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Employment Laws in Arizona

Filed under Hiring Workers. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Arizona must conform to these state rules relating to the employment relationship.

An employee is an individual employed by an employer but generally does not include a public official of the state, or a person chosen by the officer to be on the officer's personal staff.

An employer is a person who has 15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year and any agent of an employer but not the United States, any department or agency of the United States, corporation of the United States or an Indian tribe; or a bona fide private membership club (other than a labor organization) that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c) of the IRS code.

If a person is alleged to have committed any acts of sexual harassment, an employer, for purposes of administrative and civil actions regarding such allegations of sexual harassment, is a person who has one or more employees in the current or preceding calendar year.

Not covered are religious corporations, associations, educational institutions or societies that employ individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with such corporation, association, educational institution or society activities.

Prohibited Employment Discrimination

Discrimination in employment is prohibited because of an individual's:

  • race
  • color
  • religion
  • sex
  • age (age discrimination prohibitions apply to individual who are at least 40)
  • handicap
  • national origin
  • disability
  • genetic testing results

Recordkeeping Requirements

Employers covered by the state discrimination in employment prohibitions must make and keep records relevant to the determination of whether unlawful employment practices have been or are being committed, and they must make reports as prescribed by the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office. Compliance with the reporting and recordkeeping regulations issued by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is considered to be compliance with Arizona's recordkeeping requirements.

If an employer believes that any of the recordkeeping requirements would result in undue hardship, the employer may apply to the division for an exemption.

Posting Requirements

Employers must post and keep posted a notice prepared or approved by the Civil Rights Division. The notice must be displayed in conspicuous places on the employer's premises where notices to employees, applicants for employment and members are customarily posted.

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