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Arkansas Department of Labor & Licensing Wins Two International Awards


New recognized for excellence in government websites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – June 14, 2022 –  The Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing has received the highest honors in two international award programs for its newly designed website. Chosen among more than 11,000 entries worldwide, was recognized with the Award of Excellence in the 2022 Communicator Awards and the Platinum Award of Excellence in the 2022 Hermes Awards.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized on a global scale for our new website,” Secretary of Labor & Licensing Daryl Bassett said. “Since this department was formed under Transformation, I set my sights on combining our divisions under one website and presenting a unified digital presence across state government. Our website has delivered on that vision and makes it easy for our constituents to find and interact with us online. We are proud for it to be recognized as a benchmark for government websites around the world, and we will continue to build on our award-winning website to serve the state through digital services.”

The Department of Labor and Licensing joins a number of other cabinet-level departments in Arkansas to adopt a unified look and feel for its website including,,, and

The Department worked with the state’s digital services provider, NIC Arkansas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tyler Technologies, to deliver the website at no cost under its enterprise funding model.

The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best digital, mobile, audio, visual and social content the industry has to offer and is widely recognized as one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. Rigorous judging is done by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA) and entries are scored on a strict 100 points scale system. The Department of Labor and Licensing website scored in the top range of 90 to 100, which is the highest category of  “Excellence Winners.”

The Hermes Creative Award is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. This competition is one of the largest of its kind in the world with more than 6,000 entries from corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The AMCP (Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals) judges these standards of excellence using a 100 points system. The Arkansas Department of Labor & Licensing was given the honor of “Platinum,” the top honor in the competition, with a final score of 98.

About the Arkansas Department of Labor & Licensing

The Department of Labor and Licensing was established in 2019 under Governor Hutchinson’s Transformation & Shared Services Act. The department comprises the Division of Labor, responsible for the enforcement of state labor laws; Workers’ Compensation Commission, providing protection to employers, employees and their dependents from financial burdens imposed by job-related injury and disease; and 23 occupational licensing boards. Learn more at

About NIC Arkansas

Little-Rock-based NIC Arkansas is celebrating 25 years as the state’s official digital government services partner and is part of NIC, a wholly owned division of Tyler Technologies. NIC Arkansas operates, the official website of the State of Arkansas, which offers more than 1,000 state and local online services and works with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) to help state government entities web-enable their information and services.

Contact: Secretary Daryl Bassett
Arkansas Department of Labor & Licensing

Contact: Christy Williams
NIC Arkansas

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