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Involuntary Terminations: Arkansas

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: E. B. Chiles IV, Cameron C. McCree and Amber Davis-Tanner, Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC


  • Arkansas law includes a variety of protections for employee whistleblowers, and thus, it is important for employers to familiarize themselves with the statutes and the protections afforded to employees. See The Arkansas Whistle-Blower Act.
  • Arkansas law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees by taking adverse employment actions in response to complaints, formal claims and participation in claims or investigations pertaining to wage and hour violations. See Wage and Hour Anti-Retaliation Provisions.
  • The Arkansas OSH Act Anti Retaliation provisions extend many of the protections of the federal OSH Act to public employers. See Arkansas OSH Act Anti-Retaliation Provisions.
  • The Public Employees Chemical Right to Know Act requires public employers to comply with certain labeling requirements to ensure employees are notified of exposure or potential exposure to harmful chemicals. See The Public Employees Chemical Right to Know Act.
  • Though Arkansas does not have its own version of the federal WARN Act, state law requires certain employers to create policies pertaining to layoffs. See Reductions in Force, Layoffs and Plant Closings.
  • Arkansas employees are limited in the amount of unemployment benefits they can collect. Benefits are calculated using a specific formula based on a percentage of earned wages. See Unemployment Benefits.