2 results for tag: Arizona

Arizona offers relief for workers displaced by pandemic

By Howard Fischer Capital Media Services March 23, 2020 PHOENIX — Arizonans displaced from employment due to COVID-19 will be getting some financial relief. In an executive order Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to waive certain existing requirements for those who want unemployment insurance. That includes having to wait a week before getting the first check. ... She said the governor is aware that Arizona’s maximum weekly benefit of $240 a week has not been altered since 2004. During that time the state’s minimum wage has gone from $5.15 an hour to $12 now. Read More

Report: Low pay makes disability caregivers a ‘workforce in crisis’

By Christopher Scragg/Cronkite News February 17, 2020 Arizona fared relatively well in a national report card on its level of care for people with developmental disabilities, but advocates fear those services are being threatened by low pay and high turnover rates for caregivers. And Arizona is not alone. The 2020 edition of “Case for Inclusion” said states across the country face a caregiver “workforce in crisis,” with turnover rates just under 70% in one state. Those problems are aggravated in Arizona, which had the smallest gap between the median wage for caregivers and the state’s minimum wage in 2017, the last year for which ...