During the 2016 general election, Arizona voters approved Proposition or “Prop” 206 by a wide margin. Prop 206 imposed two significant requirements on Arizona employers. First, it increased the state minimum wage as of January 1, 2017, with additional annual increases through 2020. Second, it mandated paid sick time (PST) for Arizona employees as of July 1, 2017.
Many of Prop 206’s PST provisions are susceptible to conflicting interpretations, making it difficult for employers to confidently implement sound PST policies and practices. Fortunately, the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) – the agency responsible for implementing Prop 206 – has provided detailed guidance to help Arizona employers understand and comply with the law.
The ICA’s guidance primarily comes in two forms: (1) proposed administrative rules, and (2) answers to FAQs. The proposed rules are not final and may change before going into effect, but they provide valuable insight into how the ICA interprets the new PST law. The ICA will hold a hearing on the proposed rules on August 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the ICA auditorium. Employers may submit written comments until August 8.
For more information on the ICA’s proposed rules and answers to FAQs, check out our other ICA Guidance posts.