Sick Leave – If you cannot work because you have tested positively for the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to someone who has, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. To apply for these benefits, click here.
Caring for a family member with COVID-19 – 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.
Caring for a child because of school closures – All of the schools in San Diego County have closed. If you cannot work because you need to care for your child, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. This employer paid program provides partial income replacement. To see if your situation meets the eligibility requirements and to file your claim online, click here.
Reduced Work Hours or Layoffs – The Governor and the County of San Diego have ordered all California bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries to close. Restaurants are only allowed to offer to-go and delivery of food. As a result, if your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down, 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
- If you are temporarily unemployed and expect to return to work within a few weeks, you are not required to actively seek work to receive these benefits. If you have been laid off or otherwise lost your job through no fault of your own, you are also eligible for these benefits but may be required to actively seek new work. To see if your situation meets the eligibility requirements and to file your claim online, click here.
Self Employed – If you were self-employed before COVID-19 and were impacted by the pandemic, you could be eligible for Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits if either you or a former employer has made contributions to a Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC) fund in the past.
FOR ALL CLAIMS: An Executive Order by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you if you are eligible, you can collect the benefits for the very first week you are out of work. For more information on state resources and to see if you are eligible, please refer to the Employment Development Department COVID-19 resource page, located here.
(For a quick reference chart to determine which benefits you may be entitled to, refer below/ click here.)
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
As part of the federal CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
If eligible, you could be receiving up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
Benefits are retroactive for weeks of unemployment on or after February 2, 2020, regardless of when you submit your claim application. If you qualify for PUA, and depending on the effective date of your PUA claim, the initial payments you will receive will be calculated for the weeks of your unemployment as follows:
- Phase 1
$167 per week for each week you were unemployed from February 2, 2020 to March 28, 2020 due to a COVID-19 related reason.
- Phase 2
$167 plus $600 per week added in from the separate Pandemic Additional Compensation program for each week you were unemployed from March 29, 2020 to July 25, 2020, due to a COVID-19 related reason.
- Phase 3
$167 per week, for each week from July 26, 2020 to December 26, 2020, that you are unemployed due to a COVID-19 related reason, up to a total of 39 weeks (minus any weeks of regular UI and certain extended UI benefits that you have received)
For more details on the PUA program and how to apply, please visit the EDD’s dedicated webpage.
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