Two Alabama Agencies Merge

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The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations and the Alabama Department of Labor will merge Oct. 1, with the new department known as the Department of Labor.

Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett is retiring after nine years in the post, and Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees will lead the combined department.

The Alabama Legislature approved the merger with the support of the governor, and it's supposed to save $100,000 to $200,000 per year.

Surtees said that will come from eliminating rent and other operating expenses and consolidating functions.

Surtees said people filing unemployment compensation claims online should begin using the new website for which a link is provided below.