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Arkansas Businesses Should Prepare for New Laws Passed by the State Legislature
Category: Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor-Debtor Rights, Business, Employment, Legislative Updates, Tax
The Arkansas General Assembly adjourned from its 94th Regular Session on May 1, 2023, starting a 90-day clock until acts passed by the General Assembly become the law of Arkansas. Business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs should be aware of these acts set to become law on July 31. 1. Act 256…
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Preparing for Compliance With the PUMP Act and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Category: Employment, Legislative Updates
Pregnant workers are currently protected under various acts including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP). With all of these acts, gaps still exist in the…
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Arkansas Joins the Anti-Boycott Laws Wave – How will it Effect Public Finance?
Category: Legislative Updates, Municipal and Public Finance
Introduction Over the past few years there has been a growing national trend of states enacting laws prohibiting public entities in those states from entering into contracts with companies that boycott or discriminate against the energy, fossil fuel, firearms, and ammunition industry. Since the…
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Arkansas Passes the Social Media Safety Act
Category: Information Privacy, Security and Data Rights, Legislative Updates
On April 10, 2023, the Arkansas legislature passed the Social Media Safety Act (the “Act”). Pending the governor’s signature, the Act will take effect on September 1, 2023. See S.B. 396, 94th Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Ark. 2023). The Act will require a “social media company” to (1) use a…
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Solar Tax Benefits Now Directly Available to State and Local Governments and 501(c)(3) Organizations
Category: Legislative Updates, Municipal and Public Finance, Tax
This blog post was originally published on September 16th, 2022 and then updated on April 28th, 2023. On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (or IRA), which provides significant tax and other incentives for qualifying renewable energy facilities including solar…
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