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Arizona’s Voter-Approved Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Law Constitutional, State High Court Affirms

In a much-anticipated decision, the Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to uphold Proposition 206, the November 2016 ballot initiative that increases the Arizona minimum wage and requires employers in the state to offer paid sick leave to employees.

New Arizona Law Provides Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Time

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“FWHFA” or “the Act”), which amends the Arizona Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”) to provide for incremental increases to the minimum wage for Arizona workers beginning on January 1, 2017. The Act also requires that, beginning July 1, 2017, Arizona workers shall accrue, and have the legal right to use, a minimum amount of “Paid Sick Time” benefits each year.

Arizona's Minimum Wage Will Increase On January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Arizona minimum wage will increase from $7.90 to $8.05 per hour.

Arizona's Minimum Wage Will Increase On January 1, 2014

On January 1, 2014, the Arizona minimum wage will increase from $7.80 to $7.90.

Industrial Commission of Arizona Raises Minimum Wage to $7.80 for 2013

The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) announced on October 18, 2012 that Arizona’s minimum wage will increase from its current hourly rate of $7.65 to $7.80 for the calendar year 2013. This 15-cent bump is based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which increased 1.7% from August 2011 to August 2012. Arizona’s minimum wage now will be 55 cents higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The latter does not increase automatically and must be increased through congressional action.

Industrial Commission of Arizona Raises Minimum Wage to $7.65 for 2012

The Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) recently announced that Arizona’s minimum wage will increase from its current rate of $7.35 to $7.65 for the calendar year 2012. This 30-cent bump is based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), which increased 3.8% from August 2010 to August 2011. Arizona’s minimum wage now will be 40 cents higher than the current federal minimum wage of $7.25. The latter does not increase automatically and must be increased through congressional action.

Arizona Minimum Wage Will Increase in 2011 to $7.35 per Hour

Effective January 1, 2011, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $7.35 per hour. This is the first increase since 2009, when the minimum wage became $7.25 per hour. The new state minimum wage will exceed the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.

Arizona Minimum Wage Update.

On September 24, 2008, the Arizona Industrial Commission approved the annual increase in the minimum wage rate to $7.25 per hour effective January 1, 2009. The $3.00 per hour tip credit allowed in the minimum wage statute remains unchanged.

Arizona Minimum Wage Act Poster (pdf).

Arizona Minimum Wage Act Poster.

Arizona Industrial Commission Implements New Minimum Wage Act Emergency Regulations (pdf).

Arizona Industrial Commission Implements New Minimum Wage Act Emergency Regulations.