AT ISSUE: Senate Bill 381

Recent rulings by the Alabama Supreme Court have held that decisions by unemployment compensation agency hearing officers can have a binding effect upon the claims and defenses of both employees and employers in subsequent litigation. Most workers and many employers attend such hearings without an attorney and may be unaware of the effect their statements and the final decision of the hearing official may have on other rights they enjoy.

This fact sheet examines SB 381, which would preclude the use of any "finding of fact, conclusion of law, judgment, or final order" from a hearing challenging the denial of unemployment compensation benefits in any other action or proceeding.

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