Arkansas Paid Family Leave (AR VPFL)

Arkansas Paid Family Leave (AR VPFL)

Arkansas passed a voluntary law allowing "Family Leave Insurance.", which amends Ark. Code Ann. 23-62-112.

The insurance commission may establish rules to set standards for policies and other form submissions, which will be needed to understand the coordination of the new PFL benefits with expanded pregnancy benefits within short-term disability.

Coverage Options: Voluntary, fully insured paid family leave benefits available for insurance carriers to offer as an amendment or rider to a short-term disability policy, included in a short-term disability policy, or as a standalone policy. 

Benefits: The insurance codes do not establish minimum standards for family leave insurance other than the following absence reasons.

Absence reasons: Family leave insurance may replace all or part of an employee’s income loss due to the following events:

  • Birth of the employee’s child or adoption of a child by the employee
  • Placement of a child in the home of the employee for foster care 
  • Care of the employee’s family member who has a serious health condition
  • Circumstances arising because the employee's family member, who is a service member, is on active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty

Contributions: Voluntary offering. No mandatory payroll contributions to support a state program. 

Key Dates:
February 17, 2023: Governor signed SB 111 
June 9, 2022: Law was effective (90 days after legislative session ends)

As of April 8, 2024

What is Paid Family & Medical Leave?


AR PFML Statutory Leave Benefit Guide View

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