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"To generalize, Millennials seem less interested in leading traditionally structured work lives, ranging from the shape of their work days to the arc of their careers. Successful employers will attend to flexible employment relationships and creative work environments." Kent Brockelman

Jessica Pierce: The whole topic of drug usage, both legal and illegal is having a big impact on HR in Arizona. If Arizona passes legalized marijuana, the way to implement the law and respond to employees will be a difficult road to navigate. Then the drug epidemic in America is having an impact on HR. Employers need to have resources to assist affected employees, and they will need help navigating reduced employee productivity. Question: What is the biggest legal issue facing the human resources industry in Arizona? Adam Boyd: Proposition 206 – the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act –  a ballot initiative passed November 8, 2016, is the biggest legal issue facing the HR industry in Arizona. The Act entitles employees to accrue earned paid sick time beginning July 1, 2017. The Act also imposes new posting and recordkeeping requirements. Kent Brockelman: The biggest legal issue at the moment is Arizona’s law requiring almost all employers to provide their employees with paid sick time.  The effective date was July 1. Employers large and small are wrestling with a multitude of issues, including whether to adapt existing PTO policies to the requirements of the new law or create separate paid sick time banks. While well intended, the new law might have the unintended consequence of taking PTO or vacation time away from employees in favor of paid sick time the employees may not use. Eric Knott: Although there are a number of close seconds, the largest legal issue has to be healthcare. HR professionals must understand the changes taking place in healthcare regulation and 94

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work with their brokers for solutions catered to the organization’s workforce. Staying ahead of the changes is a significant strategic advantage for an organization, paying-off financially and in terms of employee engagement. April Miller: Marijuana and the Workplace. As the legal status of marijuana continually changes, employers face new compliance challenges. Accommodations and limitations of adverse actions for employees using medical marijuana are included in legislation in Arizona and  10 other states. Whether you work in these states, or any of the 23 states with legislation on marijuana, staying compliant will mean staying up to date on your state’s marijuana legislation. Jessica Pierce: The new law around Paid Sick Leave in Arizona that went into effect on July 1. There is a lack of guidance, and we will likely be dealing with this for the rest of the year. Question: How have Millennials changed the workforce and workplace? Adam Boyd: This is an important question because by 2020, Millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce. That number will grow to 75 percent by 2025. Millennials pose a challenge because they have different expectations for advancement, frequently leave jobs after two to four years, and prefer to work remotely. HR professionals should work to ensure that their company has provided a strong technology platform to keep millennials engaged. Kent Brockelman: To generalize, Millennials seem less interested in leading traditionally structured work lives, ranging from the shape of their work days to the arc of their careers. 

AzBusiness magazine July/August 2017  

Don’t miss reading about this year’s class of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. This issue spotlights the people and associati...