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
– Paid Sick 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.
|Per California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. See online here|
How to File
If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness related to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
Short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.
Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 52 weeks.
Paid Family Leave
If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional)
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.
Approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income); ranges from $50-$1,300 a week for up to 6 weeks.
If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19
Partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
Range from $40-$450 per week for up to 26 weeks.
Paid Sick Leave
If you or a family member are sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine
The leave you have accumulated or your employer has provided to you under the Paid Sick Leave law.
Paid to you at your regular rate of pay or an average based on the past 90 days.
If you are unable to do your usual job because you were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits include temporary disability (TD) payments, which begin when your doctor says you can’t do your usual work for more than three days or you are hospitalized overnight. You may be entitled to TD for up to 104 weeks. TD stops when either you return to work, your doctor releases you for work, or your doctor says your illness has improved as much as it’s going to.
TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury, up to maximum weekly amount set by law. In addition, eligible employees are entitled to medical treatment and additional payments if a doctor determines you suffered a permanent disability because of the illness.
Based on the inability of claimants to access the UI OnlineSM system during this time, if an individual’s UI benefit certification form has dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9, they do not need to certify or re-certify for UI benefits at this time. For these weeks, this means:
After an individual initiates their UI claim and are determined eligible, they do not need to provide a certification for their continuing biweekly payments for these weeks if they have not already done so.
They will automatically receive their benefit payments, unless they have an existing disqualification or pending issue.
Individuals will be required to provide information to the EDD if they worked during any of these weeks.
The failure to provide the EDD with information that they worked during these weeks may result in an overpayment that the EDD must later recover.
For more information, please use the following link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/certify.htm
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 once operational 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
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
The following Grocery Stores are offering immediate employment opportunities in Butte County:
Please apply online at the following company sites:
Costco – Costco.com/jobs.html
Family Dollar – Familydollar.com/careers
Foodmaxx – Foodmaxx.com/careers
Raley’s – Raleys.com/about/careers/job-openings/
Safeway – Safeway.ca/careers/
Save Mart – Savemart.com/careers
Smart&Final – Smartandfinal.com/careers
Target – Corporate.Target.com/careers
Walmart – Careers.Walmart.com
Winco – Wincofoods.com/about/careers/
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 Employer 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
Support Services and Protections for Workers
Offers information on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office related to the rights and protections for workers during the COVID-19 situation.
This information is offered in an FAQ format, but additional questions related to COVID-19 matters can be emailed directly to the Office of the Labor Commissioner’s COVID-19 Response team.
Email Contact for Questions: LCO-COVIDemail@example.com
Provides an online filing option for employees, former employees, or job applicants who have suffered retaliation or discrimination by an employer. The office of the California Labor Commissioner also offers guidance on options for filing, and eligible claims based on employee health and safety.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office maintains a listing of California laws that specifically prohibits retaliation, discrimination, and pay inequity. Workers MAY have a retaliation claim against their employer if they were discriminated or retaliated against for any of the following protected activities:
– Made complaints about safety or health conditions or practices at work for yourself or your co-workers
– Instituted or caused the institution of a proceeding related to your rights to safe and healthy working conditions
– Testified in a health and safety proceeding
– Exercised your rights under the California Occupational Safety and Health Act
– Participated in an occupational health and safety committee established under Labor Code section 6401.7 (linked >)
– Reported a workplace injury to your employer
– Refused to work when the work would violate the Labor Code, any occupational safety or health standard, or any safety order, and that violation would create a real and apparent hazard to you or co-workers.
Please Note: Determination whether a violation has occurred will be at the discretion of the Labor Commissioner’s Office.
File Online: https://bit.ly/2VbO9BG
By Mail: LABOR COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE, RETALIATION COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION UNIT. 2031 HOWE AVE SUITE 100
SACRAMENTO, CA 95825
By Phone: 714-558-4913 (Please leave a message and you will be called back in one business day)
Offering free or discounted hotel rooms to health care workers who provide critical care to patients with COVID-19 in order to prevent them from exposing their household to COVID-19 once they leave their shift. The hotel rooms provided will ideally be in close proximity to the medical facility where the individuals are employed, but this is subject to the locations of the participating hotels. This program does not include extra hotel services such as food, room service, valet, parking, or laundry services. There are no fees for individuals who make less than $250,000, Individuals who make more than $250,000 will receive a discounted rate. Rates will depend on the offers provided by the participating hotels. Please Note: Room reservations will be provided based on availability.
To be considered for a Hotel Room the following criteria must be met:
-Must work at a California healthcare facility. This includes medical transport providers and non-medical staff within healthcare facilities. This does not include in-home support services (IHSS).
-Healthcare workers that are in California’s Health Corps or CAL MAT.
-Must have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not require hospitalization or have been exposed to COVID-19 through the medical facility of their employment. The facility must be documented as housing COVID-19 positive patients by either a state or county public health official or a medical professional.
-Must be unable to self-isolate or quarantine at home due to the presence of other individuals in their household.
Reserve a room by calling the CalTravelStore at (877)454-8785. There will be a screening process, please be prepared to offer the following information: county of employment, medical facility of employment, and job title. At check-in please provide employee identification and a personal credit card or other form of deposit to cover any incidental expenses.
For more information, use the following link and scroll down to ‘Hotel Rooms for California Healthcare Workers’ https://bit.ly/3aw3McP
Banks Providing Relief to Customers
Capital One customers facing financial difficulties are encouraged to contact the bank directly through one of its many customer support lines. Examples of assistance on a case-by-case basis include minimum payment assistance, deferred loan assistance, and fee suppression. For more information and updates, visit Capital One’s coronavirus help page here: https://www.capitalone.com/coronavirus/
Chase customers facing financial difficulties are encouraged to call the number on the back of their credit or debit card, or on the back of their monthly statement. Examples of assistance on a case-by-case basis may include fee waivers or refunds, changing due dates, extending credit lines. As a precaution against potential scams, if someone from Chase reaches out, they will not ask for confidential information such as name, password, PIN or other account information. For more information and updates, visit Chase’s coronavirus help page here: https://www.chase.com/digital/resources/update
Citi is offering waivers on monthly service fees and penalty waivers for early withdrawals from CDs. For eligible credit cards, customers may be eligible for credit line increases and collection forbearance programs. Mortgage customers may be eligible for a hardship program thorugh Cenlar FSB, the bank’s service provider. or assistance, call Cenlar FSB at 855-839-6253 (8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. ET Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET Sat). For more information and updates, visit Citibank’s coronavirus help page here: https://online.citi.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=covid19
PNC Bank customers facing financial difficulties are encouraged to reach out to the bank directly; assistance will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Customers affected by the virus who are encountering hardship can call 1-888-762-2265 (7 a.m.–10 p.m. ET Mon–Fri; 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET Sat–Sun) for help. For more information and updates, visit PNC Bank’s coronavirus help page here: https://www.pnc.com/en/customer-service/update-center.html?lnksrc=homepage-alert
U.S. Bank customers who need assistance are encouraged to utilize its digital banking features, including its mobile app, online banking or banking by phone. Customers who need help right away to call 888-287-7817. Beginning March 13,2020, US Bank has made temporary reductions to the Simple Loan and Personal Loan products. For more information and updates, visit U.S. Bank’s coronavirus help page here: https://www.usbank.com/splash/covid-19.html
For customers experiencing financial hardship, call 1-800-219-9739 to speak with a specialist to discuss options for consumer lending, small business and deposit products.
Customers facing financially difficulties should contact the client services team at the number listed on the bank of their credit or debit card