News by Category: Policies & Procedures

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 recreational use of the drug, with Arkansas being one of … 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 disabled employees, clients, or visitors. You believe that your business … 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 wage rate was increased from $6.25 to $7.50 in 2015, … Read More »

Arkansas Voters Pass Amendment To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, was approved by Arkansas voters with a 53-47% approval margin. Even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, more than half of U.S. states allow recreational or medical use of the drug, with Arkansas being one of the first southern states to approve … Read More »

Pokémon is a No-Go in the Workplace

“Pokémon Go,” a smartphone game, has invaded the United States and the rest of the world since its release on July 6, 2016.  In just a few weeks, Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 7.5 million times.  Pokémon Go is a virtual scavenger hunt, letting players hunt for different characters … Read More »

New EEOC Nationwide Procedures Threaten the Confidentiality of Position Statements

by: Carolyn Witherspoon   New EEOC Nationwide Procedures Threaten the Confidentiality of Position Statements Employers be warned–the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) just announced new procedures that could allow potentially disgruntled charging parties to get their hands on information that you intended to keep confidential. According to an announcement made … Read More »

Snow Days and FMLA Leave

by Cindy Kolb During the winter season, it’s not uncommon for businesses to close for a day or two due to inclement weather. But, after a snow day, when the snowmen have melted and the hot chocolate is all gone, employers might be left wondering how the time off affects … Read More »

EEOC to Begin Collecting Wage Data from Employers: What the Sweeping Revisions to the EEO-1 Report Mean for Your Business

By Abtin Mehdizadegan On January 29, 2016, in conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed sweeping changes to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) in an effort to target and enforce pay equity discrimination in the workforce. These … Read More »

Final Rule Protecting Discussion of Employee Compensation Now In Effect

The Final Rule protecting employees who “inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant” from adverse employment actions in the workplace became effective Monday, January 11, 2016. The so-called “pay secrecy ban,” issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), … Read More »