What You Need to Know: Relief for Workers Affected by COVID-19
A flowchart developed by DES explaining steps of enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Arizonans. Click here to learn more.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
The C.A.R.E.S. Act included a a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. PEUC provides 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019. PEUC benefits will be available for weeks of unemployment starting with the benefit week ending April 4, 2020. If you exhausted your regular UI claim and remain unemployed, you are encouraged to apply for PEUC beginning Sunday, June 7, 2020. Visit the DES website to learn more.
Pandemic Unemployment Insurnace Under C.A.R.E.S. Act
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is set to launch May 12. Applications will be processed beginning the week of May 12 and payments will begin for eligible claimants that same week. Visit the DES website to learn more.
COVID-19 Changes to Unemployment Insurance
This handout provides general information on changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. Read more here.
ACF announces the Arizona Undocumented Workers Relief Fund
The Arizona Undocumented Workers Relief Fund has been established by more than 20 community groups and leaders to raise funds for undocumented working families who support our economy, industries, and communities every day, but who are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits or most of the federal disaster relief funds. Click here to learn more.
Complimentary Scanning and Faxing Available at Staples and Office Depot & Office Max
All Staples locations are offering complimentary faxing and scanning (up to $30 credit) to those affected by COVID-19. You will need to notify the front desk assistance station when you arrive that you are applying for a state assisted program for COVID-19 related issues and they will help you with your scanning and faxing needs. Additonally, Office DEPOT/OfficeMax is offering FREE faxing and scanning services in all of their retail stores in the state of Arizona (limits apply). You can print or download coupons, but coupons are not required. Additional printing services are available through the State of Arizona Printing Contract ADSPO17-155120. For support, email the Print Support Team at CSR06276@OfficeDepot.com.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Arizona
If you lost your job, were furloughed or your earnings were reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. This resource provides general information about changes to unemployment insurance benefits. Information is available both in English and Spanish.
How Arizona Workers Impacted By COVID-19 Can Access Unemployment Benefits
Governor Ducey signed an executive order waiving the waiting period between when someone is laid off and when they can file for unemployment, along with waiving the work search requirements for those receiving benefits. DES began accepting applications March 23, 2020. Following the passage of the C.A.R.E.S., people will now be provided with an additional $600 per week in benefits on top of the unemployment amount already offered by Arizona Unemployment Insurance benefits. Click here to learn more.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Congress passed H.R. 6201 and was signed by President Trump on March 18. Key assistance provisions included $1 billion for emergency grants to states for activities related to processing and paying unemployment insurance benefits, under certain conditions.