What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act means for your business

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) into law on March 18, 2020, and it takes effect no later than April 2, 2020—15 days from enactment. The law significantly increases paid leave requirements on employers with fewer than 500 employees and then offsets that burden with payroll tax credits. [More]

Adrienne Griffis Sits Down With ABC7 to Discuss Arkansas’ Sovereign Immunity

On January 18, in Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, 2018 Ark. 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to enforce a state employee’s right to be paid for overtime by holding that the employee could not sue the state, even in its capacity as his employer.

On Thursday, Of Counsel Adrienne Griffis spoke with ABC7-KATV on how the decision impacts all Arkansans. She said the Supreme Court has interpreted the constitution essentially a blanket ban on any statute that would allow a lawsuit against the state. [More]

“The King Can Do No Wrong”: Arkansas Supreme Court Removes Citizens' Right to Sue the State

By Adrienne Griffis

Today, in Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Matthew Andrews, 2018 Ark. 12, the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to enforce a state employee’s right to be paid for overtime by holding that the employee could not sue the state, even in its capacity as his employer. On its face, this case may appear to affect only the tens of thousands of Arkansas citizens employed by hundreds of Arkansas state agencies; however, this Draconian decision unfortunately reaches far beyond the context of employee-employer relationships. If you live or work anywhere in Arkansas, this decision affects your ability to enforce many rights, privileges, and protections guaranteed by Arkansas law. [More]