Arkansas – Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave

Minimum Wage

Arkansas’ current minimum wage rate is $9.25.

For more information on Arkansas’s minimum wage laws, visit our Arkansas Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Arkansas labor laws require employers with four (4) or more employees to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ times their regular rate when they work 40 hours or more in a work week, unless an employee is otherwise exempt. AR Statute 11-4-211. Federal overtime laws may also apply. For federally-defined exemption and other federal overtime laws see FLSA: Overtime.

Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Arkansas may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Arkansas Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.

Meals and Breaks

Arkansas labor laws do not require employers to provide meals or breaks (except to children under the age of 16 employed in the entertainment industry). AR Admin. Regs. for Child Labor Section 2.402(c).

However, if an employer chooses to provide a break period of 20 minutes or less, it must be paid. Additionally, if an employer chooses to provide a meal period (typically 30 minutes or longer), it may be unpaid so long as the employee is completely relieved of all work duties during the meal period. AR Admin. Regs. 010.14-108(C); AR Dept. of Labor FAQs.

Nursing Mother Breaks

Arkansas laws require employers to provide employees who are nursing mothers unpaid break time each day to express breast milk unless doing so would create an undue hardship on the employers’ operations. Nursing mothers must make reasonable efforts to minimize the disruption of the employers’ operations. Also, when possible, nursing mothers should attempt to take their nursing breaks at the same time as other breaks and meal periods provided by their employers.

Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide nursing mother employees with private, secure, and sanitary locations where nursing mothers may express breast milk. The locations must be in close proximity to the nursing mothers’ work areas. Toilet stalls do not meet the minimum standards for the nursing mothers location. Employers may ask nursing mothers to express breast milk at their normal work location if the normal work locations meets the minimum standard for nursing mother locations.

Vacation Leave

Information about Arkansas vacation leave laws may now be found on our Arkansas Leave Laws page.

Sick Leave

Information about Arkansas sick leave laws may now be found on our Arkansas Leave Laws page.

Holiday Leave

Information about Arkansas holiday leave laws may now be found on our Arkansas Leave Laws page.

Jury Duty Leave

Information about Arkansas jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Arkansas Leave Laws page.

Voting Leave

Information about Arkansas voting leave laws may now be found on our Arkansas Leave Laws page.

Severance Pay

Arkansas labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Under certain circumstances, NY residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Arkansas State Unemployment Benefits.

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