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Arizona Employment Law Attorneys

What Does an Employment Law Attorney Do?

Employment law attorneys represent both employers and employees in workplace disputes as well as in an effort to avoid them by aiding employers in complying with employment laws. Some common matters that employment law attorneys provide representation or legal guidance for, include:

  • Mistreatment by employer: harassment, misclassification, unpaid overtime
  • Wrongful termination: discrimination, medical condition, performing legal rights, public policy issues, violation of contractual rights
  • Terminating unsatisfactory employees
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Discussion of wages/benefits
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee policies and handbooks

When employees are taken advantage of or mistreated in the workplace, a qualified employment law attorney can make them aware of their rights and protect them by advocating for them. In contrast, employment law attorneys can also help by protecting employers from litigation or liability related to employee claims.

What is the Difference Between Labor and Employment Law?

Labor law regulates and protects the relationships and responsibilities between businesses and unions. Whereas, employment law manages employer and employee relationships.

Common labor issues include union contract matters, labor strikes, collective bargaining rights, and disputes regarding if and when a union can be organized. The National Labor Relations Board, an administrative body instituted by the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, regulates labor issues.

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and employees. Common problematic situations addressed by employment laws include wages and hours, such as minimum wage and overtime compensation. Employment laws also cover mandatory and voluntary leave (maternity, family, disability, etc.), harassment, discrimination, workplace hazards, and more.

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Thank you, for your dedication and patience while assisting us with our dispute. You have provided us peace of mind, knowing that we have a knowledgeable attorney on our side.

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Arizona and Federal Employment Laws

State and federal laws are in place to protect an employee’s workplace rights, including:

Work At-Will Law

Arizona is a work at-will state. This means that employees can quit or be terminated at any time, with or without cause. Nonetheless, instances of wrongful termination can still occur, for example if the basis of the termination is due to a medical condition or for discriminatory reasons. After being fired or laid off, employees may qualify for unemployment benefits, but will be required to search for work at the same time. Under the federal law Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), employees may also be able to continue their health insurance coverage even after employment has ended, but at the cost of the full premium.

Wage and Hour Laws

  • Minimum Wage: Arizona law and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have wage and hour laws in place that employers must follow, including minimum wage, overtime compensation, and other wage protections. Federal, state, and local laws may designate different minimum wage rates, and employers must pay whichever is highest. For example, Arizona has a set minimum wage of $11.00, which is higher than the federal of $7.25, so employers in Arizona must pay the state’s minimum wage rate.
  • Tipped Employees: Employers may include tips, if employees can earn them, as part of minimum wage compensation. This means that an employer can pay as little as $7.50 per hour, as long as the tips that are earned bring the total hourly pay rate up to at least the state minimum wage of $11.00.
  • Overtime: The FLSA and Arizona law state that employees will earn a pay rate of time and a half when they work more than 40 hours in a work week. However, there are employees who are exempt from earning overtime wages, for example a salaried manager.
  • Discrimination and Harassment Laws: Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 in addition to other federal laws, prohibit employers from making job decisions based on age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, medical conditions (including pregnancy), or national origin.

Laws are also in place to protect employees from retaliation when complaints are made about workplace harassment or discrimination.

Discrimination and Harassment Laws

Although federal and Arizona state laws don’t require employers to offer paid time off (PTO) benefits or holidays, many companies still do. The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act mandates that full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees are granted paid sick leave, earning a minimum of one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked. Employers with fewer than 15 employees must provide at least 24 hours of paid sick leave each year. Businesses with 15 or more employees must provide a minimum of 40 hours yearly.

Employers may also be required to offer unpaid leave for the following reasons:

  • Military leave
  • Family and medical leave
  • Jury duty
  • Voting
  • Workplace Injuries and Safety

Contact the Zoldan Law Group

If you are an employer in need of assistance with employment decisions or an employee who feels as though their rights have been violated, call and speak to an employment law attorney with the Zoldan Law Group. Schedule a consultation today to hear your legal options.