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Preemployment Screening and Testing: Arkansas

Preemployment Screening and Testing requirements for other states

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

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


  • Arkansas recognizes negligent hiring claims and conducting thorough background checks is a one tool to minimize such claims. See Negligent Hiring.
  • Arkansas also mandates that certain potential employees be subjected to background checks before they are hired. See Mandatory Background Checks.
  • Employers have a good deal of leeway in Arkansas when it comes to the use of arrest and conviction records for employment purposes, but must be cognizant of the EEOC's policy guidance on this issue. See Arrest and Conviction Records.