The minimum wage in the City of Flagstaff will increase to $16.80 on Jan. 1, 2023. This increase was announced by the City in September of 2022.
Flagstaff voters passed the Minimum Wage Act (“the Act”) on November 8, 2016 as a citizen’s initiative (Proposition 414). The Act, which is codified in Title 15 of the Flagstaff City Code, prescribes that beginning in 2023, the Flagstaff minimum wage shall be increased annually by the increase in the cost of living.
On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the consumer price index (CPI) numbers for August of 2022. The CPI for August 2022 was 8.3% greater than for August 2021. Accordingly, as of January 1, 2023, the minimum wage in the City of Flagstaff will increase from $15.50 per hour to $16.80 per hour.
The Flagstaff minimum wage applies to all employees who work or are expected to work at least 25 hours within the city limits in a single calendar year. For provisions of the Act pertaining to tipped employees, please refer to section 15-01-001-0003(E) of the Flagstaff City Code.
The Act is enforced by the City of Flagstaff Office of Labor Standards. Previously enacted provisions of Title 15 will remain in effect. These include requirements that employers maintain payroll records for a period of four years, allow the Office of Labor Standards to review these records to monitor compliance, and do not retaliate in any way against employees for asserting their rights under this law.
For any related questions, please contact Chris Rhode, Management Analyst, at LaborStandards@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2078. Additional information and resources can also be found at flagstaff.az.gov/MinWage.