How to Apply for Unemployment if Displaced Due to Coronavirus
What to do if you lose income because of the Coronavirus scare
As the Coronavirus pandemic and scare continues and spreads, many people will be facing the prospect of losing income as businesses shut down totally or cut back their hours. Some people may have to stay home to take care of loved ones or illness.
Some of those people may have to go on unemployment to make ends meet until the crisis ends. In California, the state’s sick leave law provides time off to many workers who are entitled to use whatever sick leave they have accumulated. In the event of a longer illness, a worker may be eligible for disability benefits if your illness is certified by a medical professional.
If those fail to help you, California has other benefits for those who will lose income. Governor Gavin Newsom announced some changes last week to make it easier to collect unemployment.
In an executive order last week, Governor Newsom ordered the Employment Development Department to waive the usual one-week waiting period for people who are disabled as a result of the virus to collect benefits. If you have been exposed to the virus while on the job and in the course of your regular duties, you may also qualify for workers’ compensation.
If you lose your job because of being sick with the virus through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can also apply for unemployment if your hours are cut as a result of the virus. His executive order also waived the one-week waiting period for those who were left unemployed as a result of the virus. Unemployment insurance ranges from $40 to $450 per week for up to 26 weeks.
A new state law requires businesses to give unemployment benefits to more workers including ride-share and food delivery drivers.
Whether a gig worker, an employee who has been contracted temporarily in order to perform an agreed upon task, qualifies for unemployment, paid family leave, or disability insurance depends on whether you or your employer are contributing to those programs on your behalf.
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