For Workers

Learn what type of benefits you qualify for and how to apply for them by seeing this chart of benefits available for workers.

Unemployment Insurance

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). Guide to applying for unemployment benefits

The state has removed waiting periods for unemployment and disability insurance for Californians who lose work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Check EDD’s programs and benefits for workers affected by COVID-19 for the latest news.

Help for self employed and independent contractors

On April 28, the state rolled 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. PUA benefits are 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.

California workers who receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits between March 29 and July 25, 2020 will get $600 per week added automatically to their benefits through the federal CARES Act.

If you’ve used all of your available Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, an additional 13 weeks of benefits may be available through the federally funded Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

EDD’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQs for more information.

Finding help can be confusing and frustrating. If you have already applied for assistance with a state agency but require additional assistance, please complete this casework privacy release form and email the completed form to **Do NOT include your social security number unless requested.**

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. 

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