With many school districts beginning their winter breaks and students preparing for the holidays, teachers should be aware that a new law in Alabama prohibits them from accepting gifts of monetary value.
In many places, students giving teachers gifts for the holidays is not a problem. However, teachers in Alabama who accepts gifts of monetary value can now face up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine . Acceptable gifts include things of nominal value, like home-baked goods.
The law — which went into effect earlier this year — also applies to public officials and employees and is considered to be one of the strictest laws concerning acceptable gifts for teachers in the country.