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Arizona Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Arizona law that requires private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an employee benefit. However, it is important to note that if an employer promises to provide sick leave, that employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Some courts have ruled that policies published in employee handbooks constitute implied contracts that are binding and enforceable. Thus, employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or other written materials to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed, and employees should be notified of the changes.
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Full-time state employees accrue sick leave at a rate of 3.70 hours biweekly. Temporary employees do not accrue sick leave. Part-time employees accrue a proportional amount of sick leave.
Sick leave may be taken for illness or injury that renders the employee unable to perform the duties of the employee’s position; disability of the employee that is caused by pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion; examination or treatment of the employee by a licensed healthcare practitioner; and illness, injury, disability caused by pregnancy or childbirth, or examination or treatment by a licensed healthcare practitioner of an employee’s spouse, dependent child, or parent. Sick leave may not be granted in excess of 40 hours per calendar year (AZ Admin. Code Sec. R2-5A-B603).
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), covered employees may have the right to substitute sick days for any part of a leave taken because of their own serious health condition or to care for a spouse, child, ...

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