COVID-19 Coronavirus Update for Impacted Employees

March 20, 2020

 

Updates and Resources from the Workforce Investment Board about COVID-19 in Tulare County can be found HERE.

 

Unemployment Information:

If you have lost work or have had your hours reduced we encourage you to apply for Employment Development Department (EDD) Unemployment Insurance (UI). In California Governor Newsom has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and is looking at expanding UI claim offerings.

For comprehensive guidance and resources about state benefits related to employment and COVID-19, we highly recommend this FAQ page from EDD.

As of March 17, 2020, use of the computers in the Employment Connection resource room will be limited, and priority will be given to those individuals who need to use the computers to file UI claims. Please claim benefits virtually if you are able. There are multiple ways to do so:

  • Online: You can file a claim online here.

  • By-phone: Representatives are available at the following toll-free numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon Pacific time except on state holidays.

    • English 1-800-300-5616

    • Spanish 1-800-326-8937

    • Cantonese 1-800-547-3506

    • Mandarin 1-866-303-0706

    • Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058

    • TTY 1-800-815-9387

 

  • By Mail or by Fax: File your UI claim by accessing the paper Unemployment Insurance Application. For faster and secure processing, fax the completed application to the number listed on the form. If you mail your application, use the address on the form and allow additional time for processing.

  • How to Apply for UI Benefits (File a Claim) (YouTube)
    English | Spanish | Cantonese | Vietnamese | Mandarin

 

Benefits to Those Quarantined or Sick:

Paid sick leave law provides time off to many workers. You are entitled to use whatever sick leave you have accumulated.

California law provides for paid family leave, which you may be eligible for if you are providing care for an ill or quarantined family member.

In the event of a particularly long illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits, provided your illness is certified by a medical professional.

If you were exposed to COVID-19 while on the job and in the course of your regular duties, you may also qualify for workers’ compensation.

 

 

Other Worker Resources:

  • If you are currently looking for work, sign up for our career portal to review local job openings and receive information about helpful workforce programs and services.

  • We are working closely with the State of California for additional emergency benefits to workers impacted by this health crisis with more information on our website to follow.

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