COVID-19: Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Resources

California is committed to assisting workers hurt by COVID-19, read below for resources that may fit your situation. NOTE: It might take longer than 21 days before the EDD reviews your application. 

Sick or Quarantined:

If you are 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. The executive order issued by the Governor 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.

Unemployment:

If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm

Caregiving:

If you are 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. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

School Closures:

Parents of children that have to miss work due to school closures 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 EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

All information and resources can be found at Labor.Ca.Gov/Coronavirus2019