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Resources for Employees

If you have been sick or quarantined

  • California COVID-19 Risk Screening and Testing
    If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, complete an online screener based on guidelines from public health officials. Based on the responses and testing appointment availability, you will learn whether you qualify for testing through this program at this time. Currently offering COVID-19 testing in California:
    San Jose (Santa Clara county)
    San Mateo (San Mateo county)
    Lake Elsinore (Riverside county)
    Sacramento (Sacramento county)
  • California EDD Disability Insurance
    If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides 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. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.
  • California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
    If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Additional information can be found on their main website.
  • California Governor’s Executive Order
    This state order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect Disability Insurance benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim. Full text of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20.

Caregiving

  • California EDD 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), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL 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. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
  • U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Online Dialogue for Paid Family and Medial Leave

Mental Health

  • Disaster Distress Hotline
    The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
    Call: 1-800-985-5990
    Text: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call: 1-800-273-8255
  • California Peer-Run Warm Line
    Call: 1-855-845-7415
  • HOPE Cooperative Peer Support
    Call: 1-855-502-3224 (available 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday- Friday)
  • I Got Your Back
    Mental Health Resource and Hub for those tied to the hospitality industry led by Sacramento restaurateurs, healthcare providers and businesses. I Got Your Back provides peer-to-peer support for those in distress and provides a safe place to talk.
    Call: 1-800-273-8255
    Text: Text “HOPE” to 916-668-4226

Unemployed or Reduced Work Hours

  • California EDD Unemployment Insurance
    If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
  • California Governor’s Executive Order
    This state order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect Unemployment Insurance benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency Worker Benefit Chart
    What employees are entitled to may be confusing. The purpose of this information is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.

Hiring

  • US Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration has up to 1,000 immediate openings of temporary positions for Disaster Recovery Specialists to help Business owners impacted by the COVID-19 Recover. Disaster Recovery Specialists will assist business owners in completing loan applications. Experience in oral and written communication and research and responding to customer inquiries is required.
    Weekend work is required and mandatory overtime could be substantial. Overtime is paid in excess of 40-hours per week. Please keep in mind that New York is the clearinghouse for these applicants and they will be disseminated across the country based on their geographic location. (Announcement number 10752837)
  • California Army National Guard
    Hiring California residents immediately for part-time military service to the state and immediate medical benefit eligibility. Upon enlistment, new Soldiers are immediately eligible to enroll in Tricare Reserve Select for family medical coverage, even before graduation from basic training.
  • Sergeant Jorge Gutierrez is the senior recruiter for the Sacramento area and is available to answer questions by phone or e-mail.
  • California EDD – Current Exams
  • Several locally-based companies have employment opportunities to address current workforce needs:

Banking Resources

Mortgage & Eviction Relief

  • 90-Day Grace Period for Mortgages
    Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions have agreed to put off collecting residential mortgage payments for up to 90-days for those that can demonstrate they are impacted by COVID-19. In addition, these financial institutions also committed to not report late payments to credit agencies during this period and for at least 60 days, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions, consistent with applicable guidelines.Important: This applies only to mortgages, and not rent payments.

Health Plan Resources

  • Covered California
    Covered California opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individuals who need health care coverage amid the COVID-19 national emergency. Open-enrollment is through June 30.

Self-Employed

  • California EDD’s Self-Employed/Independent Contractor website
    The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation.