Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Arkansas
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 is an at-will state. Employers should be careful in drafting employee handbooks because certain language in a handbook may create an implied contract. See Employment At-Will.
- Arkansas employers can conduct medical testing and drug testing with respect to employers and applicants provided certain criteria are met. See Medical Examinations and Drug Testing.
- Arkansas law prohibits smoking in all places owned, operated, and leased by the State and in public places and enclosed areas at all places of employment. See Smoking.
- Employers should be knowledgeable of important state-law rules concerning off-duty conduct by employees. See Off-Duty Conduct.
- Arkansas employers who choose to monitor employee activities and electronic communications should give prior notice of their intentions to engage in such conduct. Employers who do not warn employees that monitoring may occur in the workplace face potential liability for invasion of privacy. See Wiretapping and Eavesdropping; Surveillance.