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New Year, New Laws: 2019 Brings Mini-COBRA, Nondisclosure Restrictions, and Minimum Wage Increase to Arizona

When Arizona’s fifty-third legislature ended last spring, we reported on four new laws that impact Arizona employers and employees. The legislature also passed two additional laws impacting Arizona employers. First, the so-called “mini-COBRA” statute extends qualifying event notification requirements to small employers (those with 20 or fewer employees) that provide health insurance coverage for their employees. The other law affects nondisclosure agreements by limiting their scope when the subject matter involves sexual offenses or obscenity. In addition, Arizona’s minimum wage rate increased on January 1, 2019.