February 15, 2021
Don't miss the February digital issue of HR Professionals Magazine featuring great articles about Payroll and HR Technology.
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Don't miss the February digital issue of HR Professionals Magazine featuring great articles about Payroll and HR Technology.
During the period of October 8 – November 8, 2020, NOARK - The Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association conducted a survey of its members and affiliates in northwest Arkansas to determine workplace trends during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
The NWA Human Resources Association (NOARK) is committed to help businesses in NWA to get reliable data on the impact, new practices and initiatives a result of pandemic. Please take 15 minutes to fill out this survey and provide your precious input.
Sheila Moss has been featured on the cover of the May 2020 HR Professionals Magazine.
U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Small Business Association small business news releases related to COVID-19.
2020 NOARK President Sheila Moss Interviewed by 40/29 News
The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Members, Dr. Claretha Hughes, a colleague of Judith Tavano's at the University of Arkansas, is doing research on her theory of Diversity Intelligence. She has a survey instrument (approved by Research and Sponsored Programs at the U of A) that she uses to collect information to support her research. She has asked if it might be possible to survey our membership.
NOARK members, Grandslam Performance Associates needs our help! Please help us gain key insights into the learning and development needs and preferences of our NWA professionals.
Bentonville Restaurant Management Companies Fired Employee Because of His HIV Status, Agency Charges
IRS Taketh and Giveth: Plan Determination Letter Program Scaled Back, Remedial Amendment Period Extended
On June 27, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas enjoined the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing its new persuader rule (Rule) which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2016. National Federation of Independent Business, et al v Perez, et al, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00066-C. The injunction enjoined the DOL enforcement of the Rule nationwide.
OFCCP has published the 2016 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark on its Web site based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on March 4, 2016. The benchmark – 6.9 percent – is effective as of that BLS release date.
OSHA has launched a pilot enforcement program focused on employers who repeatedly and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. OSHA's Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program became effective on May 27, covering employers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa.
This year has seen an increase in incidents involving workplace shootings, including the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. According to a Fact Sheet published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shootings have accounted for seventy-eight percent of all workplace homicides. Eighty-three percent of these shootings occurred in the private sector. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that the overall cost related to violence in the workplace is more than $120 billion.
On November 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision regarding joint employers that extends liability for violations of Title VII to the clients of staffing companies. In the case of Matthew Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc., the Third Circuit found that the client of a staffing company could be considered a temporary worker's employer and therefore liable for alleged violation of Title VII.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu season “most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February.” In its last weekly flu advisory report, the agency reported that flu is widespread in more than half of the country and many states are reporting severe outbreaks. The CDC says “the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness [has] increased significantly, and is above the national baseline” for this time of year. Reports of increasing hospitalizations and death are coming in from across the country, many of them caused by the H1N1 strain. Also known as the “swine flu,” H1N1 is the strain of flu behind the 2009 flu pandemic.
The Springdale School of Innovation is a technology-rich STEM School. It embraces flexible and blended learning, allowing for a self-paced and project-based learning environment that promotes student success.
The Arkansas District Export Council named winners of the 2015 Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade in advance of its awards luncheon Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion.
Heat illness sickens thousands of workers every year, and severe cases can be fatal. To help keep outdoor workers cool, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed a free app to calculate worksite heat index and risk levels, and educate users about how to respond to a heat emergency. More than 187,000 people have downloaded the app since its 2011 launch. In the app's first big update on May 5, iPhone users discovered new features. With an attractive, easy-to-use interface, the new version is optimized for the latest iPhones. The app automatically provides the current conditions and maximum heat at your location and can accept manual input if users don't have cell service.
Bentonville Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Small Business week by having an award presented to a Small Business Person.
February has rolled around again, so it's time to start working on H-1B petitions that must be filed on April 1 for eligibility under the H-1B cap.
On February 18, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting requests for individuals who are eligible for the Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (i.e., people who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010).
FREE informative event to be held on February 13th at the Bella Vista Country Club.
Nominate Outstanding Businesses & individuals for 2015 Small Business Week!
The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal will be celebrating women in the working world in the inaugural Women in Business feature, to be published in June 2015.
Sheerah Davis, VP, Mitchell Commications Group, Springdale
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a listening session on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 2–3p.m. (Eastern) to discuss a new website for U.S. workers called myE-Verify.
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (CGWG) has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award. The award recognizes companies that incorporate flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.
The Employers’ Counsel Network includes the attorneys from each state who write BLR’s state employment law newsletters. Marcus is one of the EEOC mediators based in the Boston office of the EEOC.
(Bloomberg) -- Target Corp. said it will end health insurance for part-time employees, joining Trader Joe’s Co., Home Depot Inc. and other retailers that have scaled back benefits in response to changes from Obamacare.
It is generally in your best interest to capture all absences that are Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)-related, says consultant Kristi McKinzey, PHR. She offers four common hazards employers face when they don’t track all absences.
riority dates for the Employment Based 2nd Preference category for foreign nationals from India advanced in the August Visa Bulletin to January 1, 2008. This is a jump of almost 3-1/2 years (from September 2, 2004 in July's Visa Bulletin).
In early May, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) settled an employment discrimination lawsuit involving a violation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). Although GINA has been in effect for several years – the law became effective in 2009 and final regulations were issued on November 9, 2010 – the case represents the first lawsuit ever filed by the EEOC alleging genetic discrimination under GINA.
US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants
The Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management recently presented several prestigious awards to NOARK leaders, Thomas Dunlap and Broderick Daniels, at the 2013 annual conference held in Hot Springs.
NOARK's leadership has not gone unnoticed! The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded the NOARK chapter the EXCEL Silver Award for 2012.This award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members. It also recognizes the continued growth and development as a business leader, capable of developing strategies that lead to business success!
The new, revised Form I-9 will contain a revision date of “(Rev. 03/08/13)N.”
Congratulations are in order! As a result of the fundraising efforts in 2012, NOARK chapter has been designated as a 2012 SHRM Foundation Champion. The support provided by the chapters and councils allows the Foundation the ability to provide opportunities available to fellow HR professionals that they may not have had otherwise, including:
Springdale, AR--NOARK will be hosting a book release party for Dr. Adam Arroyos' book, "PerformanceGPA™: Achieving High Performance Through Service".
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. is partnering with Lighthouse Compliance Solutions to offer this webinar in an effort to increase your access to an important legal update. No matter where you are located, you can join us online.
It is with heavy hearts that NOARK announces the passing of colleague and friend Russell Gunter, one of NOARK's greatest advocates and friend to us all. Russell died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2013, with family and friends at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 62 years old.
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule implementing two important expansions of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections.
Springdale, AR--Grandslam Performance Associates, LLC
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised over $500 for the SHRM Foundation for 2012, and total contributions to the SHRM Foundation were over $1,000 for 2012. This exceeds our goal of $750 for 2012!
Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 2, 2012) – Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. has been ranked as a leading Labor and Employment law firm in the state of Arkansas in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. This marks the eighth consecutive year the firm has received this “Band 1” ranking – the highest honor in a specific area of practice.
The Consumber Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made changes to three of the notices required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These changes are effective January 1, 2013.
The purpose of NOARK's Career Center is to connect qualified HR professionals with the companies who are looking for them. If you are an HR professional looking for a job in NW Arkansas, you'll find current openings here on the Job Listings page. If you need to fill a vacancy in your HR department, please visit our Post a Job page for more information.
Thanks to our generous sponsors and vendor directory advertisers, NOARK will be able to continue to keep the cost of the lunch meetings the same for 2013.
About the Compensation and Benefits Survey:
The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded NOARK the EXCEL Silver Award for 2010.
See the recent post on the NOARK Legislative Blog to see why you should contact both your State Senator and Member of the State House of Representatives NOW to express your support for HB 1728 and SB 593.
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