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Governor Signs Bill into Law Clarifying Provisions of AMMA

Today the Governor signed into law a bill clarifying the employment provisions of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. The new law provides guidance for Arkansas employers who are required to comply with the marijuana law’s employment provisions while maintaining safe workplaces for employees and the public. The bill was primarily … Read More »

Bill to Amend the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment Passes

A bill clarifying the employment provisions of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA) has passed both houses of the Arkansas Legislature, and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. The bill provides guidance to Arkansas employers seeking to comply with the AMMA while simultaneously fulfilling their duty to provide a safe workplace … Read More »

Proposed Rules Shed Light on the Implementation of the Arkansas Marijuana Law

The State of Arkansas is one step closer to implementing the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA). The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission recently released proposed rules and regulations governing the licensing of cultivation facilities and dispensaries. The Commission must begin accepting applications for licenses by July 1, 2017. Pursuant to the … Read More »

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 »

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 the Form I-9 will be invalid, and employers will be required to … 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 battle with the 2017 session. From establishing the first medical … 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 »