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Q: Fired for restraining an out of control fellow worker I was assaulted by at work in front of management. Days after.

Management deleted hours work prior to terminations.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Nov 25, 2020

More facts are needed to analyze your situation. Arizona is an at will employment state, meaning you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all. The only protection you can usually get from a legal standpoint is if the termination is based on your race, religion, sex, etc.

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Q: My daughter works 37.5 hours a week (half day Saturday) and is hourly.

She was told that she had to take the company phone home with her and be "on call" until 9:30 each night (she works from 7:30-4:30 normally) in order to get a raise. Now they are adding Sundays as well saying that was discussed and it was not.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Oct 14, 2020

Hi, more information is needed here and I'm not sure exactly what your question is. That being said, an employer can require your daughter to be on call.

Whether the time she is on call is compensable is another question. On-call time is compensable (your daughter must be paid for it)...
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Q: My ex-employer won’t respond when I ask about returning work equipment - tablet, phone & laptop. Are they mine now?
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Oct 7, 2020

No, the equipment is not yours. It is the property of your employer. You should continue to contact your employer until you get a response regarding how the equipment should be returned.

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Q: I went on FMLA for corona now I dont have the position in my store the mgr is training someone. Else

The mngr sent me to another store for a week and now said she doesnt know if they can get hours im a full time assistant manager

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Oct 7, 2020

You are typically entitled to reinstatement to your position or to an equivalent position (with equivalent hours) upon return from an FMLA-qualifying leave that does not exceed the maximum 12-week allotment. This right to reinstatement exists even if your employer replaced you while you were on... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer advertise a work from home position and then keep them in office?

I was hired into a work from home position. HR emailed me stating the position was 2 weeks in office for training and

then I would be working from home. 3 months later and I am still in office. I got covid 19 abt 7 weeks into the job. I requested to work from home and was told no. Can a... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Sep 2, 2020

In general, your employer can change the requirements of your job at any time. However, in some circumstances, you could have recourse under the Americans with Disabilities Act if your request to work from home is for a medically-related reason. If you are currently unable to work in the office... Read more »

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Q: If I had a misdemeanor case dismissed, do I need to say that I was still convicted or pled guilty to a misdemeanor.

This is for answering disclosure questions on a employment background check for a becoming a loan originator.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 14, 2020

If the case was dismissed, you did not plead guilty and you were not convicted. Even if it was a delayed entry of guilt, if you completed the requirements and the Court dismissed the case without entering your plea, then you still did not plead guilty on the record and the Court did not convict... Read more »

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Q: I'm being forced into unsafe working conditions, what can I do?

I am a teacher at a school in Arizona currently a hotspot for the covid 19 pandemic. My employer is planning to reopen irrespective of benchmarks laid out by the Arizona Health department, putting me, my fellow teachers and students at risk. They have threatened legal action if I decide not to show... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Aug 12, 2020

Additional information is needed to answer your question. Do you have a medical condition that places you at a higher risk for serious illness if exposed to COVID-19? If so, you could work with your doctor to request an accommodation in the form of teleworking to begin the school year. If your... Read more »

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Q: if i have a non compete with a former employer and that owner sells the company is the non compete still valid?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Aug 11, 2020

It might still be valid. This depends upon how the sale was structured and the agreements made with the buyer. I recommend that you discuss with an employment law attorney before you make any decisions.

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Q: I have accepted a job offer and I now want to rescind my acceptance, the job is at will, will I face legal repercussion
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jul 13, 2020

You could have legal consequences. It depends upon the facts of the situation and any document or agreement that you may have signed. I recommend speaking with an employment law attorney to learn your legal rights and options before making a decision.

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Q: year100% loyal every payday,week late.job searching he found out got workchatsaved times on phone.checkshold

every employee on job group chAt. when to come in, every where my checks from every employee there , numerous numerous times.every im losing my place,bills ,food texts from over 20 employee..i lost my apartment,and everything else after also texts for help .. personal damages are in play.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 29, 2020

I'm sorry your post remains open for four weeks. There are a number of categories here and it isn't clear if things in the various categories are related to one another. The most central one appears to be employment-related. At this point, you could contact an employment attorney to see... Read more »

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Q: Can someone get hired over me if they have no experience in that position at all and I have the most

Also job was not offered to anyone at all it was given to person with no experience

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 27, 2020

An employer does not necessarily need to hire the individual with most experience. However, an employer cannot make a hiring decision based on an unlawful motivation. If you can demonstrate that you were not selected for the position on the basis of your membership in a protected class (i.e.,... Read more »

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Q: My employer wants me to return to work asap during covid. I signed a paper stating that they want us to return 4/30/2020

I am currently home schooling my children and still feel unsafe returning to work. Do i have the right to tell them I will return on the date provided on the paperwork i signed.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 22, 2020

This will depend on the size of your employer and what services it provides. If your employer has more than 50 but fewer than 500 employees and you are not employed in a healthcare or emergency responder role, then you may be eligible for additional partially-paid leave to care for your children... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: if i work for one client at a time and i stake construction without survey license, im within ARS 32-101?


Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 27, 2020

You are not competent to read the law and determine what it means and whether you can do what you are trying to do. While I have not read the law either I can tell you that if ANY Florida law requires any sort of "certification" before anyone can do whatever the law covers, you cannot... Read more »

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Q: If I fired an employee for cause and put not rehireable in the file. Does AZ have a law to protect that decision
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Mar 25, 2020

Arizona is an at-will state meaning, generally, you can terminate an employee for any reason, as long as it is not an unlawful reason. There aren't laws in place to protect you as an employer, only to protect the employee. The protections extended to employees generally involve terminations... Read more »

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Q: I asked the owner where I work for a raise he said I will never get a raise because I'm a dishwasher is this discriminat
Stewart Salwin
Stewart Salwin answered on Mar 13, 2020

An employer can set the wages for an employee at any point that they like provided two things are true:

1) The wage is at least the minimum wage set by law. In Arizona in 2020 this is $12 an hour.

2) The employer is not giving you a lower wage because you belong to a protected...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Q: Workers Comp and returning to work. Im still in pain

Ben off 5 months with comp, My Dr says sedentary work restrictions in Jan. Ins company wanted 2nd opinion that Dr said the same thing sedentary duty. 2 weeks later IME Dr thew me under the bus and said I have 0% on report for all areas of any kind. Boss says get to work by Monday morn. Id... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Mar 7, 2020

The answer is not a simple yes or no and it depends first on what your injury is, what your regular job is, where you were working when you were injured, who has been your treating doctor, who you believe was a "second opinion" doctor, and who the IME was. It is very rare in AZ to have an... Read more »

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Q: Hello. I am a teacher at a charter school. I think I am suffering hostile work harassment. Please advise me

A new female assistant principal started to work at my charter school. She suddenly and abruptly comes to my class, or will raise her voice at .e in front of my class. Last week she observed my class in order to grade me. This in turn, is used to see if my employment contract gets renewed the... Read more »

Stewart Salwin
Stewart Salwin answered on Mar 5, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Arizona and Federal employment discrimination laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of certain protected classes, such as age, sex, race, and national origin. If an employer discriminates against you because of your membership in one of these... Read more »

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Q: I need advice on how to proceed about a severance offered after being fired
Stewart Salwin
Stewart Salwin answered on Feb 22, 2020

Although severance pay is not required by law in Arizona, employers will sometimes offer a severance package when they are terminating an employee. Employers can offer a severance package out of the goodness of their hearts to soften the blow of an involuntary termination, but the main legal... Read more »

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Q: Im on sedentary work and my WC stopped. If Im stuck like this what happens? Full abdominal reconstruction. IME next.

I never received change of status other than the original claim acceptance. I have started to work at non profit for 2 weeks and have not been paid. Ive seen a second Dr by Comp Ins request last week and Scheduled for an IME in another week. Its going on six months since surgery. Surgeon said... Read more »

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Feb 18, 2020

Good morning, your question came in late last night. I am confused about your case history, the part about having seen as second insurance doctor last week and scheduled for another insurance examination next week. I can review the claim with you, at no cost, so you have a better understanding what... Read more »

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Q: My surgeon released me light duty, must I take back 2work program non profit or can I find my own job?

I still dont feel better.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on Feb 2, 2020

Hello, thanks for your inquiry. That's a good question - I would advise against looking for different work than what you are being offered. The nonprofit place is more likely to accept your limitations from the doctor who put you out on light duty and if not you have a direct contact to your... Read more »

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