Category Archives: Employment Law

Federal Court Overturns Department of Labor’s FLSA Exemption Rule

A Texas Federal Court overturned the Department of Labor's rule which would have increase the minimum annual salary necessary to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemption. The rule increased the qualifying salary from $23,660 to $47,476. The Court held that the proposed increase was improper because the FLSA specifically defines the duties which qualify for an exemption, and the size of the increase improperly made the salary amount the sole defining factor in identifying exemptions. Durazzo, Eckel & Hawkins represents businesses of all sizes in employment matters and business law matters....
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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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