Governor Mike Beebe’s executive order of May 2008, granting up to a week of paid emergency leave for Arkansas state employees affected by severe weather, remains in effect for the current emergency in most of northern Arkansas.
Under the order, any state employee whose primary residence was lost or sustained heavy damage because of a weather-related disaster, may file for up to 40 hours of paid leave at the discretion of the agency director. Other forms of earned leave may still be used in addition to the emergency time.
Affected employees should contact their supervisors or directors to ensure proper record-keeping. Individual agencies and departments will maintain records of the emergency leave for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
Governor Mike Beebe today also authorized an additional $300,000 from Arkansas's Emergency Response Fund to help victims who suffered damage in this week's ice storms