The establishment of the Arizona Industrial Commission, which is responsible for the enforcement of Arizona state laws relating to the protection of life, health, safety, and employee welfare, is addressed in the Arizona Revised Statutes at A.R.S. § 23-101. Among the topics addressed are the number of members of the Industrial Commission, their required qualifications, how they are appointed, how long they serve, their compensation, and the removal of members. The statute provides as follows:
A. There shall be an industrial commission of Arizona.
B. The commission shall be composed of five members appointed by the governor pursuant to section 38-211. Each member shall be appointed for a term of five years. The terms of the members serving on the commission on the effective date of this section shall terminate January 8, 1969. Of the members of the commission first appointed, one shall serve for a term ending January 8, 1970, and one each for terms ending one, two, three, and four years thereafter. Thereafter one term shall expire on the third Monday in January of each year. Not more than three members of the commission shall belong to the same political party. The chairman of the commission shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the governor. The members of the commission shall have been residents of the state for five years immediately preceding their original appointment.
C. Each commissioner shall receive a salary of fifty dollars per day for each day in which he performs his duties as a commissioner.
D. The governor may remove a member of the commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office.
Many employment issues faced by Arizona employees fall within the jurisdiction of the Industrial Commission, and many Arizonans are primarily familiar with the Industrial Commission's role in handling workers' compensation issues. The Industrial Commission also is responsible for laws relating to occupational safety and health, payment of wages, and child labor.
Although the Industrial Commission can be a valuable resource, if you've got a legal issue related to employment you should discuss the matter with an Arizona employment attorney as soon as possible.