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Snow Days and FMLA Leave

by Cindy Kolb During the winter season, it’s not uncommon for businesses to close for a day or two due to inclement weather. But, after a snow day, when the snowmen have melted and the hot chocolate is all gone, employers might be left wondering how the time off affects … Read More »

EEOC to Begin Collecting Wage Data from Employers: What the Sweeping Revisions to the EEO-1 Report Mean for Your Business

By Abtin Mehdizadegan On January 29, 2016, in conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed sweeping changes to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) in an effort to target and enforce pay equity discrimination in the workforce. These … Read More »

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Immigration Executive Actions Are Constitutional

By Misty Wilson Borkowski, Abtin Mehdizadegan On January 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear whether President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Actions, which made several important administrative changes in the immigration process, are constitutional. The Executive Actions, which could impact over 4 million immigrants, … Read More »

Final Rule Protecting Discussion of Employee Compensation Now In Effect

The 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 in the workplace became effective Monday, January 11, 2016. The so-called “pay secrecy ban,” issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), … Read More »

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, Arkansas’ minimum wage will increase to $8.00 per hour, per a ballot initiative passed in 2014. With 65 percent of the vote, the Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative passed resoundingly in the November 2014 General Election. This Act raises the Arkansas minimum wage at graduated intervals between … Read More »

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Parties in the Workplace

by Greg Northen *Editorial assistance by Lindsey Ray It’s that time of year when the world falls in love, and city sidewalks are dressed in holiday style. It’s also the season of holiday parties, including those at work. Here are a few tips to keep those holiday festivities fun, yet … Read More »

To Jab or Not to Jab, That is the Question

by Laura Dyer Johnson We have entered the holiday season and are quickly approaching my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. There is so much that I am thankful for, but there is another annual season that is close on the heels of these holidays that I dread: Flu Season. Like many things, … Read More »