Programs for Workers Affected by COVID 19

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in California, and the corresponding COVID-19 infections, have led Governor Newsom to relax the requirements and waiting periods for several types of state benefits. Those changes were made by executive order, and include:

DISABILITY INSURANCE-
An individual who is unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19, with certification by a medical professional, can file a claim for short term state disability insurance. The one-week unpaid waiting period is suspended if the disability is the result of COVID-19. Eligible individuals can thus collect state disability benefits beginning the first week they are out of work.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE-
An individual who is unable to work because he or she is caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, with certification by a medical professional, can file a claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits. PFL is often used in conjunction with FMLA, and provides about 60-70% of wages, up to a maximum of $1,300 per week. PFL is available for up to six weeks.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE-
An individual who has become unemployed, or suffered a reduction in hours, due to COVID-19, can file an unemployment insurance claim. The one-week waiting period is suspended if the unemployment or reduction in hours is the result of COVID-19.

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