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December 2016 Archives

State will rehire some, leave others terminated

Arizona has been the venue for multiple controversies that garnered national attention this year, and one the most galvanizing has been the ongoing plight of many state employees who were fired at alarming rate in the last few years. We commented on the developments several weeks ago, and the story has continued to twist and turn.

Is it legal for my employer to cut my pay?

One of the most frustrating experiences in the business world can be when a company reduces an employee's pay or benefits without reducing his or her responsibilities. While this may seem unfair, it is still legal in many cases. For workers who do not have the extra protections offered by an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement, a reduction in pay is a frustrating reality of the business world.

Proposition 206 and its effects on Arizona workers

On December 8 of this year, 1,465,639 Arizona voters voted yes and the state of Arizona passed Proposition 206. Also known as the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, the proposition seeks to increase the minimum wage for all employees and to secure the right to paid time off needed due to sickness.

Many Arizona workers will soon receive an increase in pay

On December 8 of this year, 1,465,639 Arizona voters voted yes and the state of Arizona passed Proposition 206. Also known as the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, the proposition seeks to increase the minimum wage for all employees and to secure the right to paid time off needed due to sickness.

Anti-discrimination laws apply in hiring

It's common for a large company to have bylaws and processes to follow throughout their organization. Bureaucracy keeps a uniform approach across multiple offices and time zones and keeps the brand universal when different people are running the show. Sometimes those rules are a little too rigid, though, and they suppress individual rights.

Terminating an employee comes with significant risks

No matter how you came to be a person of power an responsibility in your company, the risks are the same for every boss who has the ability to have an employee terminated. Whether you grew the company out of your garage or were brought in to an already robust operation, the work environment is a complicated one, and only getting more so.

Don't face the Medical Board alone

As a medical professional, you are aware of the constant threat to your career and the careers of your peers brought about by the Arizona Medical Board. It's understandable, really — when a patient has a frustrating experience, there will be a portion of them are determined to find someone to blame, someone that they can make to pay for their heartbreak. Far too often, the very medical professionals who work day in and day out to provide varied, complex health care for a diverse public are the ones caught in the crosshairs of that desire to make someone pay.

Federal Judge Rules Against Making Millions More Salaried Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

Eligibility for overtime pay was expected to extend to about 4.2 million more workers on Dec. 1, but all of that has changed now that a federal judge has halted implementation of the rule change.

New laws expand employee rights

The Nov. 8 election brought about many sea changes throughout the country and here in Arizona, from the election of Donald Trump, the passage of many marijuana legalization measures (though not Arizona's), or the defeat of longtime Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. These changed will impact our city and our region for many years, as (hopefully) will the passage of lesser-publicized Proposition 206, which will raise the minimum by 2020 and provide some new protections for employees.