Arizona: July 1 Deadline Looms—Important Clarification on Prop 206 Waiting Period

For our members with Arizona employees, the July 1 deadline draws ever closer for Arizona Paid Sick Leave. If you have not yet reached out to your MSEC representative, now is the time.

For those members who have already drafted or updated their policy or are in the process of updating their policy, we wish to issue a point of clarification. Under the law, an employee must begin accruing or be granted paid sick time on July 1, 2017. The law permits employers to require employees hired after July 1, 2017, to wait 90 days prior to using their earned paid sick time. For employees who are employed on or before July 1, the waiting period does not apply to them. That means if an employee was hired within 90 days prior to July 1, 2017, the employer cannot require the employee to wait until after 90 days of employment has passed to use their earned paid sick time.

The sample policy in MSEC’s Paid Sick Leave FYI and from which many of your policies have been drafted has been updated and clarified. Please review your policies to verify your compliance. If you have any questions or would like your MSEC representative to review that provision in your policy, please contact us immediately.

The following sample language regarding the 90-day waiting period now reads:

Employees hired after July 1, 2017 are eligible to begin using their [Choose one as applicable: accrued/granted] sick leave after 90 days of employment. On the 91st day, paid sick leave may be used as it is accrued/granted. Employees hired on or before July 1, 2017, are immediately eligible to use paid sick leave as it is accrued/granted].

For more information, consult our FYI, which includes sample language.