2010 Arkansas Code
Title 11 - Labor and Industrial Relations
Chapter 10 - Department of Workforce Services Law
Subchapter 5 - Benefits Generally
§ 11-10-514 - Disqualification -- Discharge for misconduct.

11-10-514. Disqualification -- Discharge for misconduct.

(a) (1) If so found by the Director of the Department of Workforce Services, an individual shall be disqualified for benefits if he or she is discharged from his or her last work for misconduct in connection with the work.

(2) In all cases of discharge for absenteeism, the individual's attendance record for the twelve-month period immediately preceding the discharge and the reasons for the absenteeism shall be taken into consideration for purposes of determining whether the absenteeism constitutes misconduct.

(3) (A) Except as otherwise provided in this section, an individual's disqualification for misconduct shall be for eight (8) weeks of unemployment as defined in 11-10-512.

(B) However, for a discharge that occurs during the period of July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011, the disqualification under subdivision (a)(3)(A) of this section shall continue until, subsequent to filing a claim, he or she has had at least thirty (30) days of employment covered by an unemployment compensation law of this state, another state, or the United States.

(b) (1) If he or she is discharged from his or her last work for misconduct in connection with the work on account of dishonesty, drinking on the job, reporting for work while under the influence of intoxicants, including a controlled substance, or willful violation of bona fide rules or customs of the employer pertaining to the safety of fellow employees, persons, or company property, he or she shall be disqualified from the date of filing the claim until he or she shall have ten (10) weeks of employment in each of which he or she shall have earned wages equal to at least his or her weekly benefit amount.

(2) (A) If an individual is discharged for testing positive for an illegal drug pursuant to a United States Department of Transportation-qualified drug screen conducted in accordance with the employer's bona fide written drug policy, the individual is disqualified:

(i) From the date of filing the claim until he or she shall have ten (10) weeks of employment in each of which he or she shall have earned wages equal to at least his or her weekly benefit amount; and

(ii) Until he or she passes a United States Department of Transportation-qualified drug screen by testing negative for illegal drugs.

(B) If an individual is disqualified under subdivision (b)(2)(A) of this section, no benefit paid to the individual with respect to any week of unemployment after the discharge shall be charged to the account of the employer that discharged the individual if the benefit is based upon wages paid to the individual for employment before the discharge by the employer that discharged the individual.

(c) (1) If so found by the director, an individual shall be disqualified for benefits if he or she is suspended from his or her last work for misconduct in connection with the work.

(2) Except as otherwise provided, the disqualification shall be for the duration of the suspension or eight (8) weeks, whichever is the lesser.
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