Resources for Employees/Workers
Various unemployment benefits can help workers who are experiencing reduced hours or facing layoffs as a result of the coronavirus. Filing for any coronavirus-related unemployment benefits, family or medical leave, or disability benefits can be done through California’s Employment Development Department.
Other information pertaining to employment assistance, including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program and possible hotel rooms for California healthcare workers, can be found on the State of California’s coronavirus response page.
Executive Order N-33-20 waives the one week unpaid waiting period, so benefits can be collected for the first week out of work, pending eligibility.
Additionally, qualifying low-wage workers may be eligible for direct rent and utility assistance through the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative.