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Arizona Revised Statutes Title 23. Labor § 23-361.02. Paycheck deductions;  authorization;  civil penalty;  definition

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A. For deductions after October 1, 2011, a public or private employer in this state shall not deduct any payment from an employee's paycheck for political purposes unless the employee annually provides written or electronic authorization to the employer for the deduction.

B. If a deduction is made from an employee's paycheck for multiple purposes after October 1, 2011, the employer shall obtain a statement from each entity to which the deductions are paid that indicates the payment is not used for political purposes or a statement that indicates the maximum percentage of the payment that is used for political purposes.  The employer shall not deduct any payment beyond that specified for nonpolitical purposes without the annual written or electronic permission of the employee.

C. The attorney general shall adopt rules that describe the acceptable forms of employee authorization and entity statements under this section.

D. If an employer knowingly deducts payments in violation of subsection A of this section or an entity provides an inaccurate statement under this section, the respective employer or entity is subject to a civil penalty of at least ten thousand dollars for each violation.  The attorney general shall impose and collect the civil penalties under this subsection and shall deposit, pursuant to §§ 35-146 and 35-147, all civil penalties collected pursuant to this section in the state general fund.

E. This section does not apply to any of the following:

1. A single deduction for nonpolitical purposes.

2. Deductions for savings or charitable contributions.

3. Deductions for employee health care, retiree or welfare benefits.

4. Deductions for state, local or federal taxes.

5. Deductions for contributions to a separate segregated fund pursuant to 2 United States Code § 441b(b) or § 16-916.

6. Any deduction otherwise required by law.

F. If an employee has authorized a deduction from the employee's paycheck under this section and the employee resigns membership in the association or organization for which the deduction was authorized, the employee's authorization for the deduction is rescinded upon the employer's receipt from the employee of written notice of the resignation.  The employer shall have one pay period to process the rescission.

G. This section does not preempt any federal law.

H. For the purposes of this section, employee does not include any public safety employee, including a peace officer, firefighter, corrections officer, probation officer or surveillance officer, who is employed by this state or a political subdivision of this state.

I. For the purposes of this section, “political purposes” means supporting or opposing any candidate for public office, political party, referendum, initiative, political issue advocacy, political action committee or other similar group.

Cite this article: - Arizona Revised Statutes Title 23. Labor § 23-361.02. Paycheck deductions;  authorization;  civil penalty;  definition - last updated March 08, 2022 |

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