DES Services In Focus: COVID-19 welcome to the Department of Economic Security. DES works to improve health and safety for all Arizonans through its three primary objectives: providing a safe and healthy work environment; ensuring workers get appropriate training; and providing services to families. By focusing on these three objectives, DES serves a diverse population in Arizona that includes many employees who don’t need special training. DES provides services to employers through its programs and outreach efforts at the Department of Labor, Workforce Development, and Consumer Protection; as well as other government agencies. These programs focus on employment issues and include training, education, and information on employee benefits and worker’s compensation, as well as a wide range of labor management and employee relations programs.
Our first two objectives are related, and we provide services to Indian cultural centers and schools for the betterment of those in our community. As part of our work, we also work with Arizona State University’s ASUCD to create a stronger workforce for Indian students in particular. The state of Arizona offers several programs to educate and train employees to become a “Arizona Native American” in the workforce. Many of these programs are funded by federal funds and are administered by local community colleges and universities. DES also works with local agencies to strengthen their programs for Native American employment and to increase employment opportunities for the community as a whole. DES’s third objective, promoting well-being, is related to economic security. In the long run, these programs help employees, the State, and the Nation. For example, as one of our primary partners in the Department of Economic Security, we work with organizations such as the Arizona Department for Aging, Job Corps, Job Connection, Arizona Community College System, Arizona State University, and other Arizona State entities.
The Department of Labor works with Native American cultural centers and schools to ensure that our employees have access to educational and training resources, including programs to
enhance the Native American culture and tradition. For example, we work to ensure that employees’ schedules to fit into their personal and family responsibilities and schedules. Many of our partners in the Department work to strengthen the employment practices of Arizona employers by developing training materials that will help American Indian employees understand and implement new policies on employment policies. When we develop training materials, we conduct interviews with employees and conduct field research to determine the most effective practices for each employer. For example, many employers, including private companies, work closely with Native American staff to implement a policy that ensures that no Native American employee ever has to work without proper training or experience. We often conduct interviews with managers and supervisors to ensure that they understand the importance of culturally responsive practices.
In terms of human services, DES supports the work of agencies such as the Department of Consumer Protection. Our main objective is to support a strong and healthy economy for all the
Arizonan people, which in turn benefits everyone else. Through this agency, we work to protect consumers by ensuring fair treatment by employers when they hire employees, by helping with the collection of unemployment claims, and by preventing and prosecuting discrimination and harassment.
If you or someone you know needs help with work-related problems, a visit to our website can provide a wealth of information to assist you. There, you can find information about employment
issues, education and training, as well as resources for finding employment, unemployment, and family services. from the Department of Economic Security. You can also learn about employment law, such as wage and hour violations and unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation law, and unemployment insurance laws.