Arkansas Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Affirmative action laws require the employer to make proactive efforts to represent individuals from certain protected classes in the workplace at levels comparable to those for unprotected groups. Affirmative action requirements are separate and distinct from nondiscrimination laws, which prohibit discriminatory acts against protected persons, but do not mandate proactive steps in their favor. This section is limited to a discussion of affirmative action requirements. There is a full discussion of affirmative action.
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The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, or sensory, mental, or physical disability. The Act covers all public and private employers with nine or more employees (AR Stat. Sec. 16-123-107 et seq.). However, there is no affirmative action provision that covers private employers.
Public employers. Every state agency must have an AAP to increase the percentage of minority employees in the workforce approximately equivalent to the percentage of minorities in the state's population (AR Stat. Sec. 21-3-101). A separate law requires all state-supported colleges and universities to develop AAPs for the recruitment of blacks and other minorities for faculty and staff positions and to prepare annual reports on progress made under the program (AR Stat. Sec. 6-63-103).
The Employment Security Department collects data that will help employers prepare their AAPs. For additional information, contact Discover Arkansas through their ...

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