COVID-19 Resources for Impacted Employees

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The coronavirus has created significant financial hardship due to people being unable to work or having reduced hours due to illness, business closures, and school closures.  In response to this, both the Federal Government and the State of California have instituted programs to try and provide some relief from the loss of income.  Some of these programs are described below.

You may also find it helpful to verify your employer is aware of the programs identified on the Resources for Business page.

Updates

03/18/20 - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) was signed into law by President Donald Trump.  The Act includes provisions for many businesses to provide mandatory paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  These benefits will take effect April 1.  More information may be found on this Fact Sheet.

03/20/20 - City Manager Ray Corpuz issued an Order imposing substantial limitations on residential and commercial evictions within the City of Salinas.  A copy of this Order may be found here.

03/23/20 - The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is offering mortgage payment forbearance to multi-family property owners who suspend evictions of tenants for causes related to COVID-19.  The announcement and details may be found​ here.

03/25/20 - Governor Gavin Newsom announced that over 200 financial institutions have agreed to offer a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments to those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Program details and how to apply for relief may be found here.

If you are or will be…

Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.  The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI 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.

Caregiving (Sick or Quarantined Family Member)

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

Caregiving (Child Due to School Closure)

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and a California Employment Development Department (EDD) representative will decide if you are eligible.

Reduced Hours/Workplace Closure

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. 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.

Other Resources

California Employment Development Department

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency with Information for Workers & Employers regarding COVID-19

Monterey County Food Bank Locations

United Way Monterey County has compiled a guide of local resources available to our community to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and the countywide "Shelter in Place" mandate. They are updating this guide frequently, but there may be lapses in the information. Please call ahead to all resources before going anywhere in person. For general updates, text 'Covid19' or 'Coronavirus' to 211-211 for information in English and Spanish.