Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-2205, a part of the Classified School Employee Minimum Salary Act, addresses two topics. First, the statute requires each school district to provide no fewer than two (2) paid fifteen (15) minute breaks during each regular workday for each classified school employee who works more than twenty (20) hours per week. Second, the statute mandates that each school district file an affidavit with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to show compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), unless the school district policies or state laws impose higher standards.
Given the mandate that every school district must verify compliance with FLSA, the ADE strongly suggests that every school district seek the advice of legal counsel to ensure strict adherence. Additionally, the Department of Labor (DOL) has an online compliance site that districts/districts’ representatives may find helpful. The “elaws” interactive site is available on the internet at: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/flsa.htm. The following sample affidavit is listed for review purposes only. Again, it is recommended that each individual school district seek the advice of legal counsel on the exact wording of the affidavit:
"In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 6-17-2201 et seq., I have investigated whether (enter applicable school district) School District is in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq. I have reviewed Department of Labor information concerning compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Based upon this review, to the best of my knowledge and belief, (enter applicable school district) School District is in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s requirements for classified employees for the 2017-2018 school year."
The affidavit should be submitted to the ADE Attorney’s Office, Four Capitol Mall, Room 301-A, Little Rock, AR 72201, no later than March 16, 2018. Please be reminded that the affidavit must be notarized in order to be valid. Questions or comments may be directed to the ADE Attorney’s Office at 501-682-4227.