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Executive Action on Immigration

By Misty Wilson Borkowski President Obama recently announced a series of Executive Actions that make several important administrative changes in the immigration process that will impact employers and foreign nationals alike in several important ways. The Executive Actions create a new deferred action program for certain parents of US citizens; … Read More »

It’s a Trap! Delayed Enforcement of DOL’s Home Health Care Regulations Still Subjects Employers to Costly Litigation

By Abtin Mehdizadegan The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) promulgated new regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that change the employment landscape for those who provide home-care services in recognition of the increased demand for home healthcare workers as the Baby Boomer generation progresses … Read More »

Employer’s Response to Off-Duty Misconduct of Employees

By Joe Ramsey, Cindy Kolb and Misty Wilson Borkowski Employers oftentimes are placed in complicated and difficult situations when it comes to making decisions based on an employee’s off-duty conduct. Although most employers would agree it is reasonable for employees to expect a degree of latitude in their off-duty conduct, … Read More »

Immigration Reform Heats Up Again

By Misty Wilson Borkowski President Obama will address the nation at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 20, 2014, to outline the executive action he is taking to advance comprehensive immigration reform. The statement Thursday night will be followed by a rally at a Las Vegas High School on Friday, … Read More »

Estate Planning for Social Media?

by Laura Dyer Johnson Do you tweet? Did you monitor your newsfeed on Facebook? Have a lot of photos on Instagram? Maybe you just access your bank account online? Have you ever wondered what will happen to your social media accounts or other online accounts when you die or become … Read More »

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Becomes Effective January 1, 2015

by Abtin Mehdizadegan With 65 percent of the vote, the Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative (Issue 5 on the Ballot) passed resoundingly in yesterday’s General Election. This Act will amend Ark. Code Ann. § 11-4-210(a) to raise the current Arkansas minimum wage at graduated intervals between 2015 and 2017: On January … Read More »

HR Horror Stories!

By Abtin Mehdizadegan On Halloween, it’s only appropriate to take a look back at some notable “HR Nightmares!” For example, in Florida last week, a Chili’s Bar and Grill cook posted pictures of himself – SHIRTLESS – laying on a table used for food preparation, among other poses. He labeled … Read More »

FMLA Employer Compliance Warning

by Greg Northen The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides covered employees with up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave each year for certain family and medical reasons. The aim is to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities. Employees requesting FMLA leave must provide a certification from … Read More »