Resources for Employees
We want to hear from you: contact us directly regarding your needs or concerns as they pertain to COVID-19 response in our region.
If you have been sick or quarantined
- Housing for the Harvest
This is a new program that will offer temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It will help positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them a space to self-isolate.
- California COVID-19 Risk Screening and Testing
If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, complete an online screener based on guidelines from public health officials. Based on the responses and testing appointment availability, you will learn whether you qualify for testing through this program at this time.
- California EDD Disability Insurance
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.
- California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Additional information can be found on their main website.
- California EDD Paid Family Leave
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.
- U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Online Dialogue for Paid Family and Medial Leave
- Disaster Distress Hotline
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
Text: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- California Peer-Run Warm Line
- HOPE Cooperative Peer Support
Call: 1-855-502-3224 (available 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday- Friday)
- I Got Your Back
Mental Health Resource and Hub for those tied to the hospitality industry led by Sacramento restaurateurs, healthcare providers and businesses. I Got Your Back provides peer-to-peer support for those in distress and provides a safe place to talk.
Text: Text “HOPE” to 916-668-4226
- Sacramento Bee Facebook Live on Mental Health with Dr. Jonathan Porteus of Wellspace Health
- 2021 Mental Health Resource List | Nursing License Map
Unemployed or Reduced Work Hours
Disaster Relief Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants
The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. Read frequently asked questions.
California EDD Unemployment Insurance
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. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
Labor and Workforce Development Agency Worker Benefit Chart
What employees are entitled to may be confusing. The purpose of this information is to make it easier to understand what resources may be available.
Mortgage & Eviction Relief
- Mortgage Relief
- Below is a list of contact and other information from national banks, state-chartered banks, credit unions, and mortgage lenders and servicers who have agreed to provide the mortgage and fee relief announced by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 25, 2020.
- California COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act
The Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants and establishes the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Health Plan Resources
- California EDD’s Self-Employed/Independent Contractor website
The available benefits are insurance programs. To be eligible, either you or an employer had to make contributions in the past 5 to 18 months. It is possible these contributions were made at a prior job, or if you were misclassified as an independent contractor instead of an employee. We encourage you to apply for the benefit program that is most appropriate for your situation.
- EDD’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program