Arizona Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Arizona Hiring: What you need to know

The Arizona Civil Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, or genetic test results. The Act covers employers with 15 or more employees (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 41-1401et seq.). There is additional information.
Under the Arizona Crime Victims' Rights Act, employers of 50 or more employees may not refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate against an applicant who has exercised the right to take leave under the Act (AZ Rev Stat. Sec. 13-4439). Leave is generally permitted for a crime victim to attend a proceeding or to obtain or attempt to obtain a protective order or injunctive relief.
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Arizona law prohibits blacklisting among employers. Under the law, the term “blacklist” means any agreement or understanding between employers or their agents to prevent an individual from being hired (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 23-1361). There is additional information.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees in hiring, termination, or by imposing any term or condition of employment or otherwise penalizing a person based on either:
• The person's status as a registered medical marijuana patient/cardholder, or
• A registered qualifying patient's positive drug test for marijuana components or metabolites, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana on the premises of the place of employment or during the hours of employment.
The law provides an exception if compliance would cause an employer to lose a monetary or licensing benefit under federal law or regulations (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 36-2813).

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