Arkansas Overtime Law

Arkansas Minimum Wage Law

Effective October 1, 2006, the minimum wage in Arkansas was increased to $6.25. ALL employers having four or more employees must pay this wage, even employers covered by federal minimum wage and overtime laws. The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.63 per hour as long as tips added to that bring the wage up to $6.25 per hour.

Arkansas Work Time and Breaks

Breaks of less than 20 minutes are considered work time, and the employer must pay the worker for those breaks.  Neither state nor federal law requires an employer to provide a break or a meal period.

Arkansas Time For Payment Of Wages

Workers who are fired by a corporation must be paid their last paycheck within seven days of being fired, if demanded. In all other cases, payment must be made at the regularly scheduled payday.

Arkansas Direct Deposit

Employers may NOT require employees to have their checks direct deposited into a bank account. The worker has the right to refuse to use direct deposit. He may do so by giving the employer a written and signed letter that says the worker does not want direct deposit.

Arkansas Overtime Law

Under Arkansas Overtime Law, most Arkansas employees are entitled to overtime premium pay of time and a half their regular rate of pay for all hours over 40 in a workweek.  The Arkansas Overtime Law does have several exemptions however, like the Federal Overtime Law.

To learn more about Arkansas Overtime Law visit the Arkansas Department of Labor at

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