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(a)(1) Notwithstanding any provision of state law, records of the physicians' health committee pertaining to an impaired physician and all records of the dentists' health committee pertaining to an impaired dentist shall be kept confidential and are not subject to discovery or subpoena.
(2) No person in attendance at any meeting of the physicians' health committee or the dentists' health committee shall be required to testify as to any committee discussions or proceedings.
(b) However, information, documents, or records otherwise available from original sources are not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in any such action merely because they were presented during the proceedings of the committee, nor shall any person who testifies before the committee or who is a member of the committee be prevented from testifying as to matters within his or her knowledge, but the witness shall not be asked about his or her testimony before the committee or about opinions formed by him or her as a result of the committee hearings.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, any employing unit which is or becomes an employer subject to this chapter within any calendar year, shall be an employer subject thereto during the whole of such calendar year.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in Section 25-4-131, an employer (except governmental entities) shall cease to be an employer subject to this chapter:
(1) As of January 1 of any calendar year if he files with the secretary, prior to April 1 of such year, a written application for termination of coverage and he has not, during the preceding calendar year, met any of the conditions for remaining subject to this chapter.
(2)a. As of the date of transfer of his organization, trade or business, or substantially all the assets thereof to a successor as provided by paragraph (a)(4)a. of Section 25-4-8; provided, that he shall have ceased to employ any individual or individuals in employment subject to this chapter; provided further, however, should the disposing employer reacquire all or substantially all of the same employing unit during the same or next succeeding calendar year without the predecessor having employed individuals, thereby succeeding to the employment experience, he shall be deemed not to have ceased operation and shall have his rate of contribution computed based upon that portion of his and his successor's employment experience occurring during the period specified in Section 25-4-54.
b. If, immediately subsequent to the date of transfer of his organization, trade or business, or substantially all the assets thereof to a successor as provided by paragraph (a)(4)a. of Section 25-4-8, he shall cease to be an employer subject to this chapter as of the date of such transfer. If, however, subsequent to the date of transfer, he employs or continues to employ any individual or individuals he shall again become an employer subject to this chapter when any of the provisions of Section 25-4-8 are met and shall be considered an employer first becoming subject for the purposes of Sections 25-4-16 and 25-4-54.
(3) As of January 1, next following two consecutive calendar years ending on the preceding December 31, during which he employed no individuals in employment subject to this chapter.
(c) Any political subdivision which has made an election may, prior to January 1, 1978, terminate said election after the two-year period called for in subsection (b) of Section 25-4-131 has been completed by filing with the secretary written notice not later than the December 1, of any calendar year, such termination to be effective as of the first day of the next ensuing calendar year with respect to services performed on and after that date.
(d) When an employer's coverage is terminated under the provisions of this section, such employer shall not, except as otherwise provided in this section, thereafter become subject to the provisions of this chapter on the basis of any employment by such employer prior to the effective date of such termination.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Arkansas Code Title 17. Professions, Occupations, and Businesses § 17-80-208. Records--Confidentiality - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ar/title-17-professions-occupations-and-businesses/ar-code-sect-17-80-208/
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