California

Statewide Resources
  • Unemployment
  • Disability/Sick Leave
  • Family Leave
  • Health Insurance
Statewide Resources

The State of California maintains a page of resources for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

If you lose your job or have reduced hours:​

If you were laid off or had your work hours reduced, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. 

File For Unemployment Here

You can file a claim online, by phone, or by mail/fax. Due to record numbers of people filing for unemployment, filing online is likely to be the fastest way to get your claim processed. 

 

 

Get help filing your claim:

  • Video Resources: How to Apply for UI Benefits (File a Claim) (YouTube)

  • FAQ

  • FAQ About Eligibility 

  • User Guide 

  • Get help on the phone:

    • San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development: 415-701-4817 

    • Los Angeles Workforce Development Office: 888-226-6300

    • San Diego Workforce Partnership: Click here to find the phone number for your local job center. 

 

How long will it take to receive benefits? 

If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. The State waived the one-week unpaid waiting period. We recommend applying as soon as possible after you have been laid off. You cannot apply for unemployment if you are still on your employer’s payroll, even if you anticipate being laid off in the coming weeks.  

 

How much can I collect in benefits? 

Your benefits can range from $40 to $450 per week and from 13 to 26 weeks. Use the Unemployment Insurance Calculator to help estimate your potential weekly benefit amount. 

How does the new federal legislation expand benefits? 

Recent federal legislation has extended Unemployment Insurance for an additional 13 weeks. So participants in states with 26 weeks, like California, would be eligible for a total of 39 weeks. The total amount cannot exceed 39 weeks, but it may be shorter in certain states. 

 

The legislation also increases the benefit amount you are eligible for. Normally, unemployment does not cover 100% of your salary. If you normally make $700/week, unemployment would generally cover only around 40-50% of that in the state of California. The new federal legislation, which goes into effect April 1, 2020, supplements this payment by up to $600/week for everyone. This means that you are likely to receive close to 100% of your salary in unemployment. This benefit boost will last for up to four months, ending July 31.

​Learn more about filing a claim here

If you become sick with COVID-19:
  • You are eligible to apply for California State Disability Insurance

    • Benefits: 60-70% of income with a cap of $1,300 per week for up to 52 weeks.

    • Eligibility Requirements: certification from a doctor documenting you cannot work due to a non-work related injury or illness or a written order from a state or local health officer stating that you have (or are suspected of having) COVID-19.

 

If your child or a family member is sick with COVID-19 or another serious health condition:
  • You are eligible to apply for Paid Family Leave (PFL), which provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. 

    • California Paid Family Leave application can be found here

    • ​California Paid Family Leave application (Spanish) can be found here
    • Benefits: 60-70% of wages depending on income for up to 6 weeks.

 

If you need to take leave from work due to child’s school cancellation:
  • Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: beginning April 1 through December 31, 2020, eligible employees can receive up to 10 paid sick days and 12 weeks of extended leave when a parent cannot work due to a school or child care facility closure due to COVID-19.

  • Under the California Family School Partnership Act: entitles workers at employers with 25 or more employees to up to 40 hours of job-protected, unpaid leave per year in a child care emergency, including the closure or unavailability of a school or child care provider.

California OSHA Health & Safety Guidance
  • The state of California has health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 infection prevention for employers and employees in the logistics industry. California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases.