Wage & Hour
Arizona Wage Law
Arizona law requires employers to pay employees wages in return for the employees labor or services. Relatively, wages are defined as nondisrectionary compensation due to an employee for which the employee has a reasonable expectation to be paid. Under Arizona law, “wages” include commissions, compensation paid by the hour or by the piece, and severance pay/sick pay/vacation pay if the company offers them. If you are terminated, you may be entitled to be paid for accrued and unused sick pay or vacation pay under certain circumstances.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The FLSA is the federal law governing wage requirements for most private sector workers as well as local, state and federal employees. Employers subject to the FLSA, must pay their employees specified minimum wages and overtime compensation. The wages and overtime pay are only for hours worked and for employees who are no exempted from the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.
The FLSA does not require employers to provide benefits such as vacation, holiday, severance, sick pay or other paid time off. The FLSA does not require employers to provide meals or breaks. The FLSA does not require employers to provide holiday pay.
The FLSA defines an employee as "any individual employed by an employer." If an illegal alien is considered an employee under the FLSA, the employer must pay minimum wage and overtime compensation to the illegal alien.
Employees who work in excess of of 40 hours a week and do not fall into one of the FLSA's exemptions, must receive compensation at a rate not less that none and one-half times the regular hourly rate at which the employee is paid. An employee's regular rate of pay is calculated on an hourly basis. Salaries, commissions are converted into an hourly figure. Just because an employee receives a salary, does not necessarily mean the employee is not entitled to overtime compensation.