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Returning to Work - Guidance for Employers and Employees
Date: 5/21/2021

 

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) is providing the following information for individuals and employers about how returning to work may impact unemployment benefits.

Under federal and state law, refusing to return to work when your employer calls you back typically makes you ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. When you return to work, you should stop filing your weekly certifications for unemployment.

You may continue to be eligible for unemployment benefits if you refuse to return to work due to one of these pandemic-related situations*:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19; you are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in your household for which you have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and such school or facility care is required for you to work;
  •  You are unable to reach the place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, such as a government requirement to quarantine after out-of-state travel;
  • You are unable to reach the place of employment because you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  • You are considered at high risk for serious illness due to COVID-19, including: Individuals aged 65 years and older, Individuals who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and Individuals of all ages who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease A member of your household is considered at high risk for serious illness due to COVID-19.

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