Earned Paid Sick Time Coming to Arizona

Under The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, a new law that goes into effect July 1, 2017, Arizona employees will be entitled to earned paid sick time. While the law doesn’t take effect for a few months, the poster has already been released.

Benefits of the New Law

Beginning July 1, 2017, employees may accrue a minimum of 1 hour of earned paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. The accruals are based on company size, as follows:

  • In companies with less than 15 employees, workers may accrue or use only 24 hours of earned paid sick time per year.
  • In companies with 15 or more employees, workers may accrue or use only 40 hours of earned paid sick time per year.

However, employers may choose to offer their employees higher accrual amounts and limits of use.

Paid sick time may be used for personal medical care; a mental or physical illness, injury, or other health condition; an absence due to domestic or sexual violence, abuse, or stalking; a public health emergency; and also for caring for a family member.

Exemptions to the Law

The law does not apply to anyone who works for a parent or sibling, anyone who works as a baby-sitter in an employer’s home on a casual basis, or state or federal government employees.

How to Keep Those Posters Coming

Because poster changes can happen at any time, be sure to sign up for our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan so that you will automatically receive the updated Arizona poster as soon as it becomes available. Plus, we offer free automatic updates during the year, regardless of how many changes occur, making this the best way to ensure worry-free compliance!