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Arizona Supreme Court Upholds Legality of State Minimum Wage and Earned Paid Sick Time Ballot Initiative

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The Arizona Supreme Court has issued an order upholding the legality of a ballot initiative regarding the state minimum wage and earned paid sick time.

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 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.

Certain groups challenged the legality of the ballot initiative.

In the order, the court rejected the challenge to the legality of the ballot initiative. According to the order, a written opinion further explaining the court's decision will issue in due course.

Note: Employers with questions as to the order's impact on workplace policies or practices are advised to contact a knowledgeable employment law attorney.

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