Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Resources for Oakland workers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Last Updated: September 3rd, 2021 @ 9:50 AM
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;
- low-cost health care
- rent relief and utility aid
- access to food assistance
- cash aid for families with children
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.
1-Week Waiting Period for State Unemployment & Disability Insurance Waived
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.
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
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
Covered California extends special enrollment period through June 30, including premium subsidies
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: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Coronavirus/AB6852020FAQs.html
Emergency financial assistance, legal representation and supportive services to prevent Oakland residents from losing their housing from Keep Oakland Housed
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.
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
Call 211 for critical human services information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs
Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund for restaurant workers, nonprofits and small business restaurants