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Companies could pay some young, part-time workers less than state's minimum wage under Arizona bill

The bill would allow employers to pay these employees, who must also be enrolled as full-time students, a wage equal to the federal minimum wage which is $3.75 an hour less than Arizona's current wage.
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PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker is looking to pass a bill that would give companies the chance to pay some of their younger part-time workers less than the state's minimum wage.

House Bill 2523, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Travis Grantham, would allow an employer to pay a wage equal to or greater than the federal minimum wage to workers under 22 years old who are employed on a "casual basis," meaning they work less than 20 hours per week. The employee must also be enrolled as a full-time student.

The bill would also allow employers to "negotiate other terms and conditions of employment" with these workers.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, $3.75 less than Arizona's current wage.

In November 2016, Arizona voters passed Prop 206 raising the state's minimum wage over several years.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, the amount was increased to $11. Under the law, employers are prohibited from paying employees less than the minimum wage which will increase to $12 next year.

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The bill passed through the Regulatory Affairs Committee Monday, where Grantham serves as chairman.