In the state of Arizona, employers have a couple other steps in the unemployment insurance benefit process that are important and that they should know about. These “other” steps go beyond what we normally think of as the employer’s role in the whole unemployment process—which is as the company that lays off the employee.
After you lay off the employee, though, there is a step that follows that includes the state of Arizona sending you a form in the mail called the “Notice to Employer.” This form is sent out to the last employer of every former worker who is now seeking unemployment benefits. This form lists the reason that your former worker gave for leaving work, as well as the date that the worker gave as their last.
This Notice to Employer form allows you the chance to correct those facts if they are not correct. But you have to make sure to fill out this form in order to get your voice heard as the former employer. You have 10 days in the state of Arizona to provide this form back to the proper state authorities. If you don’t have anything to add to the form, then you don’t have to return it.
But let’s say that the unemployment insurance claimant wasn’t even ever one of your workers, you would want to send back that form. Or let’s say that you know that the claimant worked for another company after leaving you, that’s another reason to send back that form.
Another sure-fire reason to fill out the Notice to Employer form and return it in 10 days is if the claimant actually resigned, quit, retired, or otherwise abandoned their job at your company on their own, rather than you cutting them. Or if you fired the employee—rather than let them off because of lack of work or staff cutbacks—you may want to send the form in.