by Michael Arbizo
Voters in Arizona have the power to change what businesses currently pay for minimum wages this November. Proposition 206 is one of the hot topics up for debate this election season. There are definitely pros and cons to every issue and this is one that proves to be creating a dividing line among Arizona voters.
Proposition 206 is a citizen-proposed initiative sponsored by the organization Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families. This proposition would increase minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to $10 per hour in January of 2017, and eventually to $12 per hour by the year 2020. That is a $1.95 raise in less than three months and then incremental increases over the next three years amounting to an additional $2.05 per hour.
The second part of Prop 206 would establish the right for employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked within limits based on employer size. It would also redefine the criteria under which paid sick time can be used in the workplace. For instance, instead of just using sick pay for times when an employee is sick, one can also use it for mental or physical illness, care of family members and public health emergencies.
Absences due to domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse or stalking would also be permitted under Proposition 206. This would prohibit various forms of retaliation employers currently use against employees for exercising any of these rights under the new law. Employers would also be required to provide various notices to employees about the law if passed by voters this November.
To obtain more information on Prop 206 and other measures visit http://apps.azsos.gov/election/2016/General/home.htm and click on Ballot Measures. The general election takes place on Nov. 8.