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]

In Arkansas, Freedom of Religion Does Not Mean Freedom From Religion

By Adrienne Griffis
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Similarly, Article 2, Section 24 of the Arkansas Constitution provides that “no human authority can, in any case or manner whatsoever, control or interfere with the right of conscience; and no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment, denomination or mode of worship, above any other.” However, despite the requirements of the U.S. Constitution, and even the strong language in the Arkansas Constitution that appears to promote religious freedom, the law in Arkansas does not protect all religions from discrimination. [More]

Supreme Court Overhauls Service Rules

By Adrienne Griffis

On June 21, 2018, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued several per curium orders containing significant updates to the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure and associated Administrative Orders. Arkansas litigators should pay particular attention to the following changes, which will affect routine tasks and forms, particularly regarding initial service upon a defendant. [More]