Farmers and agribusinesses concerned about the impact of the state's new immigration law can view a statewide web seminar series on Friday, Oct. 14, according to John McMillan, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

“Now that there is a ruling from the federal district court, we are moving forward to help farmers and agribusinesses understand their role and responsibilities in complying with the immigration law,” McMillan said.

“This law contains many provisions with stiff fines and penalties. It is critical for farmers and agribusinesses to understand fully how this law applies to them.”

Working in conjunction with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries has advised agriculture stakeholder groups to invite their members to the three-part web seminar series, which begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m.

Labor law expert Thomas M. Eden of the Capell & Howard law firm will conduct the seminars, which include an overview of the law, complying with key provisions and record-keeping.

Specific seminar subjects are:

1) "Do's and Don'ts for Employers"
2) "The E-Verify Enrollment Process"
3) "Form I-9 Supervisor Training & Tips"

ACES has offices in all 67 Alabama counties where people can attend the live seminars. For those unable to travel, seminars will also be available for viewing online once live sessions are recorded and archived.

For more information, contact the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries at 334-240-7100. For a listing of ACES office locations, visit aces.edu/counties.