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COVID-19 employee & business assistance

Yavapai County

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To our Yavapai County Businesses and Community Members,

The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) Economic/Workforce Development Division (EWD) is working side-by-side with you as we work toward resiliency following the economic and workforce difficulties posed by COVID-19. Effects of “precaution” are definitely being felt right here. We are committed to do everything we can to help ease the burden of our businesses and workforce as we work through this together.

In Yavapai County, NACOG has access to federal and state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Dislocated Worker and Rapid Response funding to assist in a variety of ways:

NACOG and ARIZONA@WORK is a resource for your unpaid employees to reach out for assistance with Unemployment Insurance benefits and Temporary Employment Services. Register at Arizona Job Connection (AJC), www.azjobconnection.gov and Unemployment Insurance, www.azui.gov . NOTE – We recommend including a note Reason for Separation – “COVID-19”.

NACOG also assists employers with Layoff Aversion strategies and resilience planning.

Dislocated Workers who have been separated from income have access to WOIA services due to COVID-19 layoffs, and we are working on temporary assignments that our clients can be placed in.

Employers: If you are facing closure, please let your employees know that there are services at NACOG – please call the West County One Stop at (928)778-1422 or (928)308-4832, East County One Stop at (928)649-6867 or (928)649-6868, or visit our websites: www.nacog.org and www.yavapaiatwork.com

As a community, please respond to inquiries with the information provided here related to work conditions rather than forwarding calls. Attached you will find a Community Resources Guide, screen shots from the Arizona Job Connection website for guidance on signing up, and information regarding how to file for Unemployment Insurance.

The Senate passed the House coronavirus relief bill (HR 6201) this afternoon. HR 6201, negotiated between Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, includes free coronavirus testing — even for the uninsured; increased federal funds for Medicaid and food security programs, like food stamps; and increased unemployment insurance benefits. In addition, this bill would:
* create emergency paid leave programs to respond to the outbreak
* provide private sector employers with fewer than 500 workers as many as 12 weeks of partially paid family leave under FMLA to care for a child whose school or day care has closed
* have to provide full and part-time workers with two weeks paid sick, including for a quarantine order or to care for another affected individual
* allow the Labor Department to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 workers from the paid leave requirements.

Paid leave would be financed through tax credits. Refundable tax credits for employers to cover costs under the bill’s sick leave and family leave programs.It would also include amounts employers pay for a worker’s health insurance plan.

There is a similar refundable credit for self-employed workers
HR 6201 is “phase two” of Congress’ coronavirus legislative efforts, and negotiations over a “phase three” deal are already underway.

It’s still unclear how much it will cost, and the Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored it.

Arizona is now listed as an Economic Disaster Area

Small businesses can begin applying. Please let your business community members know. We suggest two options:

1) Apply through the Yavapai College SBDC using this link. In the description write “COVID-19
2) Apply directly to the SBA website using this link: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
 
 Yavapai College SBDC team stands ready to assist. We are going through training this afternoon, so we need until tomorrow to begin helping with the application process

 

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