The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California, including unemployment assistance.
Sick or Quarantined - Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave for those who have actually contracted the virus or exposed to it and are quarantined (must be certified by medical professional)
Caregiver - Paid Family Leave for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted COVID-19, or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional)
School Closures & Unemployment Benefits for those whose hours have been reduced, who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures, who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable, or whose child’s school is closed and you must miss work to care for them. Note: The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work.
Worker’s Compensation: for those who are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted Covid-19 while in the regular course of their job (i.e. healthcare workers)
Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
Department of Labor: Family and Medical Family Leave
For a run-down of labor laws in California.
Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. Anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, is encouraged to immediately file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office by going to the Attorney General's website or by calling (800) 952-5225, or visit here.
Tax Payer Relief
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has unveiled a new People First Initiative for COVID-19 relief by temporarily adjusting and suspending a key compliance program.
For specifics on IRS efforts to provide relief to tax payers please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-unveils-new-people-first-initiative-covid-19-effort-temporarily-adjusts-suspends-key-compliance-program
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. More information: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return
California Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted extension to file and maker certain payments. More information: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/covid-19/extensions-to-file-pay.html
Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
- Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
- Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
- Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502”
Resources Based on Type of Employment
- For resources for freelance artists, click here!
- For resources for bartenders, click here!
- For resources for musicians, click here!
- For resources for tipped workers/service workers, click here!
Tax Filing Extension Information: The State of California Franchise Tax Board has announced special tax relief for California taxpayers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Affected taxpayers have been granted an extension to file their 2019 state tax returns and make certain payments until June 15, 2020:
Department of Motor Vehicles
DMV continues to provide essential services to Californians by mail, through available online services, kiosks, virtually and other means to continue processing critical transactions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Field offices are temporarily closed to the public statewide beginning March 27. All appointments at this time have been canceled and no appointments are currently available. Please continue to check the DMV website for updates.
Reporting Racism/Xenophobia: 211 is now taking reports of racism/xenophobia related to coronavirus. If you have been the victim of or witness to an act of violence, bullying, harassment, threat, or other act motivated by hate, please fill out the Hate Incident Report Form or call 2-1-1 to file a report and be connected to support services.
Low Cost Auto Insurance: CA Low Cost Auto is a state-sponsored program, passed by the CA legislature and managed by the CA Department of Insurance. The program provides affordable, low cost liability insurance to eligible California drivers whose income is 250% or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines and benefits not just low-income drivers, many middle-class households may qualify.
Price Gouging: the act of a business raising prices of needed products and services over 10% during a declared emergency
- OC Consumer Protection Unit
- LA County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs: (800) 593-8222
Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans’ symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing. Consult the VA’s public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
CalVet has enacted a number of policies to protect and care for the older veteran population currently under the care of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To stay up to date on their actions, please visit www.calvet.ca.gov.
VA Suicide Prevention Hotline
(800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office.
- Americans with Disability Act Complianc
- Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Resources for Businesses and Employers
- From Cal/OSHA: Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at (714) 671-9474.