Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Resources for Oakland workers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Date Posted: March 11th, 2020 @ 1:28 PM
Last Updated: September 3rd, 2021 @ 9:50 AM


EDD presentation on assistance programs for Workers during COVID-19

Your Workplace Rights During COVID-19 Poster - Source: Alameda County Public Health
English | Spanish | Chinese (traditional) | Vietnamese (updated January 2021)

Unemployment Insurance

On September 4, 2021, federal unemployment insurance benefits under the federal CARES Act will expire nationwide. Starting in mid-August, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) began reaching out to the 3 million Californians who will be impacted to build awareness of other vital state-run benefit programs, including;

Read fact sheets prepared by EDD in Armenian, English, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Watch the "Federal Unemployment Programs Ending, Additional Support Available" video

The new American Rescue Plan Act adds up to 29 more weeks of benefits to both Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims for weeks of unemployment starting March 14 and extending through the week ending September 4. The extra $300 federal Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) payment being added to each week of benefits claimants receive. These benefits can be paid retroactively if you are eligible.

File a State Unemployment Insurance Claim

How to Apply for UI Benefits (File a Claim) (YouTube) English | Spanish | Cantonese | Vietnamese | Mandarin

1-Week Waiting Period for State Unemployment & Disability Insurance Waived

Alameda County flyer on Job Loss and COVID-19

Federal Economic Impact Payments

The American Rescue Plan passed in March 2021 includes an Economic Impact Payment, which differs in some ways from the first two sets of stimulus payments in 2020. The 2021 payments are now on the way. Those eligible will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,400 for individuals or $2,800 for married couples, plus $1,400 for each dependent. Unlike the previous payments, families will get a payment for all their dependents claimed on a tax return, not just their qualifying children under 17.

Normally, a taxpayer will qualify for the full amount if they have an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 for singles and married persons filing a separate return, up to $112,500 for heads of household and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses. Payment amounts are reduced for filers with incomes above those levels.

You can check the status of your third payment by using the Get My Payment tool.

For more information, please read a fact sheet on the third round of Economic Impact payments.

Child Care

Essential Workers searching for child care can connect with Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies to find care

Essential Workers now eligible for subsidized child care, including health care, emergency response, law enforcement and grocery workers

Sick Leave & Disability Leave

File a Disability Claim if you’re Sick

Paid Family Leave if you're Caring for Someone Ill

Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

COVID-19 and Oakland’s Sick Leave Law The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance was extended on January 19, 2021.

Oakland recently updated its Paid Sick Leave law to protect workers from COVID-19. Employers should read the new guidelines and post the regulations in a public place.

California COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Employers with more than 25 employees must provide 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave for eligible employees who are:

  • Isolating/quarantining related to COVID-19
  • Attending appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 vaccine
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Caring for a family member who is subject to quarantine or isolation
  • Caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed due to COVID-19

The Supplemental Paid Sick Leave extends through September 30, 2021. 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave FAQs

California Paid Sick Leave: Frequently Asked Questions

Health Insurance

Covered California extends special enrollment period through June 30, including premium subsidies

Workplace Safety

On September 17, 2020, a new law (SB 1159) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom expands access to workers’ compensation and makes it easier for first responders, health care workers and people who test positive due to an outbreak at work to get the support they need, including necessary medical care and wage replacement benefits. Read Frequently Asked Questions. The law took effect immediately.

The Governor also signed AB 685 to ensure timely notification to employees and local and state public health officials of COVID-19 cases at workplaces. This notification will help workers take necessary precautions such as seeking testing, getting medical help or complying with quarantine directives. The changes will in effect from January 1, 2021, until January 1, 2023. Learn more at:

Criteria for Release from Home Isolation and/or Quarantine and Return to Work

When do I Self-Release from Isolation for COVID-19?

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus

File a Workplace Safety Complaint

File a Retaliation/Discrimination Complaint with the State



PG&E COVID-29 Consumer Protections

East Bay MUD vital services as Covid-19 pandemic continues

EBMUD’s Customer Assistance Program (CAP) can help pay for a portion of the water bill for qualified low-income customers in single-family dwellings.

Support Services

Legal resources on health, housing, public benefits and workplace/employment benefit from Bay Area Legal Aid

Centro Legal de la Raza Resources for Workers, including workers who are undocumented

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers on the State Labor & Workforce Development Agency website

Worker Resources at Oakland America's Job Centers of California for basic information, job search, job placement and training services

State of California's COVID-19 web page

Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs

Life Essentials, Training and Job Search support on OnwardCA

Free Online Courses Help You Prepare to Get Back to Work

Grant Programs