In a trend being echoed in several states across the nation, Arizona is set to raise its minimum wage at the start of the New Year.   The state will increase its minimum wage by 10 cents, from $7.80/hr. to $7.90/hr. on January 1, 2014.  The increase is a result of a 2006 statewide initiative (Prop 202) that passed and became effective January 13, 2008, and automatically sets annual wage increases indexed to the cost of living.

AnnaMarie Knorr

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Arizona and California) has revived a claim for immigration and travel expenses brought by H-2A harvest workers who claim that costs they incurred in procuring employment and travel to the United States dropped their pay below the minimum wage during their first week of employment in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Jason Resnick

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