Coronavirus Crisis: Help For Workers

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Help And Assistance For Workers During The Crisis

All businesses should encourage employees to stay home if sick and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools or Commercial Establishments Safe (pdf).

California is working to support people financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more in this chart of benefits available for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has removed waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and published resources for workers affected by COVID-19.

The state has also extended the state tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020 for all California taxpayers.

Questions and Answers for workers

What can I do if I can’t work because I’m sick or quarantined because of COVID-19?

  • You can use paid sick leave if your job has it. 
  • If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
  • You may also file a Worker’s Compensation Claim if you were exposed to coronavirus at work.
  • You can check with the state of California Employment Development Department to see if you are eligible for unemployment benefits. <link to unemployment page>

What kind of sick leave is available to me?

Sick leave varies by employee. For details see Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.

What if my employer does not have paid sick leave?

For those not able to secure paid leave, state (California Family Rights Act) and federal laws (Family and Medical Leave Act) may qualify you for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.

Do I need a note or certificate from a medical provider to file for unemployment?

No, a medical certificate is not required. Here is more information on who is eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI).

What if I can’t work because I’m taking care of someone who’s sick or quarantined? 

What can I do if my work hours are reduced because of COVID-19? 

You can file an Unemployment Insurance claim.

What can I do if I miss work because of school closures? 

Additional resources:

CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
CA Employment Development Department: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office

|US Dept. of Labor summary of paid family leave and expanded family and medical leave