PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Economic Security released a breakdown for how Arizonans returning to work can receive bonuses promised by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Eligible people can apply to receive a one-time bonus of $2,000 for getting a full-time job. Anyone who gets a part-time job that is eligible will receive $1,000. A worker who receives a job earning more than $25 an hour does not qualify.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for DES said Arizonans applying for the $2,000 bonus must prove they've worked an equivalent of eight 40-hour work weeks (320 hours) or more during the first 10 weeks since returning to work after May 13. For those returning to part-time work, people must show they've worked an equivalent of eight 20-hour work weeks (160 hours) or more during the first 10 weeks since returning to work after May 13.
To receive the bonus, workers must provide pay stubs for each week they want to count toward qualifying, as well as an employer contact who can confirm the employment, hours worked and rate of pay. DES says there will be a process to determine eligibility for the bonuses, but it is different than the process used in the unemployment adjudication process and will be different staff.
“In Arizona, we’re going to use federal money to encourage people to work … instead of paying people not to work,” Gov. Ducey said.
The bonuses are meant to take the place of supplemental unemployment benefits previously being distributed by the state, but Gov. Ducey announced Arizona would no longer take federal money for the program effective July 10. Instead, Ducey said the state would offer a one-time return to work bonus for returning workers, child care support, educational opportunities and rental assistance.
DES is scheduled to launch the program portal for applicants on July 10. If someone has returned to work, DES says they don't need to continue filing for unemployment benefits. For more information regarding the return to work bonuses, eligibility and the steps to apply, click here.