Arkansas Termination (with Discharge) laws & HR compliance analysis

Arkansas Termination (with Discharge): What you need to know

Arkansas is an “employment-at-will” state. This means that an employer may generally terminate an employment relationship at any time and for any reason, unless a law or agreement provides otherwise. For example, federal or state law, a collective bargaining agreement, or an individual employment contract may place limitations on an otherwise at-will relationship.
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As a general rule, if a federal, state, or local law grants employees the right to engage in an activity or to enjoy a benefit, employees should never be disciplined, discharged, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting or attempting to do so.
To list a few key examples, state law prohibits employers from discharging employees for engaging in the following activities:
Court attendance. Under Arkansas law, employers may not discharge or discipline employees for absences due to jury duty (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-31-106).
In addition, an employer may not discipline or discharge a victim or victim's representative for participating in the preparation for a criminal justice proceeding or for attending a criminal proceeding if it is reasonably necessary to protect the victim's interests (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 16-90-1105).
Military service. Employers are prohibited from discharging or otherwise discriminating against employees because of their military service (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 12-62-805and Sec. 12-62-807).
Safety. Under the Public Employees’ Chemical Right to Know Act, no public employer can discharge, discipline, or discriminate against employees who request information or file complaints relative to hazardous chemicals (AR Stat. Ann. Sec. 8-7-1010).
Social media privacy. Arkansas law prohibits employers ...

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