Are Arizona Employees Entitled to a Paid Lunch Break?
Many employees believe that they are entitled to a lunch break. However, the answer – and in some cases the law - differs by state. In Arizona, employees are not entitled to a lunch break or even a ten-minute break because neither Arizona law nor the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires employers to provide such breaks.
The FLSA, however, does require employers to pay … Read More
Are You Owed Overtime Wages?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay all non-exempt employees the federal minimum wage. It also requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for any overtime hours, which are defined as any hour worked in excess of 40 hours in a seven-day workweek. The FLSA is complex, and it is not always easy to know whether you may be entitled to a premium … Read More
Arizona Employers Need to Update Employee Handbooks
Employment law changes and evolves. Best practice for employers is to have an experienced employment attorney review and update their employee handbook to be in compliance with labor laws. At a minimum, the following areas need to be addressed to have an up-to-date employee handbook for Arizona employers.
Proposition 203, Arizona Medical Marijuana Act
In November 2010, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, … Read More
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
Employers Required to Use Revised Form I-9
Effective September 18, 2017, employers must begin using a revised Form I-9, which was released on July 17, 2017. The new form is valid through August 31, 2019. Using an outdated form is a violation of recordkeeping requirements and may result in fines to the employer.
The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United … 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