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Arizona Releases Updated FAQs on Minimum Wage and Earned Paid Sick Time

FAQs Address Multiple Topics

The Industrial Commission of Arizona has released updated FAQs on the minimum wage and earned paid sick time.

The FAQs contain information on a variety of topics involving the minimum wage and earned paid sick time, including (but not limited to):

  • The outcome of a legal challenge to the minimum wage and earned paid sick time laws;
  • Posting and recordkeeping requirements;
  • Exemptions;
  • Tipped employees;
  • Prorating employee annual earned paid sick time accrual and usage caps;
  • Calculating total employees for earned paid sick time purposes;
  • Carrying over earned paid sick time;
  • The law's interaction with employers' existing paid leave policies;
  • Examples; and
  • Proposed rules.

Note: According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, the FAQs are for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for the text of the law (discussed below) or the advice of qualified legal counsel.

On the November 8, 2016 state ballot, Arizona voters approved an initiative providing for a rise in the hourly minimum wage to $10.00 per hour (from $8.05 per hour), effective as of January 1, 2017, as well as additional yearly increases to the minimum wage rate. Furthermore, the initiative requires most private employers in Arizona to offer paid sick time to eligible employees, effective July 1, 2017.

Click here to download the updated FAQs only. A full copy of the FAQs (containing previously released FAQs) is also available.

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