Arizona Jobs

Jobs for Arizonans

The Work We’ve Done.

Arizona’s unemployment Rate is now 4.9%, the lowest in over a decade. This is a direct result of Arizona’s Business, Friendly Laws.

I’m proud that I sponsored HB2368 and HB2519. Both bills were supported by the NFIB and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and its nearly 3000 members.

HB2368 is a workers’ compensation omnibus bill. It creates a more stable average monthly wage index calculation; ensures that the lien rights of insurance carriers or self insured employers in workers compensation cases are not limited to situation where an employee is initially injured by the negligence of another person, but also when a worker further aggravates the injury due to the negligence of another person; and it requires the Industrial Commission of Arizona to develop and implement a process by December 31, 2014 for the appropriate use of evidence-based medical treatment guidelines for providers. Small businesses need a broader range of options from insurers, allowing them to offer reasonable, and affordable employee health care coverage.

HB2519 is an unemployment insurance omnibus bill. This reform bill will help businesses and the overall state budget by making individuals more accountable for the benefits they receive from unemployment insurance. For instance, individuals will be required to be looking for work at least 4 days of the 5-day work week; they’ll be required to make at least three work search contacts per week, as outlined in DES rules, and could potentially lose their UI benefits is they fail or refuse a pre-employment drug test, (the drug language testing in this bill has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Labor).

An important component of new job creation is helping small businesses to retain employees and add more jobs. They need some relief from overreaching government mandates, as well as tax incentives designed to help small businesses grow, thereby enabling them to hire more employees and further contribute to State revenues. In addition, so many small business owners would like to provide health care benefits for their employees. Unfortunately, far too many have had to drop or forego such employee benefits due to out-of-control health insurance costs.

Small businesses need a broader range of options from insurers, allowing them to offer reasonable, and affordable employee health care coverage