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Labor and Employment Blog Arizona’s Minimum Wage Increases in the New Year: What Employers Should Know December 30, 2020 As with every new year in Arizona, new resolutions should include wage adjustments as required by law.  Even with the global pandemic, these statutory increases continue.  Under Arizona’s minimum wage law, the state-mandated minimum wage increases from $12.00 to $12.15 effective January 1, 2021.  Arizona employers may continue to take a tip credit for tipped employees…
Labor and Employment Blog Recreational Marijuana Passes in Arizona – Should Employers Be Concerned? November 10, 2020 Arizona voters recently approved Proposition 207 – also known as the “Smart and Safe Arizona Act” – which largely decriminalizes marijuana possession and use for those who are at least 21 years old, establishes a framework for regulating the sale and possession of marijuana, and imposes excise taxes on recreational marijuana.    Although marijuana was previously authorized under Arizona…
Labor and Employment Blog Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Discrimination Decision Impacts Arizona Employers June 16, 2020 Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful for a covered employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual… because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  For a number of years, both courts and employers have grappled with the question of whether…
Labor and Employment Blog The Small Business Exemption for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the FMLA Expansion Act April 8, 2020 The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided us with regulations governing the application of the small business exemption for both the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA Expansion Act) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (Paid Sick Leave Act).  Under both enactments, employers with fewer than 50 employees may…
Labor and Employment Blog NOTABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE ACT AND THE FMLA EXPANSION ACT March 31, 2020 NOTABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE ACT AND THE FMLA EXPANSION ACT Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act FMLA Expansion Act Qualified Employees From start of employment At 30 days of employment Reasons for Leave 1) Employee subject to quarantine order; 2) Employee advised by health care provider to self-quarantine; 3) Employee has symptoms…
Labor and Employment Blog The U.S. Department of Labor Provides Added Guidance for Application of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act March 25, 2020 On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its initial Guidance providing helpful explanatory information and some much needed clarification of certain terms and requirements of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA Expansion Act) and the…
Labor and Employment Blog The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expands FMLA Rights and Provides for Paid Sick Leave March 19, 2020 By Chris M. Mason and Daniel Peabody, Jennings Strouss On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” (“FFCRA”) which, among other things, significantly expands the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) through December 31, 2020, as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and creates a paid sick…
Labor and Employment Blog Arizona’s Paid Time Off Statute Applies to the Coronavirus March 12, 2020 Arizona’s Paid Time Off (PTO) statute includes a provision with direct application to current issues related to the coronavirus (and issues that may arise soon).  It states: “Earned paid sick time shall be provided to an employee by an employer for: . . . Closure of the employee’s place of business by order of a public official due to a…
Labor and Employment Blog Arizona’s Paid Time Off Statute Applies to the Coronavirus March 12, 2020 Arizona’s Paid Time Off (PTO) statute includes a provision with direct application to current issues related to the coronavirus (and issues that may arise soon).  It states: “Earned paid sick time shall be provided to an employee by an employer for: . . . Closure of the employee’s place of business by order of a public official due to a…
Labor and Employment Blog PETER STROJNIK SR. IS (ONCE AGAIN) FILING ADA LAWSUITS IN ARIZONA February 24, 2020 I guess it’s fitting that in Phoenix, a city named for a mythical creature that arises from the ashes of its predecessor, Peter Strojnik Sr. is once again filing ADA lawsuits (despite being disbarred for filing ADA lawsuits in 2018). In the last 30 days Mr. Strojnik Sr. has filed nine ADA lawsuits against hotels and other…