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: January 20th, 2021 @ 7:51 PM


Unemployment Insurance

Californians impacted by stay-at-home orders who had an unemployment claim earlier in the pandemic but stopped collecting when they returned to work, are encouraged to reopen their claim if they once again find themselves out of work or with reduced hours.

California is now participating in the Lost Wages Assistance program. This will provide an additional $300 per week for people who receive at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits. If you qualify, payments are for weeks of unemployment dating back to July 26, even if you are paid later.

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

EDD is piloting a SMS text notification option for individuals to receive updates about their Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. The pilot began on Saturday, May 16th with a small group of customers. Please note that all text messages will be sent from (877) 324-1224 and will begin with: “Message from EDD:” Claimants that receive text messages from the EDD will have the option to opt-out of receiving text messages at any time by replying “Stop.” Claimants may opt back in by texting “Unstop.”

Federal Economic Impact Payments

Starting December 29, 2020, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service began delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans as part of the implementation of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021.

The initial direct deposit payments may arrive as early as the evening of December 29 for some and will continue into next week. Paper checks began to be mailed Wednesday, December 30.

Eligible individuals will receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced.

This second round of payments will be distributed automatically, with no action required for eligible individuals.

Later in the week of December 28th, you may check the status of your payment at

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 for Food Sector Workers

California Paid Sick Leave: Frequently Asked Questions

Health Insurance

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

Videos to Help You Enroll in Covered California
Watch to see if you qualify for financial help, how to create an account, how to complete and submit an application, and how to select a plan.

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



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

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) Project, California is providing state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance. The application deadline was June 30, 2020. or (415) 324-1011

Free food and household supplies for impacted restaurant workers every Wednesday-Sunday, 4-6 p.m. for the month of April at AlaMar

Grant program for restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub employees who have been impacted by COVID-19

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

Grant Programs

Tax Filing Deadline Extended

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend federal filing deadline and federal tax payments

State Postpones Tax Deadlines Until July 15 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Free tax preparation assistance for individuals and the self-employed is available through VITA