Can Our Independent Contractor Claim Unemployment under the CARES Act?

Independent Contractor, Unemployment Insurance
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis affecting the country and specifically Arizona, our Phoenix law firm has been getting questions from business clients who have received notices of unemployment claims filed by their independent contractors whom they had to let go due to the impact of the Coronavirus. This article examines whether your former independent contractor can even apply for unemployment benefits and what you as their most recent "employer" should do if you receive a notice of their unemployment claim here in Arizona.  Can Independent Contractor's Apply for Unemployment in Arizona? It is not unusual for tech startups to use independent contractors to address companies' short-term needs for certain skills, without taking on the financial and tax obligations of a regular, "W-2" employee. Under normal circumstances (at least…
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