Commonly Asked Questions about Arizona's New Minimum Wage

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jan 18, 2017 in Employee Rights

minimum wage employeesArizona increased the state’s minimum wage from $8.05 to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017 after voters passed Proposition 206 during the November general election.

To address questions or concerns regarding Arizona’s new law, the state’s Industrial Commission compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the changes.

If you are not receiving minimum wage, you may have a minimum wage claim. Contact our Arizona employment law attorneys for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more.

What is Arizona’s minimum wage?

On Jan. 1, 2017, Arizona’s hourly minimum wage rose to $10.00 from $8.05, and will continue to increase in proceeding years.

In 2018, the minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour and will reach $11 by 2019. Once Arizona’s minimum wage reaches an hourly rate of $12, the wage will increase every following year, starting on Jan. 1, 2021, based on the state’s cost of living.

Employers must abide by this new legislation and pay the minimum hourly wages required by law to their employees.

Are any employers or employees exempt from the new minimum wage laws?

There are few exemptions from the new minimum wage law, which applies to every employee except:

  • Workers employed by their sibling or parent.
  • Workers employed by a small business that grossed less than $500,000 annually in revenue, if the business is not mandated to pay minimum wage under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. However, this exclusion is limited, and many small businesses are still subject to their state’s minimum wage.
  • Workers employed by the state or federal government.
  • Workers who perform casual services, such as babysitting within the employer’s home.

Does the minimum wage law apply to independent contractors or temporary employees?

Arizona’s minimum wage law only applies to wage payments to employees, and does not include independent contractors.

Is an employer required to pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked?

Minimum wage must be paid for all hours worked, regardless of the consistency of the payment or whether the wage is paid hourly, through commission or any other version of compensation.

Is the minimum wage the same for minors and adults?

Yes, the minimum wage will remain the same for all workers, regardless of the worker’s age.

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