An Arkansas employment contract is a legal document that establishes and details an employee-employer relationship. The form ensures the employee understands their role by relaying their expected duties, compensation, benefits, and employment period. Furthermore, an employer can use the form to protect their company’s confidential information and trade secrets from being disclosed by their employee(s).
The contract can be drafted with a termination date, or it can remain in effect indefinitely (“at-will” employment). In the latter case, the employee or the employer may terminate the relationship at any time for any non-discriminatory reason.
Independent Contractor Agreement – Used to assign a work project to a freelance worker.
Subcontractor Agreement – Used by an independent contractor to temporarily hire a subcontractor for a specialized service.
- Labor Statutes: Title 11
- Definition of Employee: § 11-10-210(a)(1)(B)
- Minimum Wage: $11.00 (§ 11-4-210(a)(3))
- Overtime: One and one-half (1 ½) times their standard pay (not applicable to employees in the agriculture sector) (§ 11-4-211(a)).
- Record Keeping: Employers must keep records for a period of no less than three (3) years (§ 11-4-217(a)).
Permitted? Yes, Arkansas allows for the employer or employee to terminate the employer-employee relationship at any time for any reason or no reason, except discrimination against the employee’s age, gender, background, beliefs, disability, or if they are pregnant or have recently undergone an abortion (Department of Lab. and Licensing FAQs). Employers also cannot fire an employee due to:
- Refusal to disclose personal social media information (§ 11-2-124(c)(1)).
- Retaliation against complaints (§ 11-4-608 and § 11-4-206(b)).