Our ARIZONA@WORK offices remain open. With respect for the safety of our customers and staff, we ask that everyone act with reasonable caution and only visit the center if absolutely necessary. Learn how to protect yourself and stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit azdhs.gov/COVID19 and cdc.gov/COVID19.
On March 25, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the launch of Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. Visit ArizonaTogether.org to learn more.
COVID-19 ARIZONA BUSINESS RESOURCES
The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page provides tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, and more.
Learn more about the Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 ARIZONA BUSINESS RESOURCES.
RETURN TO WORK GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
As Arizona begins to re-energize our economy and more Arizonans return to work, many employers and employees may have questions about how resuming operations may affect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. View guidance for returning to work in a safe and healthy way.
NOW HIRING, RAPID RESPONSE AND LAY-OFF AVERSION BUSINESS SERVICES
In order to provide layoff aversion strategies, ARIZONA@WORK will partner with your business and provide customized solutions for your needs. One of the most effective strategies includes customizing our Rapid Response activities to HELP Arizona businesses minimize layoff events.These activities are intended to help retain employees, upskill current employees and keep businesses open. An example is the Arizona’s Shared Work Program.
State Rapid Response Coordinator: Alineth (Ali) Gamero-Hernandez (602) 542-7966
Rapid Response, WARN and Lay-off Aversion Mailbox.
NEED TO HIRE RIGHT NOW?
ARIZONA@WORK can help you connect with qualified job seekers to fill your vacancies. Please send an email with your company's name, contact information, instructions on how applicants should apply, number of openings you have available and the type of work in which you are hiring to our Business Services team. You can also post your job openings on our job board at www.azjobconnection.gov.
To learn more about our Statewide services for our ARIZONA@WORK Employers, please visit our recruit talent web page.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
NOTE: Funding for this program may be exhausted. Arizona small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from important benefits passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans for an amount up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year. Funds provided in the form of loans will be fully forgiven if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and/or utilities. Loan monies not eligible for forgiveness will carry a 1% interest rate. Most small businesses are eligible today. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply starting April 10. This program is first come, first served, meaning it’s critical that Arizona businesses prepare and apply now.
ARIZONA SHARED WORK PROGRAM
Arizona’s Shared Work program provides an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in force by allowing businesses to divide available work or hours among affected employees in lieu of layoffs. Employees are also eligible for partial Unemployment Assistance while working reduced hours. In response to impacts of COVID-19, DES has revised the Shared Work program to provide maximum flexibility to support employers facing labor cuts and expedite economic recovery.
IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
The Department of Economic Security’s COVID-19 Resources page has many pandemic-relief resources including cash, medical and nutritional assistance; short-term crisis services; mortgage assistance; child care assistance, community resources; and more. Visit, RESOURCES FOR IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.
To apply and file new Unemployment Insurance claims, please visit www.azui.com.
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES
Need assistance navigating resources? Your local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center is here to help.
- Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
- COVID-19 Business Fact Sheet
- America's SBDC Arizona
- CDC Guidance for Business
- EEOC and CDC Guidance for Business
- SBA (Small Business Administration) - COVID-19 Loan Resources
- Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
- Federal Bonding Program