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Diversity Intelligence Survey
November 08, 2018

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.

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NWA Talent Development Survey
November 08, 2018

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.

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EEOC Sues McDonald's Franchise for Disability Discrimination
July 06, 2016

Bentonville Restaurant Management  Companies Fired Employee Because of His HIV Status, Agency  Charges

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Benefits Law Update
July 05, 2016

IRS Taketh and Giveth: Plan Determination Letter Program Scaled Back, Remedial Amendment Period Extended

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DOL is Enjoined From Enforcing New Persuader Rule
June 28, 2016

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.

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2016 Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark is 6.9 Percent
June 15, 2016

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.  

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OSHA launches Whistleblower-Severe Violator pilot program
June 15, 2016

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.

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What To Do If Someone Begins Shooting In The Workplace?
December 04, 2015

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.

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Recent Third Circuit Decision Regarding Joint Employers Extends Liability for Violation of Title VII to the Clients of Staffing Companies
November 25, 2015

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.

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HR's flu season concerns: absenteeism, presenteeism, vaccinations, and employment law
June 25, 2015

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. 

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School of Innovation--Supplies List
June 14, 2015

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.

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Arkansas Export Awards Winners Announced--NOARK's own... Collective Bias... Rising Star!!!
May 19, 2015

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.

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The Heat (APP) Is On!
May 08, 2015

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.

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Angela Robinson: The Job Guide...Small Business Person nominee
May 07, 2015

Bentonville Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce celebrated National Small Business week by having an award presented to a Small Business Person. 

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H-1B Visa Filing Season is Here!
February 18, 2015

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.  

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Immigrant Application Process Through DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Starts 2/18
January 30, 2015

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).  

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Meeting Spaces Available in Bella Vista
January 28, 2015

FREE informative event to be held on February 13th at the Bella Vista Country Club.  

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Nominate Outstanding Businesses & Individuals for 2015 Small Business Week!
January 28, 2015

Nominate Outstanding Businesses & individuals for 2015 Small Business Week!

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A Call for Nominations--Outstanding Business Women in NWA Community!!!
January 20, 2015

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.  

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Notable Neighbors--NOARK Member Sheerah Davis,
December 22, 2014

Sheerah Davis, VP, Mitchell Commications Group, Springdale

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myE-Verify Teleconference Invitation
December 02, 2014

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.

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CGWG Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices; Firm Receives Prestigious When Work Works Award
September 02, 2014

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.

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The Eight Myths of Mediation
January 24, 2014

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.

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Target to drop health insurance for part-time workers
January 24, 2014

(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.

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Failing to Track All FMLA'4 Hazards
January 05, 2014

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.

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Department of State Releases Visa Bulletin
July 13, 2013

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).

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First GINA Lawsuit Settled for $50,000
June 12, 2013

 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.

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US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants
May 16, 2013

US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants

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NOARK Leaders Receive Prestigious Awards
May 10, 2013

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.

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NOARK Receives Distinguished Award
April 29, 2013

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!   

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FORM I-9 Revised and New
March 08, 2013

The new, revised Form I-9 will contain a revision date of “(Rev. 03/08/13)N.”

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NOARK Honored as a 2012 SHRM Foundation Champion
March 07, 2013

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:

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NOARK To Host 'PerformanceGPA' Book Release
February 27, 2013

Springdale, AR--NOARK will be hosting a book release party for Dr. Adam Arroyos' book, "PerformanceGPA™: Achieving High Performance Through Service". 

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Employer Expectations for 2013 and Beyond: Post-Election Update via Webinar March 7, 2013
February 20, 2013

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.

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NOARK Mourns the Loss of Russell Gunter of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus
February 11, 2013

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. 

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2013 Federal FMLA Changes & Impact
February 11, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule implementing two important expansions of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections.

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Author and CEO to Conduct Book Release April 2nd
January 17, 2013

Springdale, AR--Grandslam Performance Associates, LLC

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2012 SHRM Foundation Contribution Goal Exceeded!
December 19, 2012

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!

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Chambers USA Names CGWG a Leading Labor Employment Firm in Arkansas
November 13, 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.

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CFPB Requires Updated Forms for Background Screening
October 04, 2012

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.

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NOARK's Career Center posts HR jobs
May 29, 2012

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.

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Big Thanks to 2012 NOARK Sponsors
November 28, 2011

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. 

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Make Better Business Decisions Using the NOARK Compensation & Benefits Survey
July 25, 2011

About the Compensation and Benefits Survey:

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NOARK Receives Distinguished Award
April 05, 2011

The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded NOARK the EXCEL Silver Award for 2010.

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Legislative Blog: Your Support Needed
March 17, 2011

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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Welcome to the new NOARK website!
October 12, 2010

We have striven to make this website a valuable resource to HR Professionals in Northwest Arkansas. We hope you will use this website to keep up to date on the latest issues in Human Resources.

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