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Arizona Meal and Rest Period Law


Arizona has no comprehensive laws concerning meal and rest periods during the work day. However, Arizona does have certain laws concerning hours of work and rest between work days.

23-282. Underground mine employees and hoisting engineers; eight hour day; exceptions; violation; classification

A. Employment in mining activities in underground mines and underground workings is declared injurious to health and dangerous to life and limb of those employed therein.

B. The period of employment for all persons employed or engaged in mining activities in underground mines or underground workings or as hoisting engineers at underground mines shall not exceed eight hours within any twenty-four hour period and the eight hours shall include the time used in descending to and ascending from the point or place of work in an underground mine or underground workings place of work.

C. The period of employment prescribed in subsection B may be deviated from in the following instances:

1. In an emergency, where life or property is in imminent danger, the period of labor prescribed in subsection B may be prolonged during the continuance of the emergency.

2. The hours of employment may be changed from one part of the day to another at stated periods, the change not to occur more than once in any two weeks, and the employment may be for more than eight hours during the day in which the change is made.

3. If the employer has adopted a policy of longer periods of employment based on a collective bargaining agreement between the employer and one or more labor organizations representing one or more affected employees that expressly authorizes longer periods of employment, but in no event longer than twelve hours in any twenty-four hour period, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions for implementing periods of employment in excess of eight hours as set forth in the collective bargaining agreement. For purposes of this paragraph, "affected employees" means all or any group of employees of the employer, regardless of whether or not the employees are members of a labor organization, whose periods of employment are limited pursuant to subsection B of this section.

D. Any person violating any provision of this section, and any person who, as foreman, manager, superintendent, director, or officer of a corporation, or as employer or superior officer of any person, knowingly commands, persuades, or allows any person to violate any provision of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

E. Each day this section is violated constitutes a separate offense.

23-284. Laundry workers; exceptions; posting notice of hours of labor; arrangement of laundry rooms; violation; classification

A. No person shall be employed or permitted to work in the laundry department in a laundry establishment more than eight hours in any one day except when necessary to make repairs to prevent interruption of the ordinary running of the machinery or when a different apportionment of the hours of labor is made for the sole purpose of making a shorter day's work for one day of the week, or unless it appears that the employment is to make up for time lost on some previous day of the same week in consequence of a stoppage of the machinery upon which the person is employed or dependent for employment, and in no case shall the hours of labor exceed forty-eight hours in a week.

B. Every employer shall post in a conspicuous place in every room where persons are employed a printed notice stating the number of hours work required of them on each day of the week, and the employment of any person for a longer period in any day than that so stated is a violation of this section.

C. Every laundry room shall be constructed to provide at least six hundred cubic feet of air for each occupant and shall have not less than two windows arranged to admit a cross-current of external air.

D. A person violating any provision of this section is guilty of a petty offense.

23-286. Operators of motor carriers and private carriers of property; record required; enforcement

A. A motor carrier or a private carrier of property or any officer or agent of the carrier shall not require or permit any truck operator, bus operator, or helper to be on duty for a period longer than ten consecutive hours. When any operator or helper has been continuously on duty for ten hours he shall be relieved and shall not be permitted to return to duty until he has been off duty at least eight consecutive hours. No operator or helper who has been on duty ten hours in the aggregate in any twenty-four hour period shall be required or permitted to continue or return to duty without having had at least eight consecutive hours off duty.

B. Every motor carrier and private motor carrier of property shall keep a record on forms provided by the corporation commission showing the day and the hour when any operator or helper went on duty and the day and hour of his release, and the entries shall be signed by the operator or helper to whom they apply. If an operator or helper is on duty in a state other than this state, and then enters this state while still on duty, the entries shall show the total time on duty, both within and without this state. The record of hours of service shall be forwarded to the corporation commission at the end of every thirty day period.

C. The department of public safety may require any operator or helper when entering this state from any other state to sign a statement of the number of hours he has been on duty without at least eight consecutive hours off duty.

D. The records and statements provided for by this section shall be open to inspection by the department of public safety and the commission.

23-286.01. Agricultural operations

A. Section 23-286, subsection A does not apply to drivers transporting agricultural commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes if such transportation:

1. Is limited to an area within a one hundred air mile radius from the source of the commodities or the distribution point for the farm supplies.

2. Is conducted during the planting and harvesting seasons in this state.

3. Is from the field to cooling facilities to the first point of processing or packing.

B. A driver transporting agricultural commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes shall not drive for any period after having been on duty sixteen hours following eight consecutive hours off duty or for any period after having been on duty for one hundred twelve hours in any consecutive seven day period except that:

1. A driver transporting special situation farm products from the field to cooling facilities or a driver transporting livestock from pasture to pasture, during one period of not more than twenty-eight consecutive days or a combination of two periods totaling not more than twenty-eight days in a calendar year, may drive for not more than twelve hours during any sixteen hour workday.

2. The director of the department of public safety, for good cause, may temporarily waive the maximum on-duty time limits applicable to any seven day period if an emergency exists due to inclement weather, natural disaster or an adverse economic condition that threatens to disrupt the orderly movement of farm products during harvest for the duration of the emergency. For purposes of this subdivision, an emergency does not include a strike or labor dispute.

23-287. Requiring railroad employee to work longer than sixteen consecutive hours; classification

A company operating a railroad in whole or in part within the state which requires a conductor, engineer, fireman, brakeman, telegraph operator or any employee who has worked in his respective capacity for sixteen consecutive hours, except in case of casualty, or actual necessity, to go on duty again, or to perform any work until he has at least nine hours rest, or an officer or agent of such company who violates or permits to be violated any provision of this section, is guilty of a petty offense.

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12/06/2008 Arizona Meal and Rest Periods Law - 23-282. Underground Mine Employees and Hoiting Engineers; Eight Hour Day; Exceptions; Violation; Classification
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12/06/2008 Arizona Meal and Rest Periods Law - 23-286.01. Agricultural Operations Hours on Duty
12/06/2008 Arizona Meal and Rest Periods Law - 23-287. Requiring Railroad Employee to Work No Longer Than Sixteen Consecutive Hours


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