Workers in minimum-wage jobs such as restaurants and retail have begun accruing paid sick time based on the company’s size effective July 1, part of Proposition 206 that raised Arizona’s minimum wage to $10 an hour this year.
Research shows that many employees have no idea about the law, and also looks at whether people care more about sick leave or other benefits such as maternity and paternity leave.
A survey by time-tracking software firm TSheets found that 43 percent of 316 respondents were not aware that Arizona employers would be required to offer their employees paid sick leave starting in July.
Taylor Henderson, a 17-year-old hostess and busser at Chophouse in Kingman, is among the 43 percent. She works 10-15 hours a week at the steak restaurant.
“That sounds good,” Henderson said when told about the new law. “I think it would be nice, but I don’t think I’ll need paid time off because I have school and I don’t have that many hours to work.”
Another 17-year-old girl working at Golden Corral restaurant said she’d never heard of the law, and had no idea of whether it’s good or bad.
“We wanted to find out how much people knew about the changes to Arizona’s sick leave regulations and whether they support the move,” said Simon Worsfold, analyst for TSheets.
“The minimum wage increase has dominated the coverage in recent weeks, but for many businesses, Proposition 206 (paid sick leave) is just as significant. For one, it’s harder to plan for than a wage change and this is why it’s so important for people to know about it.”
Mandated sick leave
Prop. 206 mandates that employers pay for accrued sick time effective July…
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