This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone as we continue to navigate the situation surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus, there are benefits that may be available to you.
LAID-OFF OR HOURS REDUCED
If you have been laid-off, furloughed, or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19 Coronavirus, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits from the State of California. For more information regarding eligibility and the application process, please refer to the Employment Development Department (EDD) website: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
SICK / QUARANTINED / OR CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH CORONAVIRUS
If you are unable to work because you are caring for a family member with COVID-19, you may be eligible for Paid Family Leave benefits from the State of California. These benefits provide short-term monetary benefits amounting to approximately 60-70% of wages, depending on earnings, for a period of up to 6 weeks (Note: the maximum benefit period increases to 8 weeks effective July 1, 2020). Citizenship and immigration status do not affect eligibility for Paid Family Leave benefits. More information regarding eligibility, calculating benefits, and the application process can be found at the EDD’s website: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/PFL_Claim_Process.htm
If you are unable to work because you have been exposed to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Disability Insurance benefits from the State of California. Disability Insurance benefits are short-term benefit payments, which amount to approximately 60-70% of wages, depending on earnings, for up to 52 weeks. For more information regarding eligibility and filing for Disability Insurance benefits, please refer to the Employment Development Department (EDD) website: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Additionally, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides for two sources of paid leave: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. These Acts apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees and respectively provide up to 80 hours or 12 weeks of paid leave (subject to eligibility requirements, conditions, and exceptions). More information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found with the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
CONCLUSION / FINAL THOUGHTS
Please note that this list is not comprehensive. The situation is continually changing and new developments are occurring rapidly. We urge you to keep up to date with any news and updates regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus by referring to the websites of your local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
Our thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time. Stay safe.