COVID-19 & the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Shared Work Program

By April 25, 2020May 1st, 2020COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) revised their Shared Work Program to help employers impacted by COVID-19. The Shared Work Program is an alternative for employers who are facing a reduction in force. This program allows an employer to divide available work or hours among a specified group of impacted associates in lieu of a layoff. The program also allows associates to receive a portion of unemployment benefits while working reduced hours.

Associates who are found eligible to receive benefits will also qualify for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $600 per week from March 29, 2020, to July 25, 2020. Moreover, the state will not consider benefits paid during the duration of the emergency declaration in Arizona to be chargeable to employers’ experience rating accounts, including those provided as part of the Shared Work Program.

Any employer that wishes to participate in the Shared Work Program must complete an application and receive approval from the state. Additional information on this program can be found on the state’s webpage:


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Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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