Tagged: u.s. department of labor

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 7/22/2016 9:36 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 3.8 percent between May and June, according to a report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Arkansas Hospitals Brace for New Overtime Regulations

by Mark Friedman 7/4/2016 12:00 am

The centerpiece of the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations raises the threshold of what salaried workers must be paid in order to qualify as an exempt employee.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 3.8 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/17/2016 9:28 am

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate shows the state at 3.8 percent for May 2016, a decrease of 1.6 percent since May 2015.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 1:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration’s new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Another Misguided Rule From the Department of Labor (U.S. Rep. French Hill Commentary)

by U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark. 3/30/2016 11:26 am

U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., says businesses in Arkansas and across the country are set to be hit with an aggressive 113 percent increase in the salary threshold for overtime pay

Report: Jonesboro Weathered Recession Well, Leads State in Job Growth

by George Jared 2/12/2016 8:54 am

Jonesboro fared much better than other Arkansas cities during the economic downturn, and its job growth continues to be a standard-bearer in the Natural State.

ASU-Searcy Receives Grant for Technology Skills Program

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2015 3:15 pm

Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, received a $345,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services for the Multi-Skills Technology program at the Searcy and Heber Springs campuses, and classes at Lonoke High School Carver campus.

Arkansas Unemployment Drops to 5.2 Percent; Construction Strong

by Alexis Hosticka 10/20/2015 11:05 am

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of percentage point, from 5.4 percent in August to 5.2 percent in September.

Financial Industry Opposes Obama's Attempt to Expand Fiduciary Rule

by Gwen Moritz 9/28/2015 12:00 am

The financial industry is pushing back — hard, and with political support — against a second attempt by the Obama administration to impose a standardized fiduciary rule on all givers of retirement advice, particularly those now held to a lower standard of merely not recommending investments that are clearly unsuitable.

Arbitration Attorneys: Retirement Adviser Commercials Can Mislead Clients

by Gwen Moritz 9/28/2015 12:00 am

Ethel Sprouse, a real estate appraiser and former mayor of Cedar Bluff, Alabama, has become the poster child — or, rather, the poster senior citizen — for the type of investor who proves the need for the expanded fiduciary rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

New Apprenticeship Program to Focus on Advanced IT Skills

by Alexis Hosticka 9/23/2015 8:57 am

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, in partnership with the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, has launched what it says is the state’s first IT apprenticeship program.

Arkansas Unemployment Mirrors National Trend, Down to 5.4 Percent

by Alexis Hosticka 9/18/2015 9:46 am

A report Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, shows Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.6 percent in July to 5.4 percent in August.

Arkansas Unemployment Decreases to 5.6 Percent in July

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/21/2015 9:23 am

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.7 percent in June to 5.6 percent in July, according to labor force data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Innovation Hub To Host '100 Girls of Code' Session

by Sean Beherec 8/3/2015 12:00 am

The central Arkansas chapter of 100 Girls of Code will host a class in North Little Rock later this week.

Overtime Rule Big Change for Business (Missy Duke Commentary)

by Missy Duke 7/13/2015 12:00 am

On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary for employees exempt under the “white-collar” exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to $970 per week, the equivalent of $50,440 annually, which represents the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers throughout the United States.

Affordable Care Act Amplifies Risk of Misclassifying Employees

by Jan Cottingham 9/2/2013 12:00 am

Health care reform is increasing the importance of the correct classification of employees, employment lawyers and others say. That’s because the “employer mandate” of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees (or their equivalent) to offer those workers health insurance.

Fewer Seek US Jobless Aid as Storm Distorts Data

by Associated Press 11/21/2012 7:44 am

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply to a seasonally adjusted 410,000 last week, though the figure was elevated for the second straight week by Superstorm Sandy.

Weekly US Jobless Claims Fall to 355,000 Last Week

by Associated Press 11/8/2012 8:26 am

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market. But officials cautioned that the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy.

US Employers Post Fewest Jobs in 5 Months

by Associated Press 11/6/2012 1:09 pm

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months.