Effective July 1, 2017, most Arizona employers must allow employees to accrue and use paid sick leave. Paid sick leave may be used in a number of situations, including for the employee’s mental or physical illness, the employee’s need to care for a family member’s mental or physical illness, when a public health emergency arises, and when an employee must address issues related to domestic violence.
Municipal workers and school districts are covered by the paid sick leave requirements applicable to private employers, discussed above. However, state employees have separate requirements.
Eligible state employees are entitled to an approved period of paid absence due to:
1. Illness or injury that renders the employee unable to perform the duties of the employee’s position;
2. Disability of the employee that is caused by pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion;
3. Examination or treatment of the employee by a licensed healthcare practitioner; or
4. 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.
Leave granted for the purposes listed above may not exceed 40 hours per calendar year (AZ Admin. Code Sec. R2-5A-B603).