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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 »

Five CGWG Attorneys Recognized Among 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. is proud to have five attorneys recently named to the 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers list.  Additionally, CGWG Directors Carolyn B. Witherspoon and Donna Smith Galchus were named to Arkansas’s Top 50 Super Lawyers List and the 2016 Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers List. 2016 … Read More »

Arkansas Voters Pass Amendment To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, was approved by Arkansas voters with a 53-47% approval margin. Even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, more than half of U.S. states allow recreational or medical use of the drug, with Arkansas being one of the first southern states to approve … Read More »

Pot Talk: Burning Questions From Employers About Legalization

by: Jennifer Chang and Bruce Cross This November, voters in Arkansas will consider a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. If the ballot initiative passes, employers should be prepared to address the complex workplace issues that will inevitably arise as they seek to juggle newly created protections for … Read More »

OSHA Delays Recordkeeping Rule to December 1, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until December 1, 2016. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas requested the delay to allow additional time to consider a motion challenging the new provisions. … Read More »

Jennifer Chang Joins CGWG

Jennifer S. P. Chang has joined the Little Rock office of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., where she will practice employment law and appellate law. Prior to joining CGWG, Jennifer served as Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Steven W. Taylor of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and as a … Read More »