puzzle piecesThe following programs may help provide assistance to those workers whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

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Rapid Response Program

There is help available to employees in San Luis Obispo County  impacted by workforce reductions, layoffs, and business closures as a result of COVID-19.  Check out this video on the Rapid Response program which is a no cost program designed to get you back to work as soon as possible, and help in the meantime. 

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 Labor and Workforce Development Agency
The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency provides an excellent list of resources for both employers and affected workers.  This easy to navigate site has details on types of services, who is eligible, and links on where/how to apply for services.   
 Employment Development Department of California 

The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, they encourage the use of online options.

EDD Page on Coronavirus

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  • If your business is directly affected by COVID-19, you can request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Include the impact of COVID-19 in your written request for the extension. Your request must be received within 60 days from the original past-due date of the payment or return.
 Sick or Quarantined Workers

If you are unable to work because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claimDI 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. 
 

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI 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. 
 

If you have been directed to quarantine because you are a close contact to an individual with COVID-19, you can file a claim for Unemployment Insurance (File for Unemployment - Overview | California EDD). 

 Caregiving
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.
 School Closures
If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may 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. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
 Self-Employed
If you are self-employed, you may have benefits available from EDD employment insurance programs that you or your employer may have paid into over the past 5 to 18 months. You may have contributions from a prior job, or you could have been misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Apply for the benefit program that best fits your situation. Visit Self-Employed/Independent Contractor to learn more.
 Workplace Health and Safety
For information on protecting workers from COVID-19, refer to the Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus.
 Employment Resources
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 Federal Information
 https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance

 Last Updated July 19, 2021