MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed into law employment protections for workers who claim a religious or health reason for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Republican governor signed the legislation a day after it was approved by the Alabama Legislature.
The new law says state employers can’t fire workers for being unvaccinated against COVID-19 if the employee returns a new standardized state form to claim a religious, medical or moral exemption.
The bill states that employers should make the form readily available to all applicable employees, along with directions for submitting the form.
GOP-led states have turned to lawsuits and legislation to resist the federal vaccine requirements they call an infringement on personal liberties