Beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2017, Arizona workers accrue and have the legal right to use a minimum amount of Paid Sick Time benefits each year. This is a part of Proposition 206, also known as the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, that initially amended the Arizona Minimum Wage Act to provide for incremental increases to minimum wage for Arizona workers beginning on January 1, 2017.
What does this mean for employers?
The Act requires that Employers with more than 15 employees provide a minimum of 40 (annually accrued) hours of Sick Leave to employees. However, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (the “Act”) provides that “an employer with a paid leave policy . . . who makes available an amount of paid leave sufficient to meet the accrual requirements of this section that may be used for the same purposes and under the same conditions as earned paid sick time under this article is not required to provide additional paid sick time.” Therefore, provided that an employer’s equivalent paid leave policy provides paid leave that may be used for the same purposes and under the same conditions enumerated in the Act, it need not offer additional leave when an employee utilizes the available time for purposes other than those enumerated in the Act.
You can find more information about this Act at the following address: https://www.azica.gov/frequently-asked-questions-about-wage-and-earned-paid-sick-time-laws.