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Involuntary Terminations: Arizona

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Paige A. Martin and Mary Grace McNear, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Arizona law requires that employers who employ independent contractors agree not to terminate the independent contractors unless certain conditions are satisfied. See Terminating Independent Contractors.
  • Arizona law also forbids shareholders of a corporation from terminating minority shareholders absent certain conditions. Failure to abide by the statute may expose the corporation to liability or other, more severe penalties. See Terminating Shareholders of a Corporation.
  • Arizona law protects both public and private employees from retaliation for blowing the whistle regarding unlawful practices in the workplace. See Whistleblower Protections.
  • Arizona does not have its own version of the WARN Act, meaning that Arizona employers are bound to abide by the provisions of the federal WARN Act if they are covered by the statute and the employment action they have planned triggers the statute's protections. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.