On January 1, 2022, Arizona’s minimum wage increased to $12.80 per hour, making it the sixth highest among the 50 states (according to the minimum wages posted on laborlawcenter.com). While we continue to see an increase in state and local minimum wage statutes, according to minimum-wage.org, 21 states either had no minimum wage laws or had adopted […]
When launching an arbitration agreement, you must understand the pros and cons of requiring your employees to sign one as well as which workers should be covered and the hurdles of enforcement. Depending on the potential value of the claim to be arbitrated, the filing fee could result in a five-figure charge just to initiate […]
The November 3 election saw voters in five states weighing in on new marijuana measures, and the results mean employers will need to be ready for more recreational use.
by Dinita L. James The uncertainty surrounding Proposition 206’s mandate of a $10 minimum wage for 2017 will continue for a few more weeks, as the Arizona Supreme Court has decided to consider business groups’ challenge to the voter-approved law. After a Valentine’s Day conference, Chief Justice Scott Bales announced in a five-sentence order that […]
The THRIVE HR Leadership Exchange is BLR’s expense-paid gathering of top HR execs, held this year September 25-27 at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The event will focus on the challenges, problems, and solutions to today’s top HR concerns.
States with employment-related ballot questions mostly approved them Tuesday, and employers have little lead time before many must be implemented.
By Dinita L. James, JD, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP A new state law in Arizona going into effect on August 6 will allow independent contractors to provide a declaration of their independence to businesses using their services.
by Dinita L. James On February 26, the Phoenix City Council voted to amend its human relations ordinance to include lesbian, gay, and transgender persons as well as disabled individuals among the groups protected from employment discrimination. The 5-3 vote came after a nearly five-hour public hearing before an estimated 500 people in the city’s […]
by Tammy Binford Most new state government workers in Arizona soon will be at-will employees thanks to a new law overhauling the state personnel system that goes into effect September 29. The new law consolidates nine different personnel systems in the executive branch and converts new hires, attorneys, supervisors, and several other high-level employees to […]
By David I. Weissman Many employers are seeking to control escalating health care costs and improve worker productivity by implementing policies that promote employee wellness. As a result, policies that discourage employees from smoking have become increasingly popular. Some companies have gone a step further and decided they won’t hire smokers at all. This includes […]