Arkansas Maternity Leave Laws
Maternity leave in Arkansas is also known as family leave. Employees
are allowed to have twelve consecutive weeks of unpaid leave every
year. This leave is not always for just maternity purposes but can also
be for medical reasons or family purposes. Under FMLA regulations this
allotted time can be used for bonding with an adopted child or for
caring for a newly born child.
Regulations also require that upon returning to employment that the
individual receive his or her former job or a related job of the same
salary. A related job must have congruent working conditions and
benefits. Women who are on maternity leave or who are pregnant will not
be exempt from lay off due to employee downsizing.
Employers are not required to pay individuals on maternity leave,
unless otherwise previously agreed upon or stated in a benefits
package. Most of the time both a mother and father may be subject to
Mandatory Employee Breaks
Minors under the age of sixteen are eligible for breaks when working in
the entertainment industry. Arkansas, however, does not require
employers to provide adult workers over eighteen years of age to have
lunch breaks or coffee breaks. State laws and federal laws do not make
this a requirement. The Arkansas Department of Labor does suggest
breaks for a maximum of twenty minutes in most industries to elevate
efficiency in the workplace.
Minimum wage laws through the state and federal laws require that
breaks in short periods be paid breaks. Overtime laws also require
breaks to be paid. Nevertheless these breaks are not mandatory and are
on a voluntary basis. Employers are not required to pay employees for
voluntary breaks if the breaks exceed the time limit.
In general meal breaks are in thirty-minute time periods and are
normally not paid as stated in Arkansas break laws and lunch laws. Laws
require that the individual on a meal break be fully relieved from his
or her duty while breaking. If any kind of work is completed during the
meal break, the employee is to be paid for that time. Restroom breaks
are not mandatory, but law requires restrooms to be easily accessible.
Employees are to be allowed time periods to use the provided restrooms.
Arkansas Employee Wages
Arkansas law states that employees who are tipped on a regular basis
are not required to be paid Arkansas' minimum wage. Employees are not
required to share any tips with a manager who receives a salary and are
thus entitled to every portion of their tips. The minimum amount that a
tipped employee can be paid is forty-three percent of Arkansasí minimum
wage, or two dollars and sixty-three cents as stated by the United
States Department of Labor.
All combined tips must be more than thirty dollars a month in order for
an employer to pay an employee less than minimum wages. Tip pooling is
allowed at certain establishments where employees share a pre-set tip
percentage each day of work. Tip pooling is common with bus drivers,
bellhops, bartenders, and servers.