Column on Minimum Wage Published in Talk Business & Politics

Beginning January 1, 2019, Arkansas minimum wage will increase to $9.25 per hour; part of a three-year plan that will see wages increase to $10.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2020 and $11.00 beginning January 1, 2021.

Dover Dixon Horne counsel Trey Cooper recently authored a column for Talk Business & Politics about best practices for employers to help avoid costly wage and hour litigation. [More]

Column on Minimum Wage Published in Arkansas Business

During the midterm elections last month, Arkansans voted to approve Arkansas Issue 5, the Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.50 an hour to $9.25 an hour.

Dover Dixon Horne counsel Trey Cooper recently authored a column for Arkansas Business on what employers should understand as the law goes into effect on January 1, 2019. [More]

Business Should Exercise Caution With Unpaid Internships

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") generally establishes mandatory minimum wage and maximum hour requirements for most employees in the United States. Generally, an individual is an employee under the FLSA if an employer permits the individual to work in the interest of the employer. Until recently, the Department of Labor's test for determining whether an unpaid intern was really an employee who should receive at least minimum wage under the FLSA was quite rigid and difficult to meet. Businesses planning to implement an unpaid internship program or with an existing internship program should be aware that in January, 2018, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued a new more flexible test for determining whether an unpaid intern working for a for-profit employer is entitled to minimum wage under the FLSA. [More]