legal issues related to preventing and managing employment claims. This includes providing strategic advice on complex matters and insight on how to address and establish internal systems to effectively respond to claims with a goal to avoiding litigation and any internal business disruption.

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