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.
According to the Frequently Asked Questions section on its website, the Industrial Commission of Arizona, the Arizona Minimum Wage Act requires every covered employer to pay the wage. It further states, “The minimum wage shall be paid for all hours worked, regardless of the frequency of payment and regardless of whether the wage is paid on an hourly, salaried, commissioned, piece rate, or any other basis.” The Act does not make any distinction between whether an employee is considered full-time, part-time, or temporary worker.
Arizona is one of a multitude of states that are increasing their minimum wage rates. Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation drastically increasing the California state rate by $1.00 from $8.00/hr. to $9.00/hr. beginning on July 1, 2014. The increase will be followed by a second $1.00/hr. increase on January 1, 2016. Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island will all increase their minimum wages at the start of the New Year while at least four others are weighing wage hikes in 2014.
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