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Minimum wage: what is the hourly minimum in Arizona

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At North County Tribune we tell you what the minimum hourly wage is in Arizona, one of the US states with the largest Latino population

Arizona is one of the US states with the largest Hispanic population in the country. According to information from the Data USA portal, at least 31.5% of the population of Arizona was Hispanic during the year 2020, and this trend does not seem to have diminished over the years. Good economy, spectacular desert landscapes such as the Grand Canyon and the human quality of its inhabitants have made this state one of the favorites of Latinos. If you have thought of Arizona as an attractive destination, you are probably interested in knowing what the minimum wage is in this entity.

The minimum hourly wage in Arizona is $12.80 per hour, according to the Arizona Industrial Commission. This is more than the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour.

However, beginning January 1, 2023, this will change, as Arizona’s minimum hourly wage will increase to $13.85 per hour.

The regulation that governs the minimum wage in Arizona is the General Law of Fair Wages and Healthy Families, which establishes that only a specific group of workers are exempt from earning the mandatory minimum wage, among which are:

  1. People who are employed by parents or siblings.
  2. People who work informally in the home of their employers providing child care services.
  3. Those employed by the State of Arizona or the United States Government.
  4. Anyone who is employed by a small business that generates less than $500,000 in annual revenue.

On the other hand, employees who receive tips on a regular basis in their jobs also have certain special clauses.

Employers of these types of workers can pay them up to $3.00 less per hour than the minimum wage (but employers must prove that such employees earned the minimum wage by adding tips to wages paid).

What should I do if I am not receiving the minimum hourly wage if I work in Arizona?
Any person who feels that their income has been undermined and can prove it can file a complaint with the Department of Labor of the Arizona Industrial Commission, in order to allege that their employer has violated the General Law of Fair Wages and Healthy Families. These violations could result in penalties for the employer, and may even lead to the filing of a civil lawsuit.

On the other hand, it should be noted that employers are prohibited from discriminating against their workers, or subjecting them to retaliation, for claiming their rights in accordance with the General Law of Fair Wages and Healthy Families or helping another person to know their rights in accordance with this regulation.

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