Arkansas Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Some states have comprehensive laws that require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious illness, but Arkansas does not have such a law. However, Arkansas employers with 50 or more employees are covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). There are more details on the federal leave act.
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Private employers with one or more employees are required to provide up to 90 days' leave for employees during testing for, donation of, and recovery from organ donation. Leave may be paid or unpaid, according to the employer's policy. If the employer provides paid leave, the employer is entitled to a credit against the employer's state withholding tax liability equal to 25 percent of the regular salary or wages paid. This credit applies only to the first 90 days of paid leave. The employee must request leave in writing (AR Code Sec. 11-3-205).
Note: The state law requiring private employers to grant leave for organ donation does not apply if the employee is eligible for leave under the federal FMLA.
State law requires that employers provide unpaid break time and reasonable locations for expressing breast milk. Employers must provide reasonable unpaid break time each day to an employee who needs to express breast milk for her child in order to maintain her milk supply and comfort. Where possible, the break time must run concurrently with any paid or unpaid break time already provided to the employee.
The employer must make a reasonable effort to provide a private, secure, and sanitary room or other location in close proximity to the work area, other than a ...

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