Arkansas Overtime Laws – AR

If you’re wondering whether or not you are eligible to earn overtime pay as an employee in Arkansas, you should know that there are federal and state laws in place to protect you. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a nationwide law that ensures employers treat employees properly. This includes making sure they’re paid properly for the work they do. There are also state laws in place to protect works.

If you are an employee in Arkansas, you should be paid the standard overtime rate of 1.5 your normal pay for every hour worked after 40. However, there are no mandates in place that require employers to pay employees more for working weekends, holidays, or more than 8 hours in one day. Understanding these laws and whether or not you’re eligible to receive overtime pay is vital to make sure you’re earning the proper wage for your hard work.

Overtime Law Overview for Arkansas

Below Is an Outline of Critical Arkansas Overtime Law Components.

State/Federal Statutes
  • Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA)
  • Arkansas State Code § 11-4-211
Methods For Overtime Calculation:
  • Hourly Employees: 1.5 x Normal pay rate for all hours above 40 in a single workweek.
  • Hourly Employees with Plus Bonus and/or Commission: To determine the regular rate, take the total hours worked multiplied by the hourly rate, then add the workweek bonus/commission. Next, divide by the total hours in a single workweek. Finally, pay half of the adjusted rate for every hour of overtime.
  • Salary Employees: To determine the regular rate, take the salary and divide by the number of hours the salary is supposed to cover.
  • Add the regular rate for each hour up to 40 hours if the hours total less than 40. For all hours after 40, 1.5 x the regular rate.
  • Pay 1.5 x the regular rate for each hour over if the total hours worked is above 40.
FLSA Exemptions These Employees Do NOT Qualify for Overtime Pay in Arkansas (Incomplete List)
  • Administrative Employees
  • Executive Employees
  • Professional Employees

Note: New legislation, high court rulings (federal court decisions included), ballot initiatives, and other influences can change state laws. Please refer to a qualified attorney or complete your own research to verify the laws in your state to ensure accuracy.

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State Employees and Compensatory Time

If and only if you are an Arkansas state employee, you can receive “comp time.” Compensatory time is paid time off at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of worked over 40 hours in a single workweek. This is an alternative provider for overtime pay to government employees and can only be applied based on:

  • Collective Bargaining Agreement (with applicable provisions)
  • A Memorandum
  • Agreements between employees and Arkansas State Agencies.

Overtime Exemptions for Arkansas

The following employees are exempt from Arkansas overtime laws:

  • Administrative Employees
  • Commission Based Employees (sales or retail)
  • Employees of Employers with Less Than Four Employees
  • Executive Employees
  • Hospital Employees
  • Professional Employees

If You Have Been Denied Overtime, Seek Legal Advice Immediately

State and federal laws concerning overtime pay are complex and are subject to change. It always helps to have a professional there to help. If you feel that you or someone you care about has not been properly compensated, then please get in touch with the Lemberg Law legal team today. Complete our form for a FREE case evaluation, or call 475-277-2200 NOW. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, injuries, or lost wages for federal and state wage law violations.

  • Stephenie

    Can my employer require me to work overtime in Arkansas

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