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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

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

DOL Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked By Texas Judge

On November 16, 2016, Judge Sam Cummings of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a permanent injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “Persuader Rule,” which was previously temporarily enjoined on June 28, 2016, in ... Read More

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses which takes effect on August 10, 2016. The final rule requires employers with more than 250 employees or employers in ... Read More

NLRB Orders Company to Reopen Plant Despite Lost Demand

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is once again dictating how and when a company can close a facility, magnified in the recent case Gunderson Rail Service, LLC issued June 23, 2016 by the NLRB.  The Board ordered a Tucson, Arizona ... Read More

DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of a much-anticipated overtime exemption rule, raising the minimum salary threshold required to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) "white collar" overtime exemption to $47,476 ... Read More