Arizona Sick Time Law—All You Need To Know

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Arizona Sick Time Law—Get Your Paid Sick Leave With DoNotPay

Sick leave should be a universal employee right, but it’s not. Federal law has no permanent act about paid sick leave, and only a handful of states have laws about it. Luckily, Arizona is one of them, following the Prop 206 paid sick leave addition to the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act.

In this article, we’ll show you how the Arizona sick time law works and also explain:

  1. What the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is
  2. Who qualifies for the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) benefits
  3. How to call in sick effortlessly by

What the Arizona Sick Time Law Says

In AZ, sick time law demands that the employer provides annual paid sick leave days to the employee and not force them to work if they get sick at the workplace.

According to the Arizona sick leave law, after 90 days of being in a company, the employee accrues one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work.

The law also lists specific reasons based on which you can ask for sick leave, and it defines how much time off you can get per year.

Check out the following table to see the details of the law:

Qualifying ReasonsAmount of Paid Sick Time per YearMethods for Calling In Sick
  • Preventive medical care
  • Physical or mental illness
  • Checkups with a health provider
  • Public health emergency
  • Absence due to violence or abuse
  • Taking care of a family member:
    • With an illness
    • In need of diagnosis
    • In need of preventive care
  • 40 hours in companies with 15 or more employees
  • 24 hours in companies with fewer than 15 employees
  • In person
  • Electronically
  • In writing
  • Via DoNotPay
  • Any other means the employer agrees with

If you don’t use up all of your sick leave time, you should check your company’s policy. The time either rolls over to the next year, or the company considers it forfeited. In rare cases, the employer decides to pay it out to employees.

How the FMLA Works

The FMLA is the only permanent rule about sick days on a federal level. It ensures you’ll receive 12 weeks off for sickness within a 12-month period, and the leave can in no way, shape, or form influence your job.

Note the following details:

  • It’s an unpaid leave
  • You have to work at least 12 months for a company before using this benefit
  • You have to accrue at least 1,250 work hours in those 12 months
  • The company must hire at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius

The EPSLA Rules During COVID-19

This act is a federal-level paid sick leave rule, but it is in force only during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the act, the employer must not force you to work if you contract the virus. They have to give you ten workdays off with salary if you:

  • Have to go into quarantine
  • Experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (or similar symptoms)
  • Have to care for a child in quarantine
  • Have to care for a child whose school is closed because of the pandemic

Request Your Arizona Paid Sick Leave Using DoNotPay

If you want to avoid the awkwardness of calling in sick or worrying about whether your request is good enough or not, you can use DoNotPay!

Our app will do everything instead of you—we’ll consult Arizona paid sick leave laws and draft an airtight sick leave request based on the information you provide.

All you need to do is , select the Request Sick Leave tool, and:

  1. Specify your state so we can show you what sick leave laws are in place (if any)
  2. Answer a few questions about the company
  3. Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to:
    1. Send the request to your employer directly
    2. Share it with you so you can email it on your own

If your employer still denies your request, you can sue them for wrongful treatment via our Small Claims Court product.

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