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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 »

Ho Ho No: Another Office Holiday Party!

Whether attending an office Christmas party or watching it unfold on screen in a holiday comedy, company-sponsored holiday parties can be an HR professional’s worst nightmare. It is estimated that over two-thirds of employers will host some form of holiday party for their employees in 2016, with many of these … Read More »

Remembering Donna Smith Galchus

It is with heavy hearts that Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. announces the passing of colleague and friend, Donna Smith Galchus. Donna passed away on December 4, 2016, after a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends. Donna was a founding member of CGWG where she practiced labor and employment … 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 »