unemployment & EMPLOYMENT assistance
The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance for state unemployment insurance programs to extend benefits to individuals whose employment status is impacted by COVID-19. Use the tool at the link below to find the agency that manages unemployment insurance in your state and visit their website for more information about eligibility and how to apply for benefits.
Offering an explanation of the different benefits available for workers impacted by COVID-19. This online resource offers guidance and information on how to file for the following types of benefits:
– Paid Family Leave
– Unemployment Insurance
– Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
– Paid Sick Leave
– COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers
– Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Sick Leave
– Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Emergency Paid Family & Medical Leave
– Worker’s Compensation
Different benefits programs will have differing eligibility criteria, the online guidance offered by the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency details eligibility criteria for each. These benefits are specific to workers in the State of California.
Available online: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/#chart
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, will be available through the CARES Act. PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from the Unemployment Insurance program to help unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
The provisions of the program include:
-Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
-An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments
Please Note: Those receiving the minimum PUA benefits of $167 per week may see a change in their weekly benefit amount after the EDD has recalculated their benefits based on their reported income. If their weekly benefit increases based on the EDD’s recalculation, the increase will be paid retroactively.
The PUA benefits are payable if you don’t qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also do not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. This includes:Business owners, Self-employed individuals, Independent contractors, Individuals who may have qualified for regular UI benefits but have collected all benefits for which they are eligible.
If you are not a citizen of the United States, you cannot be paid PUA benefits unless you were legally permitted to work in the United States at the time such services were performed. In addition, you must be authorized to work for any week of PUA benefits claimed to be eligible for payments.
Must additionally meet one of the following criteria:
-You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
-You are unable to work because a health care provider advised you to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19.
-A member of your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
-You are providing care for a family member or a member of your household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
-A child or other person in the household for whom you have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 and the school or facility care is required for you to work.
-You became the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
-You have to quit your job as a direct result of COVID-19.
-Your place of employment is closed as a direct result of COVID-19.
-You were scheduled to start a job that is now unavailable as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
-You are unable to reach the place of employment as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
-If you work as an independent contractor with reportable income, you may also qualify for PUA benefits if you are unemployed, partially employed, or unable or unavailable to work because the COVID-19 public health emergency has severely limited your ability to continue performing your customary work activities, and has thereby forced you to stop working.
The EDD will begin accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28. The link below will be updated with instructions for filing a claim for PUA benefits when details become available. See online here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm
Offering information and help navigating Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Alliance for Workforce Development may also assist with filing for unemployment and address any employment inquiries related to COVID-19.
For more information, please contact Alliance for Workforce Development at 530-961-5125 or 530-616-0563. Individuals may also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PUA FAQ Document: https://www.labor.ca.gov/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-pua-program/
Offering assistance to California workers affected by COVID-19 in navigating unemployment insurance benefits, getting benefits expedited, and retraining opportunities for employees.
Hours: Chico Office, M-F: 8am-5pm, Oroville Office, M-F: 8am-5pm
Please Note: In-person services are not available at this time. Services are offered remotely to comply with public health guidelines of social distancing.Rapid Response services are available in other counties by contacting any America’s Job Center location.
Call either the Chico office at (530)961-5125 or the Oroville office at (530)538-7301 during office hours. Service may also be accessed through the web chat tool available on the website at https://afwd.org/
EDD announced, starting July 1, 2020, Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits will expand from six weeks to eight weeks of leave for eligible Californians.
For more information, please use the following link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/paid_family_leave.htm
Providing COVID-19 guidance regarding Unemployment Insurance Benefits. This resource offers insight into available programs and certain situations that may be applicable to individual circumstances.
Resource is available using the following link: http://bit.ly/2TTxAe6
Please Note: As of April 20th, the EDD has extended call center hours. The EDD call center is now available: 7days a week, 8am – 8pm
Offers assistance to California businesses affected by COVID-19 in navigating resources available through the State of California and the US Small Business administration. Resources include the Work Share Program,
Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave, disaster loans, and guidances set by the Employment Development Department and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Rapid Response services are available in other counties by contacting any America’s Job Center location.
Hours: Chico Office, M-F: 8am-5pm, Oroville Office, M-F: 8am-5pm
Please note: Services are offered remotely to comply with public health guidelines of social distancing. Call either the Chico office at (530)961-5125 or the Oroville office at (530)538-7301 during office hours. Service may also be accessed through the web chat tool available on the website at https://afwd.org/
Providing COVID-19 guidance regarding Employee Information. This resource offers insight into available programs and certain situations that may be applicable to individual circumstances.
Resource is available using the following link: http://bit.ly/2TWHCLH