News by Category: Wage and Hour

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 »

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 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 per year. This rule will broaden federal overtime pay regulations to include … 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 »

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, Arkansas’ minimum wage will increase to $8.00 per hour, per a ballot initiative passed in 2014. With 65 percent of the vote, the Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative passed resoundingly in the November 2014 General Election. This Act raises the Arkansas minimum wage at graduated intervals between … Read More »

“So, how much do you make?”: The Trend Towards Sharing Wage Data

by Greg Northen At a time when the cost of basic commodities like eggs and milk continues to rise, many Americans complain that salary increases remain stagnant. In fact, according to research conducted by benefits consulting firm Towers Watson and human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt, the annual pay raise … Read More »