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The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) held a public hearing on August 8 on its proposed rules under Arizona’s new paid sick time (PST) law of the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. Those who attended had an opportunity to ask ICA representatives, including Labor Department Director Steve Welker, questions about the ICA’s interpretation of the law. Here’s a summary of information shared during the hearing:…
On August 2, Arizona’s highest court released a unanimous opinion explaining its March 14 rejection of several constitutional challenges to the state’s new paid sick time (PST) law. You may remember that, upon denying the requested injunction and special action relief, the Court said it would issue a written opinion further explaining its decision in due course. The August 2 opinion does just that. It discusses the constitutionality of the PST law under the Revenue…
This week the Democratic Party announced a new economic agenda largely focused on employment issues affecting working families. Entitled: “A Better Deal,” the agenda consists of several proposals that aim to create jobs, raise wages, and lower household costs. For example, the agenda sets a goal to create 10 million good-paying, full-time jobs within five years through employer tax credit incentives, apprenticeships, and paid on-the-job training. It also seeks to implement paid family leave, as well as new merger standards and post-merger…
This week the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a fired medical marijuana user can pursue a disability discrimination claim against her former employer under the state’s anti-discrimination law. The decision is significant because it’s the first time a state’s highest court has recognized that the protections afforded under an anti-discrimination law extend to employees who use medicinal marijuana to treat disabilities.…
The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s (ICA) proposed rules under Arizona’s new paid sick time (PST) law incentivize employers to front load 40 hours of immediately-available PST or equivalent paid time off to each employee (24 hours for small employers). According to the ICA, employers who do that will be exempt from the PST law’s carryover and additional accrual requirements.…
The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s (ICA) supplemental proposed rules under Arizona’s new paid sick time (PST) law provide much-needed clarity on how the law affects employers with equivalent paid time off (PTO) policies. According to the ICA, employers do not need to separately track, record, or provide PST if they give employees equivalent PTO.…
The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s (ICA) proposed rules under Arizona’s new paid sick time (PST) law provide detailed guidance on how to calculate an employee’s “same hourly rate” for purposes of paying sick time, answering employer questions on how to calculate the rate for employees who earn wages based on something other than a straight hourly rate.…
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…
With the exception of federal contractors, federal law does not require employers to give employees paid sick time (PST). However, state and local government entities across the US have begun adopting PST laws on a piecemeal basis. This state and local trend should be on every employer’s radar. The legal consequences for violations and noncompliance can be steep, and vary by location.…