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On March 20, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order increasing access to unemployment benefits for those facing financial hardship because of COVID-19. 1 These resources will be applied retroactively to hardships experienced after March 11, 2020. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will begin accepting benefits applications March 23, 2020.
Unemployment insurance benefits may be available to individuals who are involuntarily unemployed as a result of COVID-19. The amount of the benefit will vary based upon the amount of money that the individual has previously earned, but will be between $187 and $240 per week.
Governor Ducey’s executive order regarding COVID-19 unemployment benefits:
The executive order is welcome relief to both employees and employers alike. Employers will have greater ability to manage reduced staffing needs through these challenging and fluid circumstances, while employees receive some financial assistance in the form of unemployment insurance benefits. You can learn more at www.AZUI.gov.
For additional information about adapting your employment policies and practices to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact John Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org.