The labor laws in the state of Arkansas is governed by the Arkansas Code(non- annotated) Title-11 Labor and Industrial Relations.
The code contains the provision relating to the following aspects of labor laws:
- Labor Relations and Practices.
- Wage and Hour Regulations Generally.
Working Conditions Generally.
Regulation of Mines.
Injury or Death of Employees Generally.
- Workers' Compensation.
- Employment Security.
- Employment Offices and Agencies.
- Employment Of Children In Entertainment Industry.
- Voluntary Program for Drug-free Workplaces.
Department of Labor
The chapter on Working Conditions specifies that the employer shall maintain the following minimum working conditions for the employee at their working place. Every factory, mill, workshop, mercantile establishment, laundry, or other establishment, adequate measures shall be taken for securing and maintaining a reasonable, and as far as possible, an equable temperature consistent with the reasonable requirements of the manufacturing process.
No unnecessary humidity which would jeopardize the health of employees shall be permitted.
In every room, apartment, or building used as a factory, mill, workshop, mercantile establishment, laundry, or other place of employment, sufficient air space shall be provided for every employee which in the judgment of the Director of the Department of Labor or of his or her deputies and inspectors is sufficient for the employees health and welfare.
REMOVAL OF GAS, EFFLUVIA, AND DUST
All factories, mills, workshops, mercantile establishments, laundries, and other establishments shall be kept free from gas or effluvia arising from any sewer, drain, privy, or other nuisance on the premises.
All poisonous or noxious gases arising from any process and all dust which is injurious to the health of persons employed which is created in the process of manufacturing within the above-named establishments shall be removed as far as practicable by ventilators, exhaust fans, or other adequate devices.
All decomposed, fetid, or putrescent matter and all refuse, waste, and sweepings of any factory, mill, workshop, mercantile establishment, laundry, or other establishment shall be removed at least once each day and be disposed of in such manner as not to cause a nuisance.
All cleaning, sweeping, and dusting shall be done as far as possible outside of working hours, but if done during working hours, shall be done in such a manner as to avoid, as far as possible, the raising of dust and noxious odors.
SEPARATE TOILET ROOMS FOR MALES AND FEMALES
There shall be provided in every factory, manufacturing establishment, workshop, or other place where six (6) or more males and females are employed separate toilets and washrooms for males and females.
The Director of the Department of Labor shall enforce the provisions of this section and shall give notice in writing to employers violating it.
Upon failure to comply with the provisions of this section after thirty (30) days from the notice, the employers shall be liable to penalties provided in subsection (c) of this section.
Any firm, person, or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).
SAFE DOORS, STAIRWAYS, AND ELEVATORS
All doors used by employees as entrances to or exits from factories, mills, workshops, mercantile establishments, laundries, or other establishments of a height of two (2) stories or over shall open outward and shall be so constructed as to be easily and immediately opened from within in case of fire or other emergencies.
Proper and substantial handrails shall be provided on all stairways.
Lights shall be kept burning at all main stairs, stair landings, and elevator shafts in the absence of sufficient natural light.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any mercantile establishments having fewer than three (3) female employees.
PROHIBITION ON USE OF INJURIOUS MATERIAL, PROCESS, OR CONDITION
It shall be a violation of this subchapter for any employer to use or permit to be used in the conduct of his or her business, manufacturing establishment, or other place of employment any material, process, or condition known to have an adverse effect on health.
However, that material, process, or condition may be used when it is operated, handled, or used in such a manner that injury to the health of the worker will not occur.
It shall be the duty of the Division of Industrial Hygiene to evaluate and determine whether the material, process, or condition is being operated, handled, or used in such a manner that injury to the health of the worker will not occur.
WARNING SIGNS WORK NEAR HIGH VOLTAGE LINES
The owner, agent, or employer responsible for the operation of equipment shall post and maintain in plain view of the operator on each crane, derrick, power shovel, drilling rig, hay loader, hay stacker, pile driver, or similar apparatus, any part of which is capable of vertical, lateral, or swinging motion, an approved weather-resistant warning sign legible at twelve feet (12') reading:
"WARNING- Unlawful to operate this equipment within ten feet (10') of energized overhead electrical lines."
Warning signs shall be placed:
Within the equipment readily visible to operators of cranes and other equipment when at the controls of such equipment; and
On the outside of equipment in such number and locations as to be readily visible to mechanics or other persons engaged in the work operations.
Warning signs should not be less than five inches (5") in height and not less than seven inches (7") in width.
Every employer shall pay each of his employees wages at the rate of not less than five dollars and fifteen cents ($5.15) per hour.
Any full-time student attending any accredited institution of education within the State of Arkansas and who is employed to work an amount not to exceed twenty (20) hours during weeks that school is in session or forty (40) hours during weeks when school is not in session, the rate of wage shall be equal to but not less than eighty-five percent (85%) of the minimum wage.