News by Category: Rulings & Regulations

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 »

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 ensure they are kicking off the New Year right.  The … 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 the full five-year record retention period. The final rule is … 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 »

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 require employers to inform employees about their right to report … 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, delaying its implementation nationwide. Employers are no longer required to … 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 National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez et al. As … Read More »

OSHA Delays Recordkeeping Rule to December 1, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until December 1, 2016. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas requested the delay to allow additional time to consider a motion challenging the new provisions. … 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 “high risk industries,” such as agriculture, construction, utilities, and manufacturing, … Read More »