Sick TimeIn November, voters delivered a double whammy to employers with the passage of Prop 206. As a result, the Arizona minimum wage increased to $10 per hour (and will increase to $12 over time). But the bigger impact lurks just around the corner.

Effective July 1, all private sector employees begin accruing paid sick leave at the rate of one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked. Prop 206 requires employers both to grant paid sick leave and to allow employees ready access to their accrued leave. It also forbids retaliating against employees who avail themselves of leave.

The law caps the paid sick leave at 40 hours per year for people working for companies with more than 15 employees and 24 hours per year for smaller companies. Unused leave may be rolled over from one year to another.

The law is complicated and confusing. It will impact your current leave policies. You need to understand the law so that you can protect your company.

Emma Chalverus and I would be happy to speak with you about how the new law affects your business. Don’t delay. The law goes in effect on July 1.

Does your leave policy pass Prop 206 muster? Call Melanie Shaha at 480-344-0965 to schedule an appointment with Scott F. Gibson or Emma Jo Chalverus.