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Medical Marijuana: What Does This Mean to Employers?

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA) legalizes the use of marijuana. The AMMA was approved by Arkansas voters with a 53-47% approval margin. Even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law, more than half of the states allow medicinal and/or ... Read More

Is Your Website ADA-Accessible?

by: Abtin Mehdizadegan You installed wheelchair ramps in offices; your doorways are at least thirty-two inches wide; you have braille printed on signs; and you have taken all of the steps necessary to provide physical access to your business for ... Read More

Deadline Approaching for Using “Smart" Form I-9

The new "Smart" Form I-9 has been released and the deadline for using the new form is quickly approaching. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 until January 21, 2017. After January 21, all previous versions of ... Read More

Looking Ahead: Arkansas’s 91st General Assembly

The 91st General Assembly convened on Monday at the State Capitol, and the next two months will likely bring a flurry of new laws to Arkansas.  With over 2,000 bills proposed during the last session, legislators face a similar uphill ... Read More

Kicking Off the New Year: Are You In Compliance?

The New Year is here and with it come new goals for federal agencies, and new rules and regulations taking effect. With a new administration, a new political agenda, and several pending rules and regulations in the works, employers must ... Read More

OSHA Clarifies Employers' Recordkeeping Obligations

In the final days of the Obama Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that “clarifies” its position that an employer’s duty to record work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation that continues for ... Read More

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, Arkansas’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 per hour, per a ballot initiative passed in 2014. The Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative has raised the Arkansas minimum wage at graduated intervals between 2015 and 2017. The minimum ... Read More

Ho Ho No: Another Office Holiday Party!

Whether attending an office Christmas party or watching it unfold on screen in a holiday comedy, company-sponsored holiday parties can be an HR professional’s worst nightmare. It is estimated that over two-thirds of employers will host some form of holiday ... Read More

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rules Take Effect December 1, 2016

Despite several businesses and trade associations challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) final record-keeping rule, the anti-retaliation provisions' restrictions on safety incentive programs and post-accident drug testing will be enforced beginning December 1, 2016. The controversial provisions ... Read More

FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

A Texas federal judge has blocked the Department of Labor's rule on overtime pay that made 4.2 million private-sector workers eligible for expanded overtime protections. The U.S. District Court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the FLSA overtime rule, ... Read More