A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied the plaintiffs’ request to enjoin implementation of the Arizona Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. That Act will increase the minimum wage to $10 on January 1, 2017 and will require most Arizona employers to provide paid sick leave beginning July 1, 2017. It became law when nearly 60% of Arizona voters approved Proposition 206 in the November election.
The plaintiffs, a host of business organizations, had alleged that the Law violated various state constitution provisions. My post about the filing of lawsuit being is here. The court concluded that the plaintiffs had not overcome the presumption that a legislative enactment is constitutional. The court also cited the state’s public policy favoring “appropriate minimum conditions of employment” and strongly favoring “direct citizen
participation in the legislative process.”
While the court denied the injunction request, the case has not been dismissed. A copy of the court’s decision is here.