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OFCCP Disability Regulations Implemented; ABC Challenge Dismissed

A ruling was issued Monday, March 24, 2014, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the case of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. v. Patricia A. Shiu. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related … Read More »

Federal Contractors Should Prepare for Increased Scrutiny from DOL Regarding Affirmative Action and Prevailing Wages

by Abtin Mehdizadegan Federal contactors will face unique challenges in 2014 under the current regulatory climate within the Department of Labor (“DOL”). Specifically, the DOL adopted new regulations—scheduled to take effect on March 24, 2014—that will significantly increase a contractor’s affirmative action obligations with respect to veterans and individuals with … Read More »

HR Audit: Are Your Policies Up-to-Date?

by Joe Ramsey In employment law, effective foresight is crucial to avoid regrettable hindsight. With the numerous hurdles and obstacles facing employers in their relationships with employees, it is not sufficient to focus only on certain issues while devoting little or no attention to others. Still, certain employment law areas … Read More »

Immigration Law in 2014: An Employer’s To-Do List

by Misty Wilson Borkowski If you are looking to reduce stress, the cliché is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” But, if you want to avoid fines and penalties for I-9 Form violations, “the devil is in the details!” The same can be said for making sure your company’s foreign nationals … Read More »

Arkansas’ New Law Aimed at Protecting Employee Social Media Accounts is in Effect: Regulatory Guidance Needed for Employers

by Mary Cooper During the 2013 legislative session, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 1480, now codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 11-2-124, which prohibits an employer from requiring or requesting current or prospective employees to disclose their social media account usernames or passwords. Several other states across the country … Read More »

Donna Galchus Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine

Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 19, 2013) – Donna Smith Galchus, a director in the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (CGWG), is highlighted in the November issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The feature article, “Advisory Role,” explores Galchus’ transition from college-level economics and statistics teaching to the labor … Read More »

R. Scott Zuerker Achieves Workers’ Comp Win for USA Truck, Inc.

R. Scott Zuerker, a director in the Fort Smith offices of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., achieved a favorable outcome for USA Truck, Inc. on August 28, 2013, in a workers’ compensation claim brought by Joe Watkins on February 3, 2009. In the decision, the Arkansas Court of Appeals … Read More »

A Zombie Apocalypse: Are Your Employees Arming Themselves at Work?

by Greg Northen With hit shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and recent movies like “World War Z,” it seems the odds of a possible zombie apocalypse have never been higher. Regardless of your take on whether such an event could occur, the number of Arkansans applying for concealed carry … Read More »