Sometimes the easiest things to do are overlooked.  That is why it is important for employer to remember the legal pay and pay requirements for paying its employees.  A previous blog post titled “Minimum Wage” outlined how much money an employer must pay an employee.  This post will detail the when an employer must pay an employee. Arizona law requires that Arizona employers pay its employees at least two times a month, no greater than 16 days apart.   This law applies regardless of whether you are a salaried employee or if you receive hourly wages.  There are exceptions for businesses that have a principle place of business outside of Arizona; however, the exceptions are limited to higher level employees.

Upon discharge or termination Arizona law requires that the employee is paid within 7 days or by the next pay period, whichever is sooner.  If the employee quits then the employer must pay an employee no later than the next regular payday.  An employer may withhold wages that are in dispute or as allowed by State or Federal law.  It is also important to see if there is a contract between and employer and employee regarding how commissions will be split upon termination.

An employer who fails to timely pay an employee may be subject to treble damages pursuant to A.R.S. 23-355.

With this information it is easy to comply with Arizona Employment Law Pay/Pay Periods Requirements in Arizona regarding when to pay an employee.  If you have further questions or if you are an employee and feel you have not been paid timely, then please contact an employment law attorney at Udall Shumway, PLC.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Pay/Pay Periods Requirements in Arizona, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Employment Law Attorney Brad Gardner at  480.461.5323,  log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.