Labor & Employment

EEOC Invites Attorney Daniel Herrington to National Conference

2018-07-12

Attorney Daniel Herrington was an invited panelist at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Excel Training Conference that took place earlier this week in Washington, DC.

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The Joint Commission Provides Recommendations to Prevent Workplace Violence

2018-07-11

By Ellen Owens Smith

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), heathcare workers are four times more likely to be a victim of workplace violence with nearly 75 percent of all reported workplace assaults occurring in the healthcare and social service settings. Under the OSHA’s General Duty Clause, healthcare organizations have an obligation to provide employees with a work environment that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious harm.” This language has been generally interpreted to include providing a workplace that is free from violence.

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Top 5 Most Recent (and Relevant) Medical Marijuana Developments

2018-06-27

By Wayne Young

The November 2016 election is now about a year and a half in the past. In that election, Arkansas voters approved Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution that permitted use of medical marijuana in certain instances. We still do not have the drug legally available for purchase by qualified patients and designated caregivers, however. In the meantime, there have been some developments that employers should keep in mind as we get closer to medical marijuana being available in Arkansas. 

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#MeToo Movement Continues to Spur Action by the EEOC

2018-06-27

By Allison C. Pearson

On June 14, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release stating that it had filed seven lawsuits against various employers across the country for harassment. The EEOC stated that the suits “should reinforce to employers that harassment — on all bases — is a violation of federal law.”

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Employers Beware: Significant Changes to Rule Regarding Service of Process

2018-06-27

Arkansas Rule of Civil Procedure 4 governs service of the summons and complaint necessary to begin any lawsuit. The rule specifies who can accept service and how the summons and complaint must be served. On June 21, 2018, the Arkansas Supreme Court approved significant amendments to Rule 4 that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2019.

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