Arizona Paychecks laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Paychecks: What you need to know

All employers are covered, including the state, counties, municipalities, school districts, and any other political subdivisions of the state (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-350).
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Wages include all amounts due for labor or services performed by an employee for which the employee has a reasonable expectation of payment. Wages may be fixed or determined by time, job, piecework, commission, or any other method. Wages include sick pay, vacation pay, severance pay, commissions, bonuses, and other amounts promised under an employer's policy or practice of making such payments (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-350).
Employers must pay wages at least twice a month. Paydays may not be more than 16 days apart or more than 5 days after the end of the pay period in which the wages were earned. Companies whose payroll system is centralized outside Arizona may set paydays 10 days after the end of the pay period (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-351). Administrative, executive, and professional employees, outside salespeople, and supervisory employees who work for companies whose payroll system is centralized outside Arizona may be paid monthly. Overtime pay must be paid no later than 16 days after the end of the most recent pay period.
School employees. School employees may choose whether to have their annual salaries prorated or paid in the weeks they actually work. They may choose to have any payments due at the end of the year paid in a lump sum or paid within a period of 2 months after the close of the fiscal year (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-351).
An employer may choose one of the following methods to pay wages to employees:
• Cash
• Checks
• With the written consent of the employee, direct ...

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