About: Eric Hawkins

Eric Hawkins received his B.A. from the University of Arizona, and his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law. Eric has been with the firm since his admission to the bar in 2006, and became a partner in 2011. Eric practices primarily in the areas of Construction law, Employment law, and Business law. This work includes contract preparation and review, partnership agreements, construction collection claims, Registrar of Contractors matters and disputes both in and out of the courtroom. Over the past five years Eric has successfully litigated several cases involving business fraud, construction defects, and employment disputes. Eric has worked with the Alliance of Construction Trades in Tucson, and represents subcontractors and suppliers in the organization. Eric has written numerous articles on various issues including indemnification, construction contracts, insurance law and employment practices.

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Arizona Minimum Wage Increase and New Sick Leave Law (Notice Postings)

Proposition 206 passed in Arizona and that means A.R.S. § 23-363 and § 23-364 are in effect as of January 1, 2017.  These statutes increase the minimum wage and create a requirement that all employers provide a sick leave benefit for their employees. Minimum Wage The Arizona Minimum Wage is increased to $10 per hour as of January 1, 2017.  There will be annual increases as follows: January 1, 2018: $10.50 January 1, 2019: $11.00 January 1, 2020: $12.00 After 2020 there will be annual cost of living increases. Sick Leave Benefits Starting July 1, 2017, all Arizona employers must provide a sick...
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Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law

Our business and contractor clients have had numerous questions about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.  The primary concern for employers is how to handle employees who have a prescription for the use of marijuana, or claim to have a prescription.  Employers must be careful in addressing this issue, and unlike before the Act a positive drug test showing the presence of marijuana is not necessarily a basis for discipline. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act prohibits an employer from terminating an employee (a patient who has been prescribed medical marijuana) for use of medical marijuana...
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Warning from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors

Contractors and Subcontractors: The Arizona Registrar of Contractors has issued a warning regarding a bogus "Annual Compliance" mailer which has been sent out to some Arizona contractors.  The mailer appears to be from the Arizona Corporation Commission, but it is not.  If you receive any such form you should notify the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Registrar.  Below is the link to the ROC's notice on this issue.  If you need assistance with reporting requirements for the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Registrar of Contractors contact our attorneys at Durazzo, Eckel and Hawkins at...
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