Tagged: u.s. department of labor

Shifting Labor Rules Keep Arkansas Attorneys Busy

by Mark Friedman 4/3/2017 12:00 am

Arkansas labor and employment attorneys are keeping an eye on challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules as well as a bill that would amend the Minimum Wage Act in Arkansas.

Are 401(k) Costs Fair? Firms Can Analyze Fees

by Gwen Moritz 1/16/2017 12:00 am

The suspicion that one’s 401(k) plan might be costing more in fees than necessary has taken root in the American consciousness.

Arkansas Unemployment Rises to 4 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/21/2016 9:23 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9 percent in August to 4 percent in September.

I Don’t Want to Scare You, But… (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 10/10/2016 12:00 am

There is significant circumstantial evidence that union organizing efforts in companies of all sizes are likely to rise at an alarming rate in the next year or two.

SPONSORED: New Regulations Affect Trustees Of Retirement Plans

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/17/2016 8:29 am

A retirement plan review with experts can reduce risk and maximize benefit to employees.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 3.8 Percent

by Alexis Crowe 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 Crowe 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 Crowe 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 Crowe 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.