2020 Arkansas Code
Title 19 - Public Finance
Chapter 4 - State Accounting and Budgetary Procedures
Subchapter 16 - Salaries and Payroll Disbursement
§ 19-4-1614. Judicial awards under federal laws
(a) In the event an employee of the State of Arkansas, or the authorized agent of the employee, files suit against the State of Arkansas in a court of competent jurisdiction for relief under the provisions of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, or the federal Civil Rights Act of 1866, or the federal Civil Rights Act of 1871, or the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the court finds for the employee and in so finding awards wages or salaries for personal services rendered in addition to wages or salaries already paid or due, the additional wages or salaries shall be paid from the regular salary appropriation from which the employee is normally paid. If it is found, however, that such payment will impair the regular salary appropriation, the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State shall transfer the necessary appropriation from the maintenance and general operations appropriation of the employing agency to the regular salary appropriation in order that the additional wages or salaries shall be paid.
(b) Any liquidated damages awarded by the court, pursuant to the federal laws cited in subsection (a) of this section, are to be paid in the same manner as the additional wages or salaries provided for in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) When notified that a state employee has filed suit or is in any other manner claiming redress under the provisions of the federal laws cited in subsection (a) of this section, the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State may investigate the circumstances surrounding the claim. If, based on the evidence and facts found during the investigation, the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State determines or has reason to believe that the court would sustain the employee's claim and find for the employee and in so doing award wages or salaries in addition to those paid or due for the employee's personal service rendered, then the Chief Fiscal Officer of the State shall, with the advice of the Legislative Council or the Joint Budget Committee, authorize payment of the additional wages or salaries as provided in subsection (a) of this section.