Arkansas Holidays laws & compensation compliance analysis

Arkansas Holidays: What you need to know

Arkansas observes the following as official holidays on which state offices, schools, most banks, and many private businesses close:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
Third Monday in February George Washington's Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday; if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (AR Code Sec. 1-5-101).
A state employee is also granted one holiday to observe his or her birthday.
All state offices are to be closed on the legal holidays, and employees are not required to work unless they are essential to the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, and safety. Also, various constitutional officers may use their own discretion in the matter of closing their offices on legal holidays.
Any state employee who is required to work on a legal holiday, for any reason, is entitled to equivalent time off at a later date. Employees of state-supported institutions of higher learning may be required to work on any of the legal holidays established, but they will be entitled to equivalent time off on another date (AR Code Sec. 1-5-102).
Arkansas law does not require private employers to provide paid holidays or vacation to their employees.
Last reviewed on March 21, 2017.

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Arkansas Holidays Resources

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