Financial Assistance for California Residents Due To Coronavirus

State offering assistance during pandemic

March 15, 2020
Coronavirus

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The state is extending Unemployment Insurance to anyone affected by the Coronavirus. You can find more information about the program through the CA EDD here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Here's some basic information about the program: 

Reduced Work Hours

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.

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