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August 22, 2017

Well, not really – but almost!


Yesterday, the Phoenix office had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a solar eclipse. While we weren’t on the path of totality, we DID have a 63% eclipse which was still very fun to see.

(Our attempt at taking a photo through the glasses - not great, but not bad either!)

Some of us were nerdy (or cool? - we prefer cool) enough to have purchased the protective glasses needed to view the eclipse, while others even made pinhole projectors. With our necessary implements, we made our way outside to view the eclipse’s peak together.

  

(Pamela Davis, Audit Admin Manager, showing off her science skills for the eclipse.)

We were happy to see that it wasn’t just us outside, but dozens of people from other offices, and they came just as prepared as we did! It was truly special to share this unique experience with colleagues and strangers alike.

Leave it to a celestial event to bring us all together! 

  

(Melissa McGee, HR Admin Assistant, was obviously impressed.)

(Left to Right: Amy O'Loughlin, Senior Tax Manager, and Zandra O'Keefe, Tax Managing Director, taking turns with the glasses)




August 8, 2017

DID YOU KNOW that as of July 1, 2017, AZ employers are required to provide paid sick leave? 

To help you better understand this new law, check out the FAQs below!


Q: Is sick leave required for all Arizona employees?

A: YES. ALL companies in Arizona with more than one employee must offer sick leave to its employees, including part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers.


Q: Which employers are subject to the law?

A: All employers in Arizona. If you act directly or indirectly in the interest of an employee, it applies to you.


Q: How should sick leave be accrued?

A:  Employees begin accruing one (1) hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Accrual will begin as of July 1, 2017 or date of hire, whichever is first.


Q: How much sick leave can be accrued in a year.

A: It depends on the size of the company. 

- Companies with <15 employees: Accrue and use up to 40 hours of sick leave/year

- Companies with >15 employees: Accrue and use up to 24 hours of sick leave/year

- Note: Unused sick leave can be carried over to the next year, subject to limitations.


Q: Are there notice requirements for employees and employers?

A: Yes.

- Employees: should follow the employer's written policy while requesting sick leave.

- Employers: must provide written notice to employees as to their rights and responsibilities on the date of hire, or  July 1, 2017, whichever is later.


 

For more information, visit the Arizona Industrial Commission's FAQ sheet here.




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