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Can an Employer Terminate You While on Workers’ Compensation?

Employees who are injured on the job turn to workers’ compensation to pay for their medical expenses and partial lost wages while they are recovering. However, many workers worry about their employer firing them while they are collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, Arizona law does not protect injured employees from being terminated…

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When Do I have a Case for Wrongful Termination?

Unexpectedly losing your job can come as a distressing surprise and may cause serious financial difficulties in your life. Although most employees are subject to termination at the will of their employer, there are some exceptions that may enable you to file a claim for wrongful termination. If your employer has violated your rights as an employee,…

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What You Need to Know About Arizona’s Wage Theft Laws

Wage theft occurs when an employer fails to pay a worker for the time he or she has worked. In Arizona, employers are required to follow state and federal laws governing how much employees are paid and when they are to be paid. If your employer has failed to properly pay you the wages you are owed, you may be entitled to take legal action and recover…

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What You Need to Know About Arizona’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

On July 1, a provision of Proposition 206 will go into effect that requires employers in Arizona to provide their employees with mandatory earned paid sick leave. As Proposition 206, or the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, takes effect, the concept of mandatory earned paid sick leave may be new to many employees in Arizona. Our trusted Phoenix…

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Unpaid Breaks vs. Paid Breaks for Employees

Most workers in Arizona are accustomed to having breaks throughout the workday. While employees may view breaks as a right they are entitled to, employers are not required to provide time off during the workday. However, if an employer chooses to provide workers with breaks throughout the day, those breaks are regulated by state and federal laws that…

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Commonly Asked Questions about Arizona's New Minimum Wage

Arizona 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…

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The Rights of Tipped Employees

Many Arizona workers who receive more than $30 in tips per month are considered tipped employees, which may include waiting staff, bartenders and cleaning staff. The rights of tipped employees are more complicated than those paid a straight hourly wage or salary. If you are employed in a profession that largely depends on tips as part of your wages,…

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Five Misconceptions about Overtime

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), specific employees who work more than 40 hours per week are entitled to overtime wages. While the law has been in place for almost 80 years, there is still some confusion regarding its protections. The following are five common misconceptions that persist: Comp time is an acceptable replacement…

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Uber Faces Many Lawsuits Over Classification of Drivers as Contractors

Ridesharing company Uber has been dealing with a barrage of lawsuits since it launched in 2009. The company is currently facing over 70 federal cases and numerous others in state courts.   Uber's largest legal battles are ongoing class action lawsuits from drivers alleging that they are misclassified as contractors instead of employees. Contractors…

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How Independent Contractors Can Protect Themselves if Injured

The downside to the growth of Uber and other on-demand services is that more workers are being labeled as independent contractors instead of employees. That means that many workers are not eligible for workers' compensation insurance to cover medical bills and lost income if they are hurt on the job. Workers' compensation benefits vary by state but…

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