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IRS Announces Short Extension in Affordable Care Act Reporting
December 30, 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") imposes reporting requirements on providers of minimum essential coverage (including insurers and employers that self-insure health benefits) about the coverage provided. In addition, large employers (generally those with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees in the prior year) must report about the health coverage offered by the employer to its full-time employees. The reporting requirements are effective for 2015, with the first reports due in 2016 for 2015 coverage.

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IRS Releases Tax Tip on Filing ACA Information Returns
December 17, 2015

On November 12, 2015, the IRS released a Tax Tip to help employers and insurers understand the electronic filing requirements for information returns required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the 2015 year, as required by the ACA, the IRS will receive and process information returns reporting on individual’s health insurance coverage from insurance companies, self-insured companies, and businesses that provide health insurance to their employees.

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Revised Definition of "Small Employer" Impacts Some Employer Sponsored Health Plans
October 14, 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") treats a "small employer" differently than a large employer for many purposes. No single definition applies in determining when an employer is considered a small employer.

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Affordable Care Act: IRS Launches Website for Large Employers
October 01, 2015

The IRS recently created an online Affordable Care Act Information Center for large employers. This new online resource includes a variety of information for large employers, including information on determining large employer status, employer shared responsibility requirements and the new Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. The website also provides links to related documents and websites, including forms, questions and answers, publications and videos.

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EBP Advisory
July 28, 2015

EBP ADVISORY – REMINDER TO SELF-INSURED PLAN SPONSORS FORM 720 TO PAY PCORI FEES DUE JULY 31ST

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The SHRM Learning System® for PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation
February 08, 2017

The SHRM Learning System® for PHR®/SPHR® Certification Preparation

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DOL Publishes 'Persuader' Final Rule
January 17, 2017

On March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the “persuader” final rule in the Federal Register. The rule will require employers to report consultant — or “persuader” agreements — to complement the information that unions already report on their organizing expenditures. The DOL says this allows for better information for workers making decisions on whether or not to form a union or bargain collectively.

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HRCI INTRODUCES FIRST EARLY HR CAREER CERTIFICATION
January 07, 2016

HR CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE™ INTRODUCES FIRST EARLY HR CAREER CERTIFICATION Credential Designed for New HR Generalists and Individuals Transitioning to HR HRCI Unifies Family of Credentials by Renaming Certifications for HR Pros Practicing Outside of the U.S. ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 7, 2016) ― HR Certification Institute™ (HRCI™), the premier professional credentialing organization for the human resources profession, is introducing the first early HR career certification, the Associate Professional in Human ResourcesSM (aPHRSM). The aPHR, which demonstrates foundational knowledge of human resource operations as practiced in the United States, is designed for professionals who are embarking on an HR career or transitioning into the HR field.

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EARN 9 Recertification Credits right now!!!
December 22, 2015

Access the following free resources and earn up to 9 recertification credits NOW. 

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Recent Developments at the NLRB
April 24, 2015

Recent landmark decisions and heightened activity at the National Labor Relations Board create an unprecedented union-friendly environment for employers to navigate. (If this is where you would normally stop reading, because your company is not unionized so none of this "labor stuff" applies to your workplace - think again!). These decisions and activity include:

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Reminder: Numerous State Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect January 1, 2017
December 21, 2016

Employers should be aware that numerous states across the country have enacted minimum wage increases that will go into effect in January 2017.

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It Still Hurts
May 18, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited Final Rule for overtime exemptions, focusing on the "white collar" exemptions (executive, administrative, professional and certain computer employees). The Final Rule comes after the DOL processed 270,000 public comments on its proposed rule about which we wrote you, from late last summer. The Final Rule will take effect December 1, 2016.

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EEOC to Begin Collecting Wage Data from Employers
February 02, 2016

On January 29, 2016, in conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed sweeping changes to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) in an effort to target and enforce pay equity discrimination in the workforce. These changes will impact private sector employers and federal contractors that have 100 or more employees.

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Overtime Comment Deadline Upon Us; DOL Refuses to Extend
September 01, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday refused requests from certain lawmakers, nonprofits and employer groups to extend its comment period on its proposed overtime rule. The comment deadline therefore is still this Friday, September 4, 2015. As you will recall, the DOL gave notice in July of its proposed rule, and invited comment over a 60-day period.

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U.S Department of Labor Releases Overtime Pay Protections!!!
July 01, 2015

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a much-anticipated proposed rule change that would increase employer overtime obligations for an estimated 5 million employees. The proposed rule seeks to change the minimum salary threshold to $970 per week (the equivalent of $50,440 annually). Currently, to be exempt from the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees classified under the so-called "white collar" exemptions must satisfy the "salary basis" test, which requires employees to be paid a salary of at least $455 per week (the equivalent of $23,660 annually). The proposed rule concerns "white collar" exemptions under the FLSA for executive, administrative, professional and computer employees. The proposed rule would also increase the threshold total yearly compensation amount for highly compensated employees from $100,000 to $122,148 per year.

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Coming Soon – New E-Verify User Requirement
October 26, 2016

On Aug. 1, E-Verify will begin deactivating user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days (approximately every 9 months).

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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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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.   Read Full Article »


OFCCP Announces its Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines
June 14, 2016

 Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 that prohibit sex discrimination in employment.

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IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATE
April 12, 2016

DHS Releases Published F-1 Visa STEM OPT Regulation

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NWA Employee Solutions Summit--A must attend event!!!
January 18, 2017

Does your company rely on hourly employees? Is the lack of reliable, hard-working hourly employees affecting your business, bottom line and STRESS level? Would you like to attract more (and better) applicants, hire the super-stars, and retain them longer in 2016? If so, the NWA Employee Solutions Summit is for you!

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Introducing the New BizCon 2016
April 20, 2016

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK) announced this month a new partnership that will benefit businesses both large and small in Northwest Arkansas. The Chamber, its long-time business conference partner World Trade Center Arkansas, and NOARK have come together this year to form the newest business event in the region - NWA BizCon.

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Invitation for Free Fiduciary Regulation Education Webinars
December 31, 1969

Hagan NewKirk is bringing to ARSHRM for FREE.  Rob Thorpe and his group have and will continue to be a huge supporter of ARSHRM.  If you see them tell them thank you.

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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. Read Full Article »


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.   Read Full Article »


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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NOARK Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession
June 22, 2015

 Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK) Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

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BE A PART OF NOARK's Club 15
March 03, 2015

Be a part of the “In Crowd” and join NOARK’s "CLUB 15" to support the SHRM Foundation.

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NOARK Community Service Project a Success
October 20, 2011

Thanks to the generous support of our NOARK membership we collected $285 in monetary donations in addition to many of the needed items for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund pantry.  These donations will be shared by the Washington County and Benton County programs.  Your generosity is much appreciated!!!

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Help Spread the Word: HR as a Business Partner and NOARK as a Valuable Resource
March 04, 2011

Seeking NOARK member volunteers who enjoy public speaking and have an interest in promoting NOARK to local business/community organizations. We have a program developed but need “Presenters” to help take the show on the road. Read Full Article »


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New Fee Schedule For Immigration Benefits
December 28, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee schedule for immigration filings processed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services provided. The new fee schedule will go into effect on December 23, 2016. Any petition received on or after December 23rd must contain these new fees or USCIS will reject the petition.

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University of Arkansas-Career Development
January 28, 2015

The University of Arkanas-Fayetteville would like to invite your company to recruit talented U of A students at our Spring 2015 career events.  

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Crowder College, McDonald County Campus Career Fair-March 6th!!!
January 20, 2015

Crowder College’s McDonald County campus in Jane MO, is seeking local business and industry to participate in a Career Fair to be held on March 6th, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Crowder is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri Workforce Investment Boards to provide the community with an opportunity to not only explore what educational opportunities Crowder has to offer, but to explore the region’s employment opportunities as well.

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NOARK Recognized for Participation in NWA Job Fair
November 06, 2012

NOARK's Workforce Readiness Committee was recognized in an article about the NWA job fair in the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce November newsletter: Read Full Article »


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OFCCP Proposes Updated Regulations on Sex Discrimination
January 17, 2017

Executive Order 11246. These obligations include ensuring nondiscrimination in employment on the basis of sex, taking affirmative action to employ diverse applicants, and ensuring all employees are treated without regard to their sex.

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2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced
January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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DOL Publishes 'Persuader' Final Rule
January 17, 2017

On March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the “persuader” final rule in the Federal Register. The rule will require employers to report consultant — or “persuader” agreements — to complement the information that unions already report on their organizing expenditures. The DOL says this allows for better information for workers making decisions on whether or not to form a union or bargain collectively.

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Reminder: Numerous State Minimum Wage Increases Take Effect January 1, 2017
December 21, 2016

Employers should be aware that numerous states across the country have enacted minimum wage increases that will go into effect in January 2017.

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Coming Soon – New E-Verify User Requirement
October 26, 2016

On Aug. 1, E-Verify will begin deactivating user IDs that have not been accessed for 270 days (approximately every 9 months).

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Cobb-Vantress Inc: Recipient of a 7 Year Accumulative Safety Award.
November 16, 2015

Leon Jones, Jr., Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, has announced that Cobb-Vantress Inc., Bates Mountain Farm, a division of Tyson Foods, Inc., located in Summers, is the recipient of a Seven (7) Year Accumulative Safety Award.

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One Million Hours of Safety Celebrated by Springdale Dayco's Products
September 23, 2015

Dayco Products' tensioner manufacturing facility and technical center of Springdale celebrated Tuesday one million work hours without a lost time accident mark, an achievement last met at the site in March 2011.  

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Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Honors Women in Business--Cammie Scott!!!
June 22, 2015

Northwest Arkansas Business Journal honors Cammie Scott with the Women in Business award

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NOARK Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession
June 22, 2015

 Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK) Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession

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NOARK Member(s) graduate Leadership Fayetteville... Congrats!!!
June 03, 2015

Fayetteville, AR – Leadership Fayetteville Class XXVIII graduated on May 14, 2015. The annual Leadership Fayetteville program exists to create a foundation from which its graduates can further expand their involvement within the Fayetteville community.

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MEET THE 2016 NOARK BOARD
June 06, 2016

Q: Patti as 2016 NOARK President we would like to know what keeps you up at night?

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Workplace mental health Focus a growing issue -- David Duerr contributes
June 08, 2013

With depression reported as a leading cause of lost productivity in the United States, a new initiative encourages companies to invest in their workforce to gain healthier, more productive employees, as well as achieve decreased disability costs, less turnover and better retention of valued employees, according to the national coalition Employers Health.

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IS THE FLU COVERED BY WORKER'S COMP? BY AMY ESTES TURNER
March 23, 2013

The Arkansas Worker’s Compensation Law has a number of primary purposes, one of which is to pay disability benefits and reasonable and necessary medical expenses to all legitimately injured workers who suffer an injury or disease arising out of and in the course of their employment. A.C.A. § 11-9-101. In determining whether these laws cover the Flu, the two key phrases to look at are “injury or disease” and “arising out of and in the course of employment”.

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Perfomance Appraisals...PA's for Short by Ed Wheeler, PHR
March 23, 2013

“Performance Appraisals”.........PA’s for short. That phrase strikes fear in the hearts of Managers and Supervisors every year. Unfortunately, what they often forget about is the real value that PAs can have. Read Full Article »


4 PILLARS OF BACKGROUND SCREENING by Jeannie Baker
March 23, 2013

A question often asked, “What is the most thorough inexpensive Criminal background check?” Read Full Article »


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Introducing the New BizCon 2016
April 20, 2016

The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK) announced this month a new partnership that will benefit businesses both large and small in Northwest Arkansas. The Chamber, its long-time business conference partner World Trade Center Arkansas, and NOARK have come together this year to form the newest business event in the region - NWA BizCon.

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SHRM Foundation Fundraiser Rescheduled to March 18th!!!
March 10, 2015

Please join us at Mojito’s in Rogers on March 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a networking event to support the SHRM Foundation. Read Full Article »


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NOARK Welcomes New Members
May 07, 2012

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NOARK is a SHRM Membership Superstar!
March 27, 2012

On behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management’s staff and Board of Directors, I want to congratulate your chapter for your achievement of attaining Membership Superstar status for 2011!  Read Full Article »


2013 Membership Renewal - It's Time!
November 28, 2011

Just a quick and urgent reminder: if you haven't already renewed your NOARK membership, it will automatically expire at the end of the year. Take the time to renew your NOARK membership today!

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Goal for SHRM Foundation Exceeded for 2011
November 28, 2011

Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal of $1000 in donations for the SHRM Foundation for 2011. We would like to express our thanks to members and businesses who have donated items throughout the year to benefit the fundraising activities. We look forward to another great fundraising year in 2012. Read Full Article »


New Membership Definition & Dues Structure
November 10, 2010

We will be voting on new membership definitions and dues structure at our November 11th meeting.

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Check Out Our December 2016 Newsletter!
December 06, 2016

Click here to download a PDF of our December 2016 Newsletter and stay up-to-date with NOARK.

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Check Out Our November 2016 Newsletter!
October 31, 2016

Click here to download a PDF of our November 2016 Newsletter and stay up-to-date with NOARK.

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Check Out Our September 2016 Newsletter!
October 07, 2016

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Check Out Our August 2016 Newsletter!
August 08, 2016

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Check Out Our July 2016 Newsletter!
July 11, 2016

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OSHA Clarifies Employers' Recordkeeping Obligations
January 03, 2017

In the final days of the Obama Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that "clarifies" its position that an employer's duty to record work-related injuries and illnesses is an ongoing obligation that continues for the full five-year record retention period.

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NEW OSHA REPORTING RULE
June 28, 2016

By August 10, 2016, employers must amend their injury and illness policies to (a) expressly state that employees have a right to report work-related injuries and illnesses, (b) provide a reasonable procedure for employees to report such workplace injuries and illnesses, (c) not deter or discourage employees from reporting such injuries and illnesses, and (d) assure employees that the employer will not discriminate against nor retaliate against them for making such reports.

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OSHA Takes Hard Stance Against Automatic Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies
June 20, 2016

Under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, many employers risk citation by OSHA for post-injury drug testing policies that were once encouraged by courts and federal agencies, but might now be prohibited.

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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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OSHA'S FINAL RULE TO 'NUDGE' EMPLOYERS TO PREVENT WORKPLACE INJURIES, ILLNESSES
May 11, 2016

OSHA's final rule to 'nudge' employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses
New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016

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United States Supreme Court Rules That Same Sex Couples Have A Right to Marry
February 08, 2017

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which it held that same sex couples have a Constitutional right to marry.

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United States Supreme Court Decides Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
March 26, 2015

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc., 575 U.S. ____, (2015). Employers had hoped this decision would clarify whether employees with work related injuries were "similar in their ability or inability to work" for the purposes of determining the accommodation required for a pregnant employee under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA"). The PDA requires employers to treat "women affected by pregnancy . . . the same for all employment-related purposes . . . as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work." 42 USC § 2000e(k). However, despite a ruling from the Court, employers are left without a bright-line rule as to whether, and under what circumstances, employers that offer limited light duty to non-pregnant employees must offer the same light duty to pregnant employees.

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LYNN TROWBRIDGE is the WINNER of the ARSHRM Conference Registration Giveaway!!!
March 18, 2015

Be a part of the “In Crowd” and join NOARK’s "CLUB 15" to support the SHRM Foundation

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EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION
November 24, 2014

President Obama recently announced a series of Executive Actions that make several important administrative changes in the immigration process that will impact employers and foreign nationals alike in several important ways. The Executive Actions create a new deferred action program for certain parents of U.S. citizens; expand the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; increase the work options for spouses of certain visa holders; and seek to expand the visa options for highly-skilled immigrants.  

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NOARK Member Passes PHR Exam
April 25, 2011

Congratulations to Robin M. Dunivan on passing her PHR exam during the winter testing window. What a great achievement. Read Full Article »


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Workforce Readiness Newsletter August 2013
July 30, 2013

The Workforce Readiness Committee would like to thank the following companies for participating in our Job Shadow Sessions that our committee put together for the Upward Bound students from the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas Community College.

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