Individuals in Arizona who have been laid off from their job can file for unemployment. However, in Arizona, there’s a good chance there will be an initial denial of the claim. This means individuals may then need to file an Arizona unemployment benefits appeal.
Arizona Unemployment Benefits Eligibility
In Arizona, individuals who meet the eligibility requirements can receive unemployment benefits. To be eligible for unemployment benefits you must have:
- Earned at least 390 times the Arizona minimum wage in your highest earning quarter. The total of the other three quarters must equal at least one half of the amount in your high quarter. As of January 2020 the minimum wage in Arizona is currently $12.00. Thus, if you made $4,680 in your highest quarter (390 x $12), you must have earned at least $2,340 within the remaining three quarters combined. OR
- At least $7,000 in total wages in at least two quarters of the base period (the base period is the earliest of four of the last five complete quarters of the calendar year), with wages in one quarter equal to $5,987.50 or more. AND
- You must be out of work through no fault of your own. If you face unemployment for economic reasons it’s through no fault of your own.
Arizona Unemployment Benefits Base Period
For example, if you were to apply for unemployment benefits in March of 2020 the base period used to calculate your wages would be October 2018 through September of 2019. Thus, the base period used to calculate your unemployment benefits DOES NOT INCLUDE recent earnings.
Arizona Unemployment Appeal
If you are denied unemployment benefits, you have the right to file an appeal. You must file your appeal within 15 calendar days from the mailing date of the determination of eligibility. Your employer may also appeal a determination regarding your eligibility. You’ll receive a Notice of Hearing when the appeal has been processed. You can expect this anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks after the appeal has been received.
Attorney Representation at the Unemployment Benefits Appeal Hearing
Having an attorney to represent you at the Arizona unemployment benefits appeal is beneficial. They can ask witnesses questions, make legal objections to documents and witnesses, and give a closing statement on your behalf. If you need assistance with filing an appeal or would like legal representation, contact Chelle Law today. Find information about Arizona unemployment here.