Arkansas Communicable Diseases laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Communicable Diseases: What you need to know

The Arkansas Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on disability (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-101 et seq.). “Disability” is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-102). Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against employees who file discrimination complaints (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-123-108). The law applies to employers with nine or more employees.
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Excluded from the definition of disability are:
• Compulsive gambling, kleptomania, or pyromania
• Current use of illegal drugs or psychoactive-substance-use disorders resulting from illegal use of drugs
• Alcoholism
Federal law compared. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a broader definition of "disability" than state law. The ADA's definition includes having a record of a disability and being regarded as having an impairment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees.
Effective April 28, 2021, the state, state agencies, political subdivisions, and state and local officials are prohibited from requiring an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (AR Stat. Ann. 20-7-142). Under the law, the state or state agencies cannot condition employment on an individual’s receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and cannot coerce an employee into consenting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or withhold career advancement opportunities, salary, or insurance from an employee who refuses to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The law is scheduled to expire 2 years from the date that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the COVID-19 vaccine.
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