California is working to support people financially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you lost your job or had your hours reduced, and meet eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Learn what type of benefits you qualify for and how to apply for them.Guide to applying for unemployment benefits
Learn more in this chart of benefits available for workers.
The state has removed waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Starting April 12, California workers who are receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits began receiving an additional $600 per week.
Help for self employed and independent contractors
Starting April 28, the state will be rolling out a new program to help unemployed or partially unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, and others who are financially impacted by the pandemic. This is a federally funded program called the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The PUA benefits will be available if you don’t qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state, and also don’t qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. PUA benefits will be issued within 24-48 hours, not the traditional 21 days for regular UI claims.
See other programs and benefits for workers affected by COVID-19 for more information and the latest news.
Hotel rooms for California healthcare workers
The Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) for California Healthcare Workers Program was created to keep California’s healthcare workers safe and healthy and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they don’t bring home the virus to their household. Once they leave their shift, they can stay near their healthcare facility at a participating hotel for free or at a discount.
Meet these criteria? Call to reserve a room now: 1-877-454-8785
Questions and answers
- CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
- CA Employment Development Department: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office
- Update on Essential and Non-essential Workers