Pandemic Newsletter and Information
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FRAUD ALERT
This is a Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Labor. Be aware that your personal information may be used fraudulently without your permission. Fraudsters are perpetrating numerous schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In one scheme, scammers have offered to help individuals file claims for unemployment benefits. The scammers then ask for personal information including social security numbers and dates of birth. The scammers may ask you to provide payment, or your credit card information, in assisting you in filing or qualifying for your unemployment benefits. You do not need to pay anyone to file or qualify for your benefits. Victims of these scams face potential harm. The personal information the scammers collect may be used to commit identity theft to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. Unsolicited calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits are several ways that individuals have been targeted.
If you would like to report an allegation of fraud involving unemployment insurance or other U.S. Department of Labor activities or programs, please contact the OIG Hotline at: https://www.oig.dol.gov/hotline.htm or 202-693-6999 or 1-800-347-3756.
Yuma Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn
Click here to get an update about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until further notice all YCAT routes will be free.
The UI office will now accept any unemployment related documents at email: UICLAIMDOCS@AZDES.GOV due to the overwhelming amount of people trying to access the fax and telephone numbers.
“As we work to combat the spread of COVID-19, access to resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need is critical. We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together.” - Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
Greater Yuma Economic Portal
Yuma County, AZ.--Recognizing the economic challenges that many businesses are experiencing, community and government leaders in the Greater Yuma Area have come together to create the Greater Yuma Economic Resource Portal www.gyerp.org . This leadership group includes the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation, the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Western College Small Business Development Center, the City of San Luis, City of Somerton, and City of Yuma, the Town of Wellton, Yuma County, Yuma International Airport, Arizona Western College CTE Training Program, ARIZONA@WORK, STEDY, the Greater Yuma Port Authority, 4FrontED, the University of Arizona, Visit Yuma, the Western Arizona Economic Development District, and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. The Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation is hosting the portal. The portal’s purpose is to provide up-to-date information to businesses and workers in the Yuma Region that includes access to:
- SBA and Business Support
- Federal Stimulus Updates/Bills, and Support
- Federal Emergency Leave Provisions
- Unemployment Benefits
- Community Support
- Food Bank
- Mortgage and Rent Deferral
- Bridge Employment Opportunities
- Job Training Updates
- IRS Tax Relief
- International/Bi-National Commerce and Travel
- Live Support Events
- Revolving Loan Fund
- 2-1-1 Emergency Covid-19 Hotline
- AZ Commerce Authority Updates
- Arizona Governor’s Executive Orders
- Heritage Area/State Historic Parks
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Primary Contacts
Relief for laid off and unpaid employees: ARIZONA@WORK-Yuma County is working side-by-side with you as we work toward resiliency following the economic and workforce difficulties posed by COVID-19. The effects of “precaution” are being felt here in Yuma County. We are committed to do everything we can to help ease the burden of our businesses and workforce as we work through this together.
ARIZONA@WORK – Yuma County has access to federal and state Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to assist in a variety of ways:
- ARIZONA@WORK – Yuma County is a resource for employees laid off from their job. Reach out for assistance with Unemployment Insurance benefits by registering at Arizona Job Unemployment Insurance, www.azui.gov. NOTE – We recommend when applying include a reason for separation – “COVID-19”.
- ARIZONA@WORK – Yuma County also assists employers with Layoff Aversion strategies and resilience planning.
- Employers (Dislocated Workers) who have been separated from income have access to WOIA services due to COVID-19 layoffs.
Employers: If you are facing closure, layoffs or furloughs, please contact us at (928) 329-0990 and ask for a Business Services Consultant or email us at BSO@YPIC.COM.
The Yuma Private Industry Council, Inc. (YPIC) will continue to remain open for business, until further notice. We are monitoring closely the spread of Coronavirus. If YPIC decides to temporarily close to the public, information will be sent out to all employees and service providers. YPIC is taking precautions and advising everyone to wash their hands and sanitize all areas, including all entrances (door knobs). Please no hand shaking; if employees exhibit signs of the virus all precautions will be taken to prevent spread of the disease. Please cancel any group workshops, orientations, etc. If the Workforce Development Board decides to close YPIC, the information will be sent via email, posted on the website and on social media.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman have announced an extension of school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 School Year.
During this time, the school will continue to provide educational opportunities to students to the best of its ability. We will continue to develop instructional formats and share guidance to our students and families.
The State Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to discuss updated graduation requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please do not hesitate to call the school at 928-329-0990 ext 4001 for up to date information. School staff will continue to notify the community through FaceBook at YPIC Charter and the school's web page at chs.ypic.com.