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Unemployment Resources

The Governor’s OfficeCalifornia State Association of Counties, and the California Department of Public Health have gathered information about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at the Employment Development DepartmentCalifornia MedicaidCalFreshCalWORKS, and the California Association of Food Banks. In addition, on March 16, 2020, Governor Newsome issued an Executive Order in an effort to protect both renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional Executive Orders can be found here.

Disability/Paid Family Leave Benefits for COVID-19                                                                                        (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):

Benefits Available to Those Sick and Cannot Work: Individuals are able to file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim, providing short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness. The Governor's Executive Order will waive the one-week unpaid waiting period to collect DI benefits for the first week out of work. What forms are needed: Requirement can be met by a medical certification signed by treating a physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms, start date of condition, probable duration; and treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information. Can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer specific to you. Fastest processing occurs online, and submit supporting medical documentation immediately after. How much can be earned: Approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,300 a week. EDD has a Disability Insurance Calculator.

Payments are paid through the date of a doctor's certification or when available benefits are exhausted, whichever comes first within a 52-week period. The Governor's Executive Order waives the one week waiting period. Individuals who are quarantined, as certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer, can qualify for disability insurance.

Benefits Available to Self-employed or Otherwise Not Covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program: Individuals can be eligible for benefits if they pay into Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC). DIEC is an option for self-employed individuals, like independent contractors, and employers to apply for coverage under SDI. More info here.

 Individuals can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim Provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member Necessary documentation: Medical documentation regarding family member in care who is either ill or quarantined due to COVID-19. This requirement can be met by a medical certification for that person from a treating physician or a practitioner that includes a diagnosis and ICD-10 code, or a statement of symptoms; the start date of the condition; its probable duration; and the treating physician's or practitioner's license number or facility information. This requirement can also be met by a written order from a state or local health officer that is specific to your family member's situation. Absent those documents from a physician or health officer, individuals may be eligible for an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim instead. Individuals may also request EDD to send a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) (PDF) form, which can be ordered online. If medical documentation is provided in any other form other than the EDD's designated claim form, it should be submitted separately by mail to: Employment Development Department PO Box 45011 Fresno, CA 93718-5011 Individuals can receive approximately 60-70 percent of wages, depending on income, ranging from $50-$1,300 a week. EDD has a Paid Family Leave Calculator.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for COVID-19                                                                                             (California Employment Development Department – EDD, COVID-19 FAQ):

Benefits Available for Individuals Quarantined, Not Ill, and Not Eligible for Disability Insurance: Individuals are encouraged to apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if unemployed including reasons such as: Hours reduced due to quarantine Separated from employer during quarantine Subject to a quarantine required by a medical professional or state local health officer Individuals are eligible if they have enough earnings over the past 12-18 months and meet other criteria.

Benefits Available to Those Self-Quarantining Due to Underlying Health Conditions & Exposure to Virus: Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.

Benefits Available to Those Caring for Non-Ill Children Whose School Has Shut Down/Had to Quit to Provide Child Care: Individuals may be eligible for benefits. EDD representatives will seek details and determine eligibility.

Benefits Available to Those Whose Employer Reduces Hours or Shuts Down Operations Due to the Virus: Individuals are encouraged to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and are expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able, available, and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Individuals can receive benefits ranging from $40-450 a week. The number of weeks to potentially receive benefits ranges from 13 to 26 weeks. Payment could stretch to a longer duration if work is performed for pay or if other deductible income is received during the course of a claim. EDD has an Unemployment Insurance Calculator.

OnwardCA is a website with resources for those who have recently lost their jobs.  The Governor's Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so individuals can collect UI benefits for the first week they are out of work. Individuals can apply and file a claim for unemployment and disability benefits at the same time, but can only collect payments under one program at a time. Individuals can collect unemployment benefits if laid off/had hours reduced, then switch to disability if they become sick. Similarly, individuals can start collecting unemployment benefits because if they have been laid off or have had work hours reduced, and then switch to a Paid Family Leave claim if they must care for a family member who is sick.

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