New Law Mandates Employee Sick Leave

On Nov. 8, 2016, Arizona voters approved “The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative,” also known as Proposition 206. Beginning July 1, 2017, the law requires that most Arizona employees accrue paid sick leave.

Specifically, the law requires employers with at least 15 employees to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave during a calendar year, excluding those employed by governmental entities. Employers with less than 15 employees are required to provide up to 24 hours of paid leave during a calendar year.

Employees accrue one hour for every 30 hours worked for a maximum of 40 hours paid sick leave over the course of one year and can roll over days to the following year, but employers are not required to provide more than 40 hours of paid sick leave in a calendar year. New employees can start accruing paid sick time on their first day of employment and may use accrued sick leave after an initial 90 day probationary period. The sick leave can be used for an employee’s own medical or health condition or to care for a “family member” as defined by the law.

Certain recordkeeping and notices are required (some prior to the effective date of the law). Employers must comply with the new law by July 1, 2017.

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