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Election 2016: Voters approve state ballot initiatives

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Voters in various states confronted a total of 126 ballot initiatives this year, some of which will affect your business operations. Here’s the rundown.

Minimum wages

The following states are raising their minimum wages:

  • Arizona: Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage increases to $10 an hour, up from $8.05. The minimum wage will increase to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2018, $11 on Jan. 1, 2019, and to $12 on Jan. 1, 2020. Inflation adjustments will resume in 2021. (Prop. 206)
  • Colorado: Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage increases to $9.30 an hour, from $8.31. The minimum wage will increase to $10.20 on Jan. 1, 2018, to $11.10 on Jan. 1, 2019, and to $12 on Jan. 1, 2020. (Amendment 70)
  • Maine: Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage increases to $9 an hour, up from $7.50. The minimum wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1, 2018, $11 on Jan. 1, 2019, and to $12 on Jan. 1, 2020. Thereafter, the minimum wage will be indexed for inflation. (Question 4)
  • Washington: Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour, from $9.47 an hour. The minimum wage will increase to $11.50 on Jan. 1, 2018, $12 on Jan. 1, 2019, and to $13.50 on Jan. 1, 2020. Inflation adjustments will begin again in 2021. (Initiative 1433)

Paid sick leave

Ballot initiatives approved in Arizona and Washington require employers to implement paid sick leave programs.

  • Under Arizona’s initiative, which becomes effective next July 1, employers with at least 15 employees must allow employees to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours they work, with a cap of 40 hours per year. Employers with fewer than 15 employees must allow employees to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours they work, with accruals capped at 24 hours a year. (Prop. 206)
  • Under Washington’s initiative, which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2018, all employers must allow employees to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours they work. Alternatively, employers may front load leave at the beginning of a year. (Initiative 1433)

Marijuana

Ballot initiatives in the following states dealt with legalizing marijuana, either for recreational or medical use.

  • Arkansas: Marijuana is approved for medical use only. (Issue 6)
  • California: Marijuana is approved for recreational use; it’s already approved for medical use. (Prop. 64)
  • Florida: Marijuana is approved for specific illnesses only. (Amendment 2)
  • Massachusetts Marijuana is approved for recreational use; it’s already approved for medical use. (Question 4)
  • Nevada: Marijuana is approved for recreational use; it’s already approved for medical use. (Question 2)
  • North Dakota: Marijuana is approved for specific illnesses only. (Measure 5)

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