Mandatory Paid Sick Leave, Sneaky Part of Minimum Wage Initiative

September 21, 2016

Read the initiative.  Many do not know this, but part of the minimum wage initiative includes a mandatory sick leave requirement too.  Mandatory paid sick leave applies to full and part time employees.  And:

  • Unions are exempt;
  • State and federal government employers are exempt;
  • Sick leave travels with the employee even if they are transferred to another state;
  • Employees can take sick time to help anybody, not just themselves or relatives – seriously – anybody - anybody the employee deems has a relationship with them;
  • Employees accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work;
  • For a full time employee, 40 hours is reached after 1200 hours; and,
  • Employers with 15 or more employees are required to give up to 40 hours of paid sick leave and those with less than 15 employees 24 hours is required.

Finally, if an employee accuses an employer of improperly enforcing the law, and the employee is incorrect in their allegation, the employee cannot be held responsible.

AZAGC encourages its members to take a very close look at this initiative and how it negatively affects employers.

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