Performance Appraisals: 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
- Because performance appraisals are a potential source of liability for employers, employers should be knowledgeable of any claims that performance appraisal-related issues might generate. See Potential Claims Employers May Face Regarding Performance Appraisal Issues.
- In Arkansas, employers enjoy qualified immunity from defamation claims when disclosing certain information in good faith. See Potential Claims Employers May Face Regarding Performance Appraisal Issues; Job Reference Immunity.
- Arkansas employers are prohibited from making false statements or maintaining blacklists to prevent a former employee's employment. See Blacklisting.
- Arkansas recognizes various claims regarding invasion of privacy. See Invasion of Privacy.
- An employer may be held liable if the employer retaliates against an employee for exercising a protected right or engaging in a protected activity. See Discrimination, Retaliation and Whistleblower Protections.
- Employers should make honest assessments of their employees during the performance appraisal process in order to minimize liability regarding negligent retention claims. See Negligent Retention.