Can Employers Become Liable for Employee Debts?
Arizona-based employers ask us, “Can we be held liable for the debts of our employees?” The short answer is maybe. However, the risk lessens if the employer follows some best practices. For many employers, they do not know much about their employees’ finances. Unless the position or the employer required a credit report as a condition of employment, or continuing employment, personal finances are … Read More
Wouldn’t You Want To Know?
As the owner of a small law firm, you are proud of the firm that you helped build. One day, a female employee tells you that a male coworker is making her uncomfortable and won’t stop sexually harassing her. The #metoo movement is strong, and you had hoped that your male employees “knew better.” You thank her for reporting her concerns and tell her that you will promptly investigate.
After a … Read More
Five Considerations for Employers Who Hear “I’m Afraid to Return to Work”
Many companies have been requesting that remote workers return to the office. There are many employees who want to continue teleworking. Employers need to carefully evaluate each request.
Talk With the Employee
Employers need to talk with the employee to figure out why they want to telework. Some of the common reasons are as follows:
Diagnosis of COVID-19;
Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19;
Child or senior … Read More
Your Arizona Employer Has Sued You for Soliciting Its Customers and Employees, Now What?
An employer may request that an employee sign a non-solicitation agreement. When the employment ends, the trouble sometimes begins. If you are an Arizona employee and your former employer has sent a demand letter, threatened to sue you, or has actually filed suit against you for soliciting its customers and employees, there are many important considerations.
The Non-Solicitation Agreement May Not Be Enforceable. … Read More
Arizona’s Minimum Wage Increases Again on January 1, 2022
The Arizona minimum wage will increase yet again from $12.15 per hour to $12.80 per hour. The increase will take effect on January 1, 2022 and will remain in effect until December 31, 2022. This means that Arizona employers will need to start paying the higher minimum wage ($12.80 per hour) for all hours worked after January 1, 2022.
The Arizona minimum wage will likely increase yet again on January 1, 2023 … Read More
The Dangers of OTC Work
Two years ago, these words were seldom used in the business context – remote workers, hybrid schedule, and essential workers. Now they are the norm. During the pandemic, many employers have embraced telework opportunities for their workforce. While surveys consistently report that many employees favor the flexibility that telework and hybrid work offers them, telework has potential issues for employers, one … Read More
Jaburg Wilk Partner, Silence, is Panelist at Arizona Association for Justice Webinar
Jeffery Silence, featured speaker at the Arizona Association for Justice 2021 Arizona Paid Sick Time Webinar. Jeff will explore Arizona's paid sick time law, what it covers, what employers are responsible for, and retaliation provisions.
What: Arizona’s Paid Sick Time Law
What and who are covered
How is it calculated
What are employers responsible for
Where: Live virtual event … Read More
What Arizona Employees Need to Know Who Are Being Sexually Harassed at Work
While it seems evident that no employer would want an environment where employees are not respected, valued, and protected from being sexually harassed, it still happens. If you work for an Arizona employer, and you are being sexually harassed at work, there are steps that you can, and should, take.
First, Report It
The first thing to do - and the most important step - is to report the harassment to HR and … Read More
The Feds Are Going After Non-Compete Covenants
On July 7, 2021, President Biden announced that he intends to sign an executive order targeting employer-employee non-compete covenants (agreements) nationwide through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC investigates and enforces a variety of antitrust and consumer protection laws governing unfair or deceptive acts or practices it deems to be unfair or deceptive. Those laws extend to the acts or practices … Read More
Seven Important Considerations for Arizona Employees Who Blow the Whistle on Their Employer
A whistleblower is a term used in employment law for any employee who raises concerns about unlawful conduct. Arizona has a comprehensive whistleblower law that protects whistleblowers.
This law makes it unlawful for an Arizona employer to terminate an employee who blows the whistle. There are, however, several things to consider before blowing the whistle.
1. Blow the Whistle to an Appropriate Member of … Read More