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Here is an update on some bills that should be of interest to HR Professionals. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ***SB 38 by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson would require applicants and recipients of unemployment benefits to be tested for illegal drug use. Sen. Hutchinson presented the bill to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee last week, but agreed to pull the bill down while the Department of Workforce Services conducts a fiscal impact study.     Just Introduced HB 1402    Wilkins, Butch Raises the state hourly minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.25 and changes the calculation for student employees, from an effective hourly minimum wage of $5.52 to $5.36. These will be debated tomorrow UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ***HB 1261 by Rep. Denny Altes would increase the time period for filing an appeal to the Department of Workforce Services regarding an administrative decision. It is on the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee agenda. _ EMPLOYEE HANDGUNS ON COMPANY PROPERTY ***HB 1269 by Rep. John Catlett would prohibit an employer from basing an employee’s employment status on concealed handgun licensure and would require employers to permit employees with handgun licenses to possess a handgun locked inside a vehicle in the employer's parking lot. It remains on the House Judiciary Committee agenda while Rep. Catlett works on an amendment. The State Chamber/AIA is opposed to this bill in its current form.                  

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

***SB 38 by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson would require applicants and recipients of unemployment benefits to be tested for illegal drug use. Sen. Hutchinson presented the bill to the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee last week, but agreed to pull the bill down while the Department of Workforce Services conducts a fiscal impact study.    

JUST INTRODUCED

HB 1402   B Wilkins, Butch raises the state hourly minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.25 and changes the calculation for student employees, from an effective hourly minimum wage of $5.52 to $5.36.

TOMORROW

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

***HB 1261 by Rep. Denny Altes would increase the time period for filing an appeal to the Department of Workforce Services regarding an administrative decision. It is on the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee agenda. _

EMPLOYEE HANDGUNS ON COMPANY PROPERTY

***HB 1269 by Rep. John Catlett would prohibit an employer from basing an employee’s employment status on concealed handgun licensure and would require employers to permit employees with handgun licenses to possess a handgun locked inside a vehicle in the employer's parking lot. It remains on the House Judiciary Committee agenda while Rep. Catlett works on an amendment. The State Chamber/AIA is opposed to this bill in its current form.            

Now is the time to let the legislators know your concerns.  

CONTACT INFORMATION

501-682-2902

501-682-6211

www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

www.arkansashouse.org.

 

*Information provided in part by the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce

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