Coronavirus Crisis: Help For Workers
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.
What can I do if I can’t work because I’m sick or quarantined because of COVID-19?
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?