Arizona Earned Paid Sick Leave Goes into Effect July 1, 2017

Arizona’s Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, also referred to as the Earned Paid Sick Leave Law, goes into effect July 1, 2017.   Following numerous other state and city laws, Arizona employees will begin accruing hours that can be used for personal and family sick leave.

Covered Workers

  • Employers with less than 15 employees need only provide 24 hours of accrued hours per year.*
  • Employers with more than 15 employees must offer at least 40 hours of accrued hours per year.*
  • Excluded workers include:  an individual who is employed by a parent or sibling, individuals who perform babysitting services in the employers home on a casual basis and individuals of the State of Arizona or US government.

*When determining the number of employees, it is irrespective of whether workers are full-time, part-time or temporary workers.  As long as for some part of one day in a 20 week period there were 15 or more workers on payroll, they are subject to providing at least 40 hours of accrued paid sick leave.

Accrual and Usage

Employees will begin to accrue a minimum of one hour of Earned paid Sick Time for every 30 hours worked beginning July 1, 2017.  Employees may use this accrued time for medical care (mental or physicial), domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse, and talking.  Time may be used for the employee or a member of their immediate family.

Posting Requirement

All businesses within Arizona must display the new Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act notice.  This notice is part of the all in one Arizona Labor Law Poster which meets all state and federal posting requirements for Arizona.


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