Ballot measure Proposition 206 was passed by Arizona voters in November. In addition to annual minimum wage increases, employers will be required to provide earned paid sick time to their employees.

Minimum Wage Increase

  • $10.00 on and after January 1, 2017
  • $10.50 on and after January 1, 2018
  • $11.00 on and after January 1, 2019
  • $12.00 on and after January 1, 2020
  • Will be increased by the cost of living adjustment on and after January 1, 2021

Earned Paid Sick Time

Starting July 1, 2017 all employers are required to allow an employee to accrue a minimum of one (1) hour of sick time per thirty (30) hours worked, subject to the following limits:

  • Employers with fewer than 15 employees are required to allow an employee to accrue a minimum of and use up to twenty-four (24) hours of earned paid sick time per year.
  • Employers with 15 or more employees are required to allow an employee to accrue a minimum of and use up to forty (40) hours of earned paid sick time per year.
  • An employer is allowed to select higher limits.
  • Unused earned paid sick time shall be carried over to the following year, subject to the limits
    stipulated above.

All full-time, part-time and/or temporary basis employees are included.

Employees may utilize the accrued earned paid sick time without an employer retaliating for the following conditions and/or events:

  • Mental or physical illness, injury or health conditions;
  • Care of a family member with the above needs;
  • Communicable diseases announced by Public Officials; and
  • Domestic violence and related follow up.

An employer shall have a written policy for unforeseeable earned paid sick time requests. An employee shall make a good faith effort if the earned paid sick time request is foreseeable.

An employer may be subject to additional payments for failure to implement and adhere the new regulation. There may be additional payments to the employee if an employer retaliates.

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