Arkansas is an “employment-at-will” state. Therefore, an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason unless a collective bargaining agreement, employment contract, existing law, or recognized public policy provides otherwise.
Despite a strong presumption in favor of the at-will standard, Arkansas courts will find an exception to the at-will employment rule where an employee relies upon a personnel manual that contains an express provision against termination except for cause (Ball v. Ark. Dept. of Community Punishment, 10 S.W.3d 873 (Ark. 2000)).