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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 »

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 »