California EDD providing support for workers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

California EDD providing support for workers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

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Financial relief is available for workers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

For workers who qualify for benefits, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing a variety of support services.

Here’s more from the EDD:

Workers who have had their hours reduced—or whose employer is currently not operating due to COVID-19, can file an unemployment insurance claim. Per the EDD on its website, unemployment insurance “provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.” Workers waylaid due to the impact of COVID-19 don’t have to seek work during this period, but they do have to “remain able, available and ready to work” and meet eligibility criteria while claiming benefits. Typical benefits received range from $40 to $450 per week, per the EDD. Independent workers can learn more about their options here.

Parents who miss work due to their child’s school being closed might also be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. “Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely,” according to the EDD. Apply via the previous unemployment insurance claim link.

California workers who can’t work and who are medically certified to either have COVID-19 themselves or to have been exposed to it can file a disability insurance claim. This option provides workers with 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,” per the EDD. Benefit amounts typically are about 60 to 70 percent of a worker’s wages (depending on income) and range from $50 to $1,300 a week.

Those workers unable to work due to caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19—that can be verified by a medical professional—can file a paid family leave claim. This benefit “provides 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 or to bond with a new child,” per the EDD. Benefit amounts are about the same as those filing a disability claim.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order has waived the typical one-week waiting period for benefits; this means that workers can receive benefits the first week they are out of work. EDD processing typically kicks in within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

To learn more about your benefit options while impacted by COVID-19, visit the EDD’s website.

Photo credit: California Employment Development Dept.

46 Comments

  1. I am self employed, driving for Uber. Age 74 with long time respiratory condition. I am afraid for myself and my passengers. Can I collect Unemployment Insurance while I am self isolating?

        • I have several employers to list and although I save, and click save draft, frequently, I’ve done it at least a dozen times and it clears out my information. It is impossible to put it all in without it timing out. I tried to call and it hangs up after weight or has a recording to say call back. I work as a substitute teacher in schools every day for several districts, all of which are closed. I’ve been trying to contact them for a week now.

          • I also work as a substitute teacher. I had problems with the online application. I was able to speak with somebody. They emailed me the 12-page application, which I printed out. I sent it in around a week ago. Still waiting ….

        • I am a daily substitute teacher for many districts- working every day. I have several employers to list and although I save, and click save draft, frequently, I’ve done it at least a dozen times and it clears out my information. It is impossible to put it all in without it timing out. I tried to call and it hangs up after weight or has a recording to say call back. I’ve been trying to contact them for a week now.

          • I have the same question. If you have more than one employer do you have to file multiple claims? Also, if you fill something out incorrectly by mistake do they just reject your claim altogether? Its frustrating because you cant talk to any body on their phones and it seems they don’t allow you to leave an email message on their website even though they say you can. So, if you do something wrong by mistake there is no guidance.

    • To bad EDD UI claims don’t count the current fiscal quarter, only previous fiscal quarters, so if you’ve been out of work, and just found yourself a job, and find yourself laid off because of the COVID 19 crisis, your screwed for benefits. Where do those of us that slip through that crack find relief? I’ve worked really hard going through a lot to get to where I could finally work, only to be laid off, and out for any financial support, with rent and bills still due.

      • As do I, I’m searching everyone on the web to see but no such luck. EDD phone lines are max cap. So I’m just stuck here in the crack I guess.

        • Travis and Melly, have you both tried to apply for benefits anyway? The State of CA is going to have to lax their rules in this emergency state. Sooner or later.

          There are online jobs. Just don’t sell stuff online from your house! A lot of people are doing that since they are home anyway and it’s really a bad time for that. Try to file for Unemployment!!

          Or if you catch the virus, you might be able to get disability benefits despite being rejected from Unempl. Look at the EDD’s faq site for covid. I think I’m seeing some loopholes now as they are having to change things.

    • There will be enough , don’t worry just file . keep your faith in Jesus Christ . He will provide ! God bless you!

  2. I fall on this category ” Parents who miss work due to their child’s school being closed might also be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. “Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely,” according to the EDD”. My question are
    1. How long it will take to apply for EDD and Max and Minimum payment amount per week $ _ ?
    2.What kind of Document do i need to summit EDD and what are the assessment/ Measurement of Eligibility Criteria ?

    • It only takes about 20-30 minutes to apply online. The maximum weekly payout is $450. Because you have a child(ren) you may also ne eligible for a food card and mediCal if your company is not covering your health insurance. Best wishes to your family

      • Medescapacitaron ase mucho tiempo por un accidente de trabajao me dieron beneficios de discapacidad no estoy trabajando mi esposa tanpoco no se como llenar los papeles de nuebo para octener los beneficios .tengo que pagar renta biles extera nosabemos aque tipo de ayuda acudir

  3. How soon can i apply for unemployment benefit. If today, my employer informed me that effective March 28, my hours will be reduced, can i proceed to apply now or I have to wait till March 28?

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  5. I work part time as activities director at a 55+ active senior apt community. I was told by the state to “self isolate”. I need to work to pay my rent. Can I apply for unemployment?

  6. I fall ender ui due to school closure for my children, and I out down lay off because there was no option for school closure what did anyone put if any for that drop down I have a phone interview on Tuesday but I hope I don’t get disqualified

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  8. Are there any benefits available for those who have ‘underlying conditions’ (E.G. Diabetes) who are staying away from work due to stay at home orders by the governor?

    • I believe the EDD is changing their rules for self-employed if that is your case. They really need to if they aren’t already. The SBA is providing business loans and more help is to come avail soon.

      We are all losing money right now together. Just need to do the best we can and have faith. If you are self employed please let me know how it works. For unemployment OR SDI. I would file SDI first if I were trying it. They might say you have to contract it first but you have an extenuating circumstance so please just give it a shot.

  9. i filed a claim last night and submitted it received a case number tried to print the submission but my submission and thh case number disappeared. can’t now access it, i don’t see it, never received an email confirmation. the help screen only tells me how to print it by using online services but there is no link to print, in fact when i click on existing claims it only brings up a claim that i had filed back in 2013. has anyone else submitted without getting an kind of verification of submission?

  10. I am an arena worker. I have been out of work since the first days of this situation. I have been attempting to apply for unemployment everyday. I haven’t worked long enough to be deemed eligible for a new claim. In a attempts to reopen an existing claim I am having problems because I am required to have an account number which is mailed to to you when you first apply. I no longer have this information on hand and it can’t be recovered online. Calling the number is a joke. If you can get past the voice message that tells you to call back later, the main line to call hangs up on you. In addition to only being available from 8am to 12pm. What am I supposed to do from here????

  11. Saw interview with woman Fromm EDD said to choose the drop down menu online for coronivus but can’t find it??

  12. To get UI for child school closure and I have to stay at home to watch them, do I have to ask my boss if I can work from home,, then if she says NO, do I quit for good cause, then file for UI??

  13. I work in a casino as a dealer, my work is still paying hourly wages, but we were told to apply for unemployment to make up for our tips we lose out on. Anyone know what I should apply for? Thx in advance.

  14. I had a UI Online account from when I filed a claim in 2017. Back then, the site required a username and password but now it’s asking for my e-mail and password, and it displayed a security image and phrase I did not select. I tried the Forgot Password option but I never received the e-mail. So I tried to just create a new account, but it wouldn’t let me because it said there was already an account using that password. Yikes! Does anyone know if they changed the credentials process since 2017?

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  17. I had to reopen a file claim from 12-1-19 and update it with my new Corina virus lay-off . That claim was denied I have to now here from the reopened case beciase I couldn’t file a new one. One of the jobs I claimed said I was still hired on March but obviously I am not due to stay gone orders. What do I do guys? I can appeal that job at the little court for UI claims. I really need this to go through. Amid it normal to not be able to erase a job off the old claim if I messed up stuff like that. And is this a considered a disaster because it asks on the claim? Thank you all for your time and knowledge please stay clean.

  18. I recently exhausted my unemployment last month, but due to the new bill that passed, it makes unemployment extend 13 more weeks. Unfortunately, the website does not have an option where I can reapply or reopen saying I already maxed it out and not able to reapply until July but we know that is not true. Does anyone know how to handle this and set up the additional weeks? Obv I qualify, but we all know the phones are a nightmare, and would love to do it online if possible. Thanks!

  19. I applied two weeks ago. No notice that they ever received my claim by email, and can’t log back in until I “get mailed a pin number.” Nothing has happened.

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