Arkansas Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

There is no state law at present that forces employers, businesses, or colleges and universities to allow guns on their property. A permit to own a handgun, rifle, or shotgun is not needed in the state. However, it is against the law for a person to have a loaded handgun on his or her person or in a vehicle unless he or she has a state concealed-carry license. Unloaded handguns are not considered weapons. Guns are not permitted in state buildings and their parking lots, school facilities, and buses, places of worship, airports, places selling liquor for on-site consumption, and anywhere guns are prohibited by federal law (AR Stat. Sec. 5-73-101 et seq.).
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Arkansas is among a few states that permit employers to take action against alleged perpetrators of domestic violence that spills into the workplace. State law provides that if an employer, employee, or "invitee" has been a victim of violence, received a threat of violence at the worksite, or been stalked or harassed by an individual at the worksite, the employer may seek a temporary restraining order or other injunction in addition to or instead of filing criminal charges (AR Stat. Sec. 11-5-115).
Reviewed September 2015.

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