Anyone seeking employment or training opportunities is strongly encouraged to visit the ARIZONA@WORK resource: arizonaatwork.com. This one-stop site allows job seekers to search positions and employers to post roles they have available.
For immediate assistance, ARIZONA@WORK has gathered a list of employers throughout the state with job openings.
Responding to the spike in demand, Amazon has announced it’s hiring 100,000 full and part-time jobs around the country in its operations, delivery and stores, including Whole Foods Market. Additionally, the company is investing $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees in the U.S. through the month of April. To support employees and contractors, Amazon offers extra time off with pay for employees diagnosed with COVID-19.Those interested in applying can learn more at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.
On March 27, 2020, Governor Ducey signed legislation to expand access to unemployment benefits for Arizonans affected by COVID-19 by waiving certain Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) eligibility requirements. The legislation will make more Arizonans eligible for unemployment benefits and aligns Arizona eligibility requirements with federal guidance for individuals and employers directly affected by COVID-19. This bill expands eligibility to individuals in the following situations:
--Individuals who are not receiving wages due to their workplace closing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — even if the individual intends to go back to work when the business reopens.
--Individuals who have opted to self-quarantine and intend to return to work
--Individuals who leave employment to care for a family member.
Learn about and apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits through the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
Note that for individuals ineligible for unemployment insurance, FEMA offers the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program for individuals unemployed as a result of a Presidentially declared disaster such as COVID-19.
In an Executive Order issued on March 20th, Governor Ducey has waived the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits and work search requirements for those receiving benefits. In addition, workers employed at businesses that are temporarily closed or operating under limited hours due to COVID-19 are eligible for unemployment insurance. Anyone who is quarantined because of the coronavirus, or who is caring for a family member with COVID-19 is eligible for unemployment insurance. Note that employer payments to the unemployment insurance fund will not be increased for employees receiving benefits under these provisions.
On March 26, 2020, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order to help licensed professionals in Arizona stay licensed by deferring certain requirements for six months. State agencies and boards will defer requirements to renew licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 by six months from the expiration date, unless those requirements can be completed online. Additionally, they will defer requirements to complete continuing education by six months, unless those requirements can be completed online.
The order applied only to the following agencies or boards listed below:
- Acupuncture Board of Examiners
- Department of Agriculture
- Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery
- Arizona Board of Technical Registration
- Arizona Medical Board
- Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants
- Arizona Board of Nursing
- Arizona State Board of Pharmacy
- Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board
- Board of Athletic Training
- Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
- Board of Barbers
- Board of Certified Public Accountants
- Board of Cosmetology
- Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Facility Managers
- Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medical Examiners
- Board of Massage Therapy
- Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
- Board of Physical Therapy
- Board of Respiratory Care Examiners
- Department of Environmental Quality
- Department of Insurance
- Department of Financial Institutions
- Department of Real Estate
- Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
- Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board
- Department of Public Safety
- Registrar of Contractors
- State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- State Board of Dental Examiners
- State Board of Dispensing Opticians
- State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers
- State Board of Optometry
- State Board of Podiatry Examiners
- State Board of Psychologist Examiner
- Department of Transportation
Anyone seeking employment or training opportunities should visit the ARIZONA@WORK resource: arizonaatwork.com. This one-stop site allows job seekers to search positions and employers to post roles they have available. ARIZONA@WORK has put together an FAQ for employers looking to hire immediately with guidance on posting to the job board, lay-off aversion services and more employer resources.
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards. The Department of Labor released updated information on how businesses that have had operations interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak can still comply with the FLSA. The fact sheet covers how to navigate hours, teleworking, volunteers and more during the pandemic.
If you or your employees are caring for ill family members, it could be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, covered employers must provide employees job-protected, unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons, which may include the flu where complications arise. FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. To learn more about the FMLA during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Department of Labor.
For employers such as grocery stores who are ramping up hiring processes and need to hire a mass amount of people, there are tax credits already in place for hiring job seekers who have traditionally faced significant barriers to employment. These tax credits can support employers in hiring populations affected by the coronavirus including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients or veterans.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a state-administered federal tax credit available to employers hiring new employees who qualify as a member of one of the specific target groups such as TANF or SNAP recipients and veterans. Employers may receive between $2,400 and $9,600 based on the category the individuals they are hiring qualifies under. There is no limit to the number of tax credits an employer can claim, if the new hire meets one of the qualifying categories. For assistance email the WOTC Mailbox at WOTC@AZDES.gov.
The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) is a hiring incentive for employers, guaranteeing the honesty of at-risk job seekers. Employers hiring ex-offenders and other at-risk/hard-to-place job applicants (e.g., recovering substance abusers, welfare recipients, those with poor credit, etc.) are eligible to pursue program services. It provides fidelity bonding to employers in increments of $5,000 for the first six months of employment. For assistance email the Federal Bonding Program Mailbox at WOTC@AZDES.gov.
ARIZONA@WORK, Arizona’s workforce development system, will partner with businesses to identify a proactive layoff aversion framework and provide solutions for aversion strategies. One of the most effective strategies includes customizing Rapid Response activities to help Arizona businesses minimize layoff events. These activities are intended to help retain employees, upskill current employees and keep the business open. For assistance contact: email@example.com or the Rapid Response and Lay-off Aversion Mailbox at WIOA@AZDES.gov.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative for employers faced with the need to reduce the number of employees or hours. It allows an employer to divide the available work or hours among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the employees to receive a portion of their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours. For more information, visit the DES page or for assistance contact the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the closure of schools across Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman partnered to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers to offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers. More information will be released in the coming days, for more questions, please email AZEnrichmentCenters@az.gov.
In partnership with the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Governor Ducey announced emergency operational funding to support youth impacted by COVID-19 school closures. The state funding will enable Boys & Girls Clubs in Arizona to extend program hours from 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM and provide kids with breakfast and lunch at no additional cost to its members. This will help accommodate children of health care workers, while encouraging and leveraging private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Valley of The Sun YMCA has extended its Spring Break Camp through April 10th due to school closures. Children will be able to engage in exciting activities like crafts and games. Lunch and snacks will be provided at select branches. You can support this program and more by donating online here.
The DES Child Care Administration provides assistance to eligible families in need so they can continue education or employment while ensuring a safe environment. Learn more at https://des.az.gov/child-care or https://www.azccrr.com/.