How To Be Happier at Work
Success doesn’t make you happy – happiness makes you successful.
Numerous studies show that employees who are happy and feel respected at work are significantly more productive and less likely to look for new employment. Unfortunately, many employees are not happy at work. They are fearful of management and/or each other. There is no sense of “team.” Many of these unhappy … Read More
Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee
Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify independent contractors as employees. Typically, an independent contractor status is assigned to avoid paying payroll taxes and compliance … Read More
Why Current PTO Policies are Not Enough to Comply with Arizona Prop 206
On May 23, 2017, the Arizona Industrial Commission issued a new FAQ concerning Arizona’s new paid sick time law (the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act). The new FAQ attempts to address many of the issues that were not previously addressed in the Industrial Commission’s FAQ. We will explain the following Q&A and detail four key areas of concern if an Arizona employer does not create a separate PST … Read More
Answers to Seven Complicated Questions About Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law
Previously, we addressed eight common questions that employers have about Arizona’s new paid sick time (“PST”) law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017. As the law is complex, we are answering seven of the more difficult, and possibly thorny, questions about the new PST law.
1. Does the new PST law apply to salaried employees who are exempt under the FLSA?
Yes, the new law applies … Read More
Eight Questions about Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law
Prop 206: Paid Sick Time Off is Now Required of Arizona Employers
Prop 206 was recently upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court. Not only does Prop 206 increase Arizona’s minimum wage to $10 per hour but also requires paid sick time. Arizona employers must have a paid sick time (“PST”) policy before the new law takes effect on July 1, 2017. Employers need to prepare … Read More
Arizona Prop 206 Upheld by Arizona Supreme Court
Paid Sick Time Off is Required by Arizona Employers
Some employers were taking the "wait and see" approach with Prop 206 due to the legal challenge filed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. The waiting is now over. On March 15, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold Prop 206. In other words, Prop 206 is here to stay, and employers need to comply or face serious consequences. Prop 206, in a … Read More
Why Employers Need Social Media Policies
Although social media is great for developing business, expanding a brand or building a network, it is not without pitfalls. There are an increasing number of cases where an employee’s use of social media has created problems for the employer. The best practice is to maintain a well-written social media policy. Real-world problems can and do arise from the use of social media. & … Read More
New Overtime Rules Delayed
In a crucial blow to the Obama administration, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor's new overtime rules (“the Final Rule”) that would have, among other things, increased the minimum salary for certain exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476. The Final Rule was supposed to take effect on December 1, 2016, and many employers had already … Read More
Arizona Prop. 206 Requires a Higher Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time
Arizona voters recently passed AZ Prop 206 – the Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act – by a significant margin. Prop 206 increases the minimum wage in Arizona to:
$10.00 per hour on January 1, 2017
$10.50 per hour on January 1, 2018
$11.00 per hour on January 1, 2019
$12.00 per hour on January 1, 2020
After 2020, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase according to increases in the cost … Read More
Which Types of Employers are More Likely to Get Sued?
Hi, I’m Kraig Marton and I do employment law here in the firm.
Why do you Call Employment Law Alphabet Soup?
Employers have to know so much when they’re engaged in the field of employment law and there’s so many acronyms that are used that just learning them becomes difficult. There’s things like FMLA, there is USERRA there is COBRA, there is HIPAA, one can go on. Now … Read More