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Alabama Compliance and Regulatory Resources

50 percent of business owners say maintaining regulatory compliance is extremely or very challenging.1 Alabama employment compliance can be complex, but Paychex strives to make HR compliance simple. Explore some of the requirements your business to comply with such as minimum wage, workplace safety, workers’ compensation, and more.

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State Tax Rates and Limits

State Supplemental Withholding Rate*


2024 AL Withholding Tables

State Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Limit


State Unemployment Rate Range for Employers

0.20% to 5.40%

The state has two surcharges, with the Employment Security Assessment rate of 0.06% not included in this rate range.

State Unemployment New Employer Rate


State Hourly Minimum Wage

Federal minimum wage applies ($7.25)

State Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees



All employers with one or more employees working in Alabama must enroll in E-Verify, except for sole proprietors. Businesses with fewer than 25 employees can use the Alabama E-Verify Employer Agent Service in lieu of registering directly with E-Verify. 

  • Penalties: Noncompliance could include probation, suspension and ultimate revocation of business license, and federal fines.

Note to employers: Employers have requirements once enrolled in E-Verify, including but not limited to completion of Form I-9 and its verification (the Three Day Rule). Noncompliance could lead to significant civil fines. Some local municipalities also have E-Verify requirements.

State Tax ID Registration

Withholding Registration

  • Registration instructions for Alabama state withholding
    • Registration might take 3 to 5 business days to process. You will receive a Tax Account Certificate by mail that contains your new account number with format 0000XXXXXX (0000 and 6 digits) or R0XXXXXXXX (R0 and 7 digits)
    • Email your registration confirmation and Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement to your Paychex Service Professional.

State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) Registration

  • Registration instructions for Alabama SUI. There is immediate registration approval upon completion
    • An account summary confirmation will appear with your SUI ID with the format: XX-XXXXXX-XX (10 digits)
    • Complete and notarize the Alabama SUI Power of Attorney (POA). Email the POA and the registration confirmation to your Paychex Service Professional.

Entering your account numbers in Paychex Flex: Enter your new account number in your Paychex Flex® account to ensure that your Paychex account is updated and email your registration confirmation document to your Paychex Service Professional.

Workplace Safety


Alabama is a federal OSHA state that covers most private-sector workers but not state and local government employees. Additional contact information available

Workers' Compensation

  • Coverage is mandatory for employers with five (5) or more employees
  • Construction coverage needed at employee No. 1
  • Employee includes all full or part-time employees, officers of a corporation, or members of an LLC

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