Arizona Minimum Wage Rises to $12 Per Hour

Will you actually see that increase in your paycheck? Or are you going to find yourself with less hours, or worse, permanently laid off. That’s still a question without an answer, but time will tell. I have a feeling small business owners will do what they have to do to afford the new labor costs. That can only mean two things, cutting existing employees hours, or laying off the higher paid and replacing them them with cheaper workers, or both.
Those employees lucky enough to keep their hours at $12 bucks an hour are most likely going to be working with a smaller staff, so I think it’s safe to say they can expect to work harder for that raise. That sounds pretty harsh to assume, but I’ve been around long enough to see this scenario played out… more than once.  My opinion, hope I’m wrong.

Arizona is Getting a Raise: New Year Brings an Increase in the Minimum Wage | azcentral

The increase widens the gap between what the lowest-paid workers earn in Arizona compared to 21 states with the federal standard of $7.25 an hour
The minimum wage in Arizona will rise to $12 an hour in 2020, the fourth consecutive annual increase and one that will give the state the fifth-highest minimum wage in the United States… Continue Reading

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