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State Legislature Tracking

We have been active regarding HB1547 and what started out as prohibiting employers from enforcing and employee covid vaccine requirement has been amended to remove that prohibition.

There may be bills that ARSHRM is following only or is officially neutral but which an Arkansas SHRM member or their organization, has a position of support/oppose.

ARSHRM’s involvement in the legislative process is a service to our members and their organizations.  The Arkansas legislative process presents opportunities for our professionals to serve their organization, even if Arkansas SHRM remains neutral on a specific bill.  So, don’t hesitate to get involved.

Legislation of interest to HR adopted in 2021 General Session (information provided by Arkansas State Chamber):

Taxability of Non-Resident Arkansas Income

Act 1019 – Law corrects DFA position that would have required Arkansas employers to collect Arkansas tax on out-of-state employees.  The law restores the rule that an employee working from home should pay tax where they live and work.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Exemption

Act 154 – This law exempts federal unemployment insurance benefits from income taxes, saving taxpayers around $54 million.

Hate Crimes

Act 681 – This law requires perpetrators who are convicted of committing a specified crime against an identifiable class of people to serve 80% of their sentence before being eligible for parole.  With the passage of this law, Arkansas was no longer one of the small number of states without Hate Crime legislation.

Covid Liability Protection for Businesses

Act 559 – Law codifies executive order issued by Governor Hutchinson.  The law provides Covid-19 liability protection for businesses by creating civil immunity for damages or injuries caused by or resulting from exposure to Covid-19 on business premises.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

Act 712– This law broadens existing criminal law provisions to protect critical infrastructure such as utilities, gas, and telephone systems.

Worker's Compensation Covid Protection

Act 353 – This law establishes Covid-19 as a worker’s compensation occupational disease, which makes these cases eligible to seek worker’s compensation.  This provision expires in 2023.

Funding to Update Unemployment Insurance Computer System

Act 667 – This bill was supported by ARSHRM before becoming law.  This law authorizes $35 million from the UI Trust Fund to be used by DWS to upgrade/modernize the UI computer systems.

Unemployment Insurance Wage Base Cap

Act 368 – This law freezes the UI wage base for 2022 at $10,000 or less.

Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Tax Rate Cap

Act 369 – This law sets UI stabilization tax for 2022 at two-tenths of one percent (0.2%).

Unemployment Insurance Claim Experience Forgiveness

Act 153 – This law provides employer’s UI claims experience forgiveness for UI claims made during certain time periods due to the Covid pandemic.

Watch this page in January 2023 when the next session begins.