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FMLA: Arkansas

FMLA requirements for other states

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

Author: Susan A.P. Woodhouse, Littler


  • Arkansas does not currently require state family and medical leave for employees of private sector employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • If an employer provides maternity or paternity time off to biological parents it must, upon request, make the same time off available to employees who adopt a child. See Adoption Leave.
  • A covered employer cannot discriminate against an employee on account of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions with respect to obtaining and holding of employment. See Pregnancy Discrimination.
  • Other types of leave may be available to Arkansas employees - some required by federal, state or local law, and some provided by company policy, as well as several sources of income replacement. See Interaction of Leave Laws.