FAQ Regarding the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act

On April 7, 2020, the Industrial Commission of Arizona updated its FAQ document concerning the state’s Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (FWHFA) to show how the FWHFA interacts with the FFCRA. The FWHFA mandates that full-time, part-time and seasonal employees be granted paid sick leave, earning a minimum of one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked. Employers with fewer than 15 employees must provide at least 24 hours of paid sick leave each year. Businesses with 15 or more employees must provide a minimum of 40 hours yearly.

The FAQ states that FWHFA leave can be used if an employee or a member of the employee’s family is stricken with COVID-19, and that the paid sick leave provided under the FWHFA is in addition to the paid sick leave granted under the FFCRA.

Arizona employers should be aware of these developments.