In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require private 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.
However, Arkansas does not have such a law.
Public employers—additional leave entitlements. State employees are entitled to several additional leave entitlements under 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.).
Public employers—Catastrophic leave with pay. Catastrophic leave with pay may be granted to an employee when the employee is unable to perform his or her duties due to a catastrophic illness. “Catastrophic illness” means a medical condition, as certified by a physician, of an employee or the employee's spouse, parent, or dependent child that requires an employee's absence from duty for a prolonged period of time and that, except for the catastrophic leave program, would result in a substantial loss of income to the employee because of the exhaustion of all earned sick and annual leave.
An employee may be eligible for catastrophic leave when:
• The employee has been employed by the state for more than 2 years;
• At the onset of the illness or injury the employee had, to his or her credit, at least 80 hours of combined sick and annual leave and has exhausted all such leave;
• An ...