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Duke It Out?

by Laura Dyer Johnson In California, Irving Duke prepared a handwritten will leaving his estate to his wife or, if he and his wife passed away at the same time, to a number of specified charities. Irving did not plan to outlive his wife though, so his will was silent … Read More »

Legal Battle Over LGBT Rights Continues to Evolve – Transgender Woman Sues Arkansas Employer for Wrongful Termination, Sex Discrimination

by Cindy Kolb *Editorial assistance by Parker Cope One of the fastest changing areas of the law – accelerated even more quickly by the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling – is the continuing legal dialogue regarding the protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. … Read More »

OFCCP Announces Final Rule Protecting Discussion of Employee Compensation

by Abtin Mehdizadegan On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the Department of Labor (DOL), issued a 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 … Read More »

New Executive Order Establishes Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave, per year, to their employees, continuing the pro-labor trend of the administration’s recent actions. Under the Order, both full-time and part-time employees who … Read More »

Building Your “Death Panel?”

by Laura Dyer Johnson, Estate Planning and Elder Law I’ll be honest, I still haven’t read the 2,700 pages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the more than 11.5 million words that go into the regulations to implement it (and I’m guessing I’m not alone in that). But, do … Read More »

DOL Issues “One-Two Punch” to Employers

by Missy Duke and Jess Sweere Recent statements made by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) suggest that the DOL is taking a more aggressive stance with respect to exempt/non-exempt and employee/independent contractor misclassification matters than it ever has before. The DOL has proposed a rule change that would raise … Read More »

Employers – Revisit and Revise: Non-Compete Agreements in 2015

by Missy Duke Introduction In early 2015, the 90th Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 921, enacting the first restrictive covenant statute in Arkansas. This new statute addresses many concerns and uncertainties employers had regarding non-compete agreements. It applies to the enforceability of non-compete agreements made pursuant to an employment relationship … Read More »

Equal Rights = Equal Estate Plans?

by Laura Dyer Johnson As the dust begins to settle from the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same sex marriage across the country, the ripple effects for individuals and couples affected by it are taking shape. In the pre-Obergefell era, an estate plan was … Read More »