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California Employment Development Program Provisions Relating to COVID-19

March 16, 2020

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California has implemented procedures for employees to obtain unemployment, paid family leave, or disability insurance benefits related to COVID-19. Here are the main points:

  • If employee is unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 and has the necessary supporting medical documentation, employee may file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim (1-week waiting period waived).
  • Employee can qualify for DI benefits if quarantine is certified by a medical professional or a state or local health officer.
  • If employee is unable to work because s/he is caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, employee can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
  • Employees may apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits if they are unemployed, which includes reasons such as:hours are reduced due to the quarantine; separated from employer during the quarantine; subject to a quarantine required by a medical professional or state or local health officer.
  • Employee could be eligible for UI benefits if they choose to stay home from work due to underlying health conditions and concerns about exposure to the virus.
  • Employee may be eligible for UI benefits if child’s school shuts down and employee has to miss work to care for that child (who is not ill).

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