Arizona is one of 10 states that adjust the minimum wage annually based on inflation.  Arizona’s minimum wage law went into effect in 2006 when the state’s voters enacted Proposition 202, known as the “Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act”.  

The voter initiative established an Arizona minimum wage and provided for an annual increase based on the increase in the cost of living based on the federal Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). 

Although the CPI-U index dropped 1.5 percent during the 12-month period ending last August, the Minimum Wage Act does not provide for a decrease in the Arizona minimum wage.  The Industrial Commission of Arizona determined that the state minimum wage would stay at $7.25 per hour through 2010. 

Until this year the Arizona minimum wage had increased every year since the initiative passed:  to $6.90 per hour on Jan. 1, 2008, and to $7.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2009. 

The Industrial Commission has updated the Arizona minimum wage poster with this new information for 2010, and the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division has updated the Discrimination in Employment poster to include genetic information as a new category for which discrimination is prohibited. 

If you need to update your Arizona labor law poster or you would like to order a 1-Year Compliance Protection Plan for worry-free compliance, go to the Poster Compliance Center website at www.postercompliance.com or call 1-800-322-3636.