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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 employee leave is governed by the Uniform Attendance and Leave Policy Act. The Act covers all agencies, departments, boards, commissions, bureaus, councils, and state-supported institutions of higher learning. Full-time state employees as well as temporary, probationary, and provisional state employees are eligible to take leave under the Act (AR Code Sec. 21-4-201 et seq.).
State employees may take sick leave for incapacitation due to sickness or injury, or medical, dental, or optical treatment. They may also ...

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