Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Arizona
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Paige A. Martin and Daniel Press, Kutak Rock LLP
- Under Arizona law, employees are generally considered at-will. See At-Will Employment Status.
- In certain circumstances, the employee handbook may modify the at-will employment relationship. See Employment Contracts and Modifying the At-Will Employment Relationship.
- An employee handbook may constitute an employment contract under certain circumstances. See Employment Contracts and Modifying the At-Will Employment Relationship.
- Arizona employers may use disclaimers to limit liability in an employee handbook. See Handbooks as Employee Contracts.
- Employers may have dress codes. See Dress Codes.
- Arizona employers may adopt rules for drug and alcohol testing. See Drug and Alcohol Use.
- Workplace marijuana use may be prohibited. See Drug and Alcohol Use; Marijuana.
- Arizona employers may allow employees to transport or store firearms in their personal vehicle under certain circumstances. See Weapons in the Workplace.
- The workplace must be safe and employers may take justifiable measures to protect employees such as obtaining restraining orders and injunctions to protect people and property from harm in the workplace. See Workplace Violence.
- Arizona law restricts the ability of some public employers to hire or appoint relatives to certain public positions. See Nepotism.
- Arizona law places several restrictions on a public employee's off-duty activities. See Political Activities.
- Most public employees are prohibited from engaging in a wide range of political activities. See Political Activities.
- Arizona law places few restrictions on private employers' right to restrict their employees' political activities. See Political Activities.
- Arizona is a right-to-work state. See Right-to-Work.
- Most Arizona employers are subject to the Smoke Free Arizona Act, which affects the rules that must be adopted for on-site employee smoking. See Smoking.
- Employers may designate the workplace smoke free. See Smoking.