Arkansas - Workers’ Rights

Definition of agricultural worker under state law:

• “Agricultural labor,” as defined under the Arkansas chapter governing the Department of Workforce Services at ARK. CODE ANN. § 11-10-210(f)(1).

Wages and Overtime

Minimum Wage


• While Arkansas has a state overtime law, agricultural workers are expressly exempt. (ARK. CODE ANN. § 11-4-211(b) and (c)). A court recently noted that the definition of “agricultural employees” under the Arkansas overtime statute is “the same definition, essentially” as that of FLSA, despite the lack of definition in the overtime statute. (See Cea v. Cobb-Vantress, Inc., 2019 WL 1607291 (W.D. Ark. Apr. 15, 2019).

State Enforcement Agency

State Enforcement Agency:
Arkansas Department of Labor: 

Relevant Forms:  

Occupational Safety and Health

Workers’ Compensation

State Enforcement Agency:
Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission 


Field Sanitation

Federal Enforcement Agency:
USDOL, OSHA – Arkansas Office


Pesticide Safety

State Enforcement Agency:
Arkansas State Plant Board, Pesticide Division


Reporting instructions:

Right to Join Unions and Collective Bargaining in Agriculture

State Legal Services Organizations

Southern Migrant Legal Services – A Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. 

Southern Poverty Law Center- Immigrant Justice Project