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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Minimum Wage
Under A.R.S.23-364(A), which became effective January 1, 2007, the Industrial Commission of Arizona was given the authority to enforce and implement the Arizona minimum wage. The following questions and answers flow from the language of the minimum wage initiative (2006 Proposition 202) and the final administrative rules under Title 20, Chapter 5, Article 12 which became effective on January 13, 2008.

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  1. What is Arizona’s minimum wage?
  2. When will the minimum wage be increased?
  3. Do the requirements of the Arizona Minimum Wage Act apply to all employers?
  4. Are there any exemptions under the Arizona Minimum Wage Act?
  5. Does the Arizona minimum wage apply to part-time or temporary employees?
  6. Does the Arizona minimum wage apply to an independent contractor?
  7. Does the Arizona minimum wage apply to volunteers?
  8. Is the Arizona minimum wage the same for both adult and minor employees?
  9. Does an employer have to pay for all hours worked?
  10. What is the Arizona minimum wage for employees who receive tips?
  11. Who is a “tipped” employee?
  12. May employees pool, share, or split tips?
  13. May employees pool, share or split tips with employees who do not customarily and regularly receive tips in the occupation in which they work, such as management or food preparers?
  14. What hours may a “tip credit” be applied towards?
  15. Is compulsory charge for service a tip?
  16. What steps must an employer take to assert a “tip credit”?
  17. How does an employer establish that direct wages combined with tips equals or exceeds the Arizona minimum wage?
  18. What if tips are not sufficient to make up the difference between the employer’s direct wage obligation and the minimum wage?
  19. What if the employee earns more than the minimum wage after adding the tips received to the base hourly wage?
  20. May an employer take a credit against the minimum wage for tools or uniforms?
  21. What can an employee do if an employer is not paying an amount at least equal to the minimum wage?
  22. Who can file an administrative complaint and when must it be filed?
  23. Who can file a lawsuit and when must it be filed?
  24. Can an employer retaliate against an employee for asking questions about not being paid the minimum wage or for asserting any right under the Arizona Minimum Wage Act?
  25. What can an employee do if an employer retaliates against the employee for asserting a right under the Arizona Minimum Wage Act?
  26. What remedies are available to an employee for violations of the Arizona Minimum Wage?
  27. Will the State Labor Department keep an employer’s payroll records confidential?
  28. Can an employee’s identity be kept confidential after an administrative complaint?
  29. What other responsibilities do employers have?
  30. What kind of records are required?
  31. How long am I required to keep the records?
  32. What happens if an employer violates the recordkeeping, posting, or other requirements under the Arizona Minimum Wage?
  33. How can Arizona’s minimum wage be higher than the federal minimum wage?
  34. Which minimum wage law applies?
  35. What is the wage rate that forms the basis for calculation of overtime?
  36. May an employee agree to work for less than the minimum wage?
Last Revised 12/31/2015

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